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Thesis or No Thesis? That Is the Question.

Many master’s degree programs have a thesis requirement, though some make this element optional. Writing a thesis can be an important step for students who have specific ambitions beyond earning a master’s degree. Below we’ll examine those as we discuss: What a thesis is. How to decide whether writing a thesis aligns with your goals….

What Can I Do With an English Degree?

How do you envision an English degree program? A series of vocabulary and grammar lessons with an emphasis on pronunciation? In reality, an undergraduate English degree is not designed to teach you the English language but rather to complement your understanding of the language with an exploration of the rich culture of English-speaking people. In…

MA in History Course Spotlight: The 1920s, a Time of Monumental Change

When the 1920s began, a devastating world war was still raging. As the decade concluded, a stock market crash in the United States catalyzed a decade-long depression that reverberated worldwide. In the years between, many other significant changes and events took place that would lay the groundwork for the state of the world as we…

Bachelor of Arts in English Course Spotlight: What Is the Age of Johnson?

The Age of Johnson was an eighteenth-century period of English literature named for Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), an acclaimed poet, essayist, literary critic, lexicographer, and biographer. Also referred to as the Age of Sensibility, the Age of Johnson was nestled between the Augustan Age—distinguished by writers such as Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope—and the Romantic period,…

Five Feminist Writers That Changed History

Literature wouldn’t be the same without the influential writers who used their voices to make permanent changes in culture and society. Feminist literature, fictional or otherwise, seeks to help define, establish, and support equal rights for women in traditionally patriarchal societies.   Historic female poets of the sixth century, outspoken feminist philosophers of the 18th century, and modern women…

The Value of a Humanities Degree

For students in highly specialized academic fields, the professional path that begins after graduation is often clear-cut. Individuals who earn an accounting degree, for example, generally go on to become accountants. Other students, however, prefer a broader academic focus that spans several disciplines, making them a natural fit for studying humanities. Since the term humanities…

African American Writers That Changed History

For writers, narratives are often a synthesis of their real-life experiences and observations. While many writers have had struggles, be their personal tragedies, health issues, lack of acceptance, or economic disadvantages, African American writers have had a much steeper slope to climb. Slavery, racism, discrimination, segregation, and other forms of injustice have often created barriers…

Why Study History?

History is a subject rooted in the past, but it’s also connected to today and tomorrow. It informs our present, showing us how we arrived at the nation and world we inhabit today. And, as a topic of study, it can also tell us where we might be headed as a society—or even as individuals….

What Does Liberal Arts Mean?

The term liberal arts has long been connected with education. In colleges, there are liberal arts programs starting at the associate degree level and continuing all the way up to the graduate level. “Liberal” has many connotations, but what are liberal arts? How did they get their name, and why are they considered important in education?  First, let’s look at the origins of…

The Value of Humanities in Education

A 2019 research report from the acclaimed Mellon Foundation addressed the overall value of humanities, stating that they’re “useful to society in the preservation and curation of culture” and also that the humanities “contribute to the maintenance and health of democracy via teaching skills of critical reasoning, debate, and evaluation of ideas.” Being part of…

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