Trinity Western University

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities

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The MAIH combines the disciplines of graduate studies in English, history, and philosophy to analyze significant aspects of Western culture, including those that are rooted in, are impacted by, and/or are challenges to a Christian world view.

It specifically focuses on such themes of cultural formation as: humanity's purpose in the world; the values, traditions, mores, and belief systems that inform personal and corporate relationships; and the context within which communities function.

This 36 semester hour MA program may be completed in four semesters or over several years on a part-time basis.

The MAIH offers either a more general humanities program or a more specialized focus in one of the disciplines in the program (with a thesis or non-thesis/major essay option).

For more information on this program, including program policies and important dates, download the MAIH Student Handbook

Inklings Institute

Trinity Western University has established a new research unit dedicated to the study of a group of popular British authors and thinkers, the Inklings. While the name may not be immediately familiar to many, the most famous members—C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien—are certainly household names, conjuring memories of favourite childhood fantasy stories.

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Who is the program for?

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities (MAIH) is a fully accredited degree program designed with two main groups of students in mind:

  1. Students desiring to advance to doctoral studies in English, philosophy, history or interdisciplinary humanities.
  2. Professionals
    • educators who wish to upgrade their professional qualifications,
    • professionals in many areas (writing; public relations; business; ministry; social services) who wish to gain skills and grow in understanding of cultural issues,
    • pre-professionals seeking qualification for professional programs such as law, education, librarianship, etc.

Program Options:

1. Specialized Humanities

This option is for students with a strong interest in one of the disciplines in the program. The level of specialization is similar to that of an MA in that discipline. Both the thesis and non-thesis options are open to any student with a strong background in each discipline, but they are especially designed for students desiring to continue on to Ph.D. studies in the chosen discipline.

At the same time, the interdisciplinary character of the humanities program is provided by: 1) the composition of the required three interdisciplinary core seminars; 2) the ability of the student (with the advisor) to select according to individual interest appropriate courses from a variety available in each disciplinary stream; and, 3) an intentional interdisciplinary component in the thesis. The common critique from a Christian worldview perspective also provides both an integrative and an interdisciplinary facet.

A. Specialized Humanities - with Thesis

The thesis is especially recommended for students in philosophy; it is optional for history and English students as determined in consultation with advisor.

B. Specialized Humanities - without Thesis

The coursework option is especially recommended for students in English; optional for history and philosophy students as determined in consultation with the advisor. This option includes the program core but replaces the thesis requirement with a major essay and an additional course.

Specialized Humanities – Thesis & Non-Thesis Checklist

2. General Humanities

This option is designed for a number of categories of students, including: teachers of English, history and social studies; professionals and other students desiring broad studies in the humanities disciplines; students desiring to pursue Ph.D. studies in general humanities. It includes the program core but replaces the thesis requirement with a major essay and an additional course.

General Humanities Checklist

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