Academics
 
  • Two weeks of academic and orientation activities prior to the start of Autumn Quarter. In this critical community-building period, students discuss common readings and begin to work with their preceptors and precept groups.
  • Foundations of Interpretive Theory. The Core Course is the intellectual heart of the MAPH community and an introduction to the theoretical underpinnings of contemporary humanistic research.
  • Two additional elective graduate courses. Choose additional courses from across the Division of the Humanities or other Divisions within the University.
  • Advising appointments with UChicago faculty members. These one-on-one meetings introduce students to faculty early in the quarter. Advising appointments with faculty
Community
 
  • Social hour. A MAPH tradition, social hour is an informal weekly get-together where MAPHers continue the conversation with fellow students, preceptors, faculty, and program staff.
  • Volunteer day at City Farm, a nonprofit environmental education center and urban garden.
  • Trivia night. Oktoberfest. Open mic night. Just a few examples of the numerous social events planned by the program mentors and the student-run social committee in autumn quarter and throughout the year.
  • Museum outings. The mentors organize trips to Chicago museums and institutions including such as the Art Institute and the Smart Museum.
Careers
 
  • Alumni Career Night. This annual event features panels of MAPH alumni on doctoral study, careers in nonprofits, writing, editing, and publishing, among others.
  • Career Advisors. Each MAPH student has access to career advisors in the Graduate Student Affairs office, as well as the weekly mentor office hours.
  • Graduate Student Affairs programming. GSA puts on weekly events for graduate students, such as the “Getting a Start In…” series and networking events. You can see more of their programming here.
 
Academics
 
  • Thesis Workshop. Winter quarter is when students begin the thesis process in earnest. Students forge a relationship with a faculty thesis advisor and meet regularly with their preceptor and a small group of other MAPH students to workshop thesis drafts.
  • 3 Elective Graduate Courses. Students choose courses from departments across the University to supplement their thesis work.
  • MAPH Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series. MAPH hosts eminent faculty from departments across the Humanities Division in lectures geared toward MAPH students and the University community at large.
  • A Works in Progress Conference. MAPH hosts a conference in which students get to present on their thesis work and receive feedback from their peers.
Community
 
  • Seasonal socials. In addition to social hour, students ice skate on the historic Midway Plaisance, make valentines, and decorate cookies while drinking hot chocolate in the lounge.
  • Talent Show: an annual MAPH favorite! MAPH students have a wide range of talents from live music to martial arts to Werner Herzog impressions.
  • Theater Outing. Students in 2015 attended a production of Waiting for Godot at the Court Theater, the professional theatre-in-residence on campus.
  • Volunteering. Students in 2015 volunteered at the Chicago Food Depository, organizing donations and repackaging food for Chicago’s hungry.
Careers
 
  • Teaching in the Community College Course. MAPH offers an annual pedagogy course providing the theory and practical skills necessary for community college teaching.
  • Career Exploration Sessions. Small group meetings are led by the MAPH Career and Alumni Outreach Coordinator to start planning for careers in the humanities.
  • Graduate Student Affairs Programming. The GSA regularly hosts workshops and panel discussions such as “From an MA to a PhD,” a panel of University of Chicago faculty dispensing advice on navigating the PhD application process.
  • Conference training. MAPH hosts a mini “conference on conferences” specifically for MAPH students, to help demonstrate and demystify academic conferences.
 
Academics
 
  • 2 Elective Courses. Students choose courses from departments across the University to supplement their thesis work in its last phase.
  • Thesis workshop: Students complete their MAPH theses under the supervision of their faculty thesis advisor.
  • MAPH Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series. MAPH hosts eminent faculty from departments across the Humanities Division in lectures geared toward MAPH students and the University community at large.
  • Area-specific workshops. The Council on Advanced Studies (CAS) hosts year-long workshops for faculty and graduate students, in areas such as Mass Culture, Animal Studies, and Medieval Studies. See a full list here.
Community
 
  • Social hours. MAPH continues to hold social hours every few weeks, continuing the spirit of collegiality.
  • Colloquium Launch Party. Current students and alumni celebrate the latest issue of Colloquium in a hip Chicago location.
  • MAPH Prom. A big dance party that’s our way of celebrating all the hard work our students have accomplished!
  • Convocation. Students bring family and loved ones to celebrate their year here and receive their diplomas from the University of Chicago.
Careers
 
  • GradUCon. A full day of workshops, panel discussions, and opportunities to meet with peers and UChicago Alumni to discuss your academic and career goals.
  • Summer Internships. Nine paid MAPH internships at local cultural institutions and non-profits; one Torch Service Fellowship.
  • Mentorships: MAPH hires two to three students from each cohort to serve as mentors to the coming MAPH year.
  • Job Opportunities: Weekly emails the last month of the quarter with job and internship opportunities tailored specifically for MAPH students.