How students in the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) use their year differs according to each student's interests—many use the year to focus more narrowly in a particular discipline, while others explore a variety of different academic fields. Our students may take classes in almost any department at the University of Chicago, but students typically take the majority of their coursework within the academic departments of the Division of the Humanities.
Create a Discipline-Specific MAPH Year
Many students come to MAPH to further their study in a specific academic area like English Literature, Art History, Philosophy, or Cinema and Media Studies. For these students, MAPH can function like a discipline-specific MA program: in addition to our one required course (Foundations of Interpretive Theory), you can complete all 7 elective courses in one area and complete a thesis under the supervision of a faculty member in that field of study.
Explore Your Intellectual Interests
Other students come to MAPH to explore their varied intellectual interests on a more intensive level. Some students completed their bachelor degrees in a field outside of the humanities and would like to learn more about humanistic study. Others combine coursework in a number of different fields—Art History, Cultural Policy Studies, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, for example—that results in an interdisciplinary thesis project.