What Fall Quarter Looks Like at The University of Chicago:
Above all, Fall Quarter in MAPH is about Foundations of Interpretive Theory, MAPH’s intensive twelve-week Core Course. For our program’s entire 17-year history, Core has been the intellectual and social heart of MAPH’s interdisciplinary community.
Core challenges students to raise the level of their interpretive practice and analytic writing and enters them into humanistic inquiry at the graduate level.
But Core is also more than an academic course. Each week in Fall, the Core class breaks apart into Precept groups led by advanced PhD students. Here, MAPHers intensely engage with Core readings, discuss each other’s projects, and form a cohort that sees them through the entire year.
Social Hour, long a MAPH tradition, follows weekly Precept meetings. It’s an opportunity to continue the conversation with fellow MAPHers, preceptors, faculty, and program staff.
Fall Quarter is About Career Preparation
Regardless of a MAPHer’s intentions upon arrival at the University of Chicago, it’s important to start envisioning what comes after MAPH professionally early in the academic year. Each fall, MAPH kicks off Career Core with a series of professional development events. This fall’s events included: Careers in Journalism, Careers in the Arts, Strengths Quest, and an Alumni Career Night attended by over 20 alums in diverse fields. Each MAPH student also has access to UChicago’s Career Advancement as well as in-office resume review, job counseling, and professional development assistance.
Fall Quarter is About Service in the Community
MAPH's Service Core is a series of events meant to ask: “What does humanistic research have to do with the world outside of the academy?” and “How might academic work be usefully informed by an ethic of service?” This autumn, MAPHers did a day of service at The Resource Center's City Farm, a non-profit environmental education center and urban garden. This year, MAPH partnered with the University's Community Service Center to offer the Service Match program. A few qualified MAPH students applied to volunteer with the SISTERS, Inc. organization, a leadership and mentoring program for young women ages 11-18. In upcoming quarters, MAPH volunteers will work in other Chicago non-profits and schools to continue the conversation about how an MA in the Humanities can prepare them for careers and lives that include service.
Useful Online Resources: Learn More About MAPH
- MAPHTastic, the Current Student Blog: From the helpful and important to the silly
- AfterMAPH, the Alumni Blog: Read stories about alums in a wide range of professions
- Colloquium, MAPH's online magazine featuring alumni writing, photography and other works
- MAPH’s official Facebook Page
- Bringing the Humanities into the World, a profile of MAPH at 15
- Why a Terminal MA Degree? Thoughts from the Assistant Director of Masters Program Engagement for the University of Chicago (MAPH ‘10)