Jennifer Keene, Ph.D., Dean
Eric Chimenti, MFA, Associate Dean
Stephanie Takaragawa, Ph.D., Associate Dean
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences currently offers five master’s level degrees: Master of Arts in English, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Dual Degree Program: Master of Arts in English and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Master of Arts in International Studies, and Master of Arts in War and Society.
The M.A. in English is usually seen as a bridge to Ph.D. studies and faculty are exceptionally able to offer a background in a wide range of English studies. The program also recognizes that for some students the M.A. can be used for advancement in high school teaching or for employment at community colleges throughout the country. The M.A. degree is aimed at enabling students to receive the historical background, the writing confidence and the critical thinking skills to pursue careers in English or other humanistic endeavors.
The MFA is a terminal degree in creative writing. Graduates from this program may choose to enter higher education and teach their craft or find careers in editing or publishing their own work. Faculty in this program are dedicated to fostering creative growth and maturity in our students. In brief, the MFA prepares students for creative endeavors wherever they appear.
The dual degree in English and creative writing provides the opportunity for both the literary and the creative aspects of English to be learned and assimilated. Combining the practice and study of creative writing with literary scholarship, the dual degree is specifically designed to meet your needs should your aspirations be to pursue a career in teaching English and creative writing at the university, community college or secondary school level. As a full-time student, you can complete the 54-credit dual degree program in three years; as a part-time student, you can complete the program in five years.
The M.A. in International Studies is a two-year, interdisciplinary course of study designed to train students seeking careers in the U.S. Foreign Service, the United Nations and its specialized agencies or international nongovernmental organizations. The program provides an integrative curriculum including political science, comparative sociology, economics with an emphasis on trade and development, social psychology, foreign languages and other related fields. The program is distinguished by overseas summer internships and an emphasis in the influence of cultural forces on international affairs.
The M.A. in War and Society is either a one-year accelerated program or a two-year, interdisciplinary course of study built around the themes and methodological approaches that comprise the field of war and society studies. The program offers a transnational and interdisciplinary perspective on the lived experience and consequences of war by exploring theoretical frameworks and diverse archival materials including written, visual and oral historical evidence. Students master graduate-level writing, research and critical thinking skills to open up possible career paths in education, policy-making, museums, law, non-profits and business.