Why Interdisciplinary Humanities?

Interdisciplinary Humanities combines the disciplines 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.

Why Interdisciplinary Humanities?

Interdisciplinary Humanities combines the disciplines 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.

Think for good, train with purpose. 

The MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities will take you on an academic expedition through three related disciplines: English, Philosophy, and History. Delve into
the foundation of what it means to be human, considering major perspectives
on humanity’s purpose along the way. Whether you are a scholar, educator, or professional, this program will augment your intellectual toolkit, sharpen your critical thinking, and deepen your personal awareness and professional purpose. Trinity Western’s MAIH is uniquely positioned to help you navigate the spiritual or faith- based dimension of literary, philosophical, and historical thought, generating a more holistic understanding of your field of study. Enjoy the diverse and flexible learning environment and the exceptional faculty mentorship that makes TWU’s MAIH one of Canada’s most creative and vibrant interdisciplinary MA programs

Program Delivery

This MA comprises 30 semester hours and offers multiple entry points.  Complete the degree full-time in one year (Fall, Spring and Summer semesters) or go part-time and create a program adapted to your unique educational plan. The program’s flexible learning environment, which includes some distance learning opportunities, can be tailored to your specific area(s) of interest, and you may choose a general humanities approach or concentrate on English, History, or Philosophy. Candidates satisfy their degree requirements by taking three core courses, disciplinary course electives and, in most cases, a final assignment, which may be a traditional major research essay / thesis or an applied-research project.  The applied research project is a creative and innovative experiential assignment that is directly relevant to the candidate’s desired academic, educational or professional outcomes.  No matter what approach to the program you take, academic accomplishment will serve you well in your career and personal journey.

Certificate Options

We offer several certificates that recognize competency in specific themes that are informed by the Humanities. Certificates include one of the Core courses (English, History or Philosophy) and several additional courses that together form an expertise cluster.  Although you do not need to be enrolled in the MAIH program to earn stand-alone certifications, graduate courses completed for any of our certificates can be used to satisfy the MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities degree requirements.

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Program outcomes

Broaden your way of thinking and wrestle with what it means to be human.

Gain a holistic understanding of your chosen studies by analyzing historical, philosophical, and literary texts.

Learn how spiritual beliefs and practices shape the way we think about the world.

Prepare for entry into Ph.D. programs in Canada and internationally (future academics).

Qualify for salary upgrades through the British Columbia Teachers Qualification Service (educators).

Lead with meaning and purpose in your vocation or service (professionals).

Alumni Perspective

"Philosophy done well, I think, has the capacity to help us to worry less. I have encountered several students of Western philosophy, as well as some public opinion, that tend towards almost the opposite conclusion: philosophy leads to entanglement in unsolvable or useless conundrums."

BEN BIRKENSTOCK (Read the full interview)​


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Our graduate programs offer a variety of scholarships, grants, awards, and/or assistantships that provide financial assistance for students registered in full-time graduate studies.

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Admission Requirements

Are you ready to advance your professional or academic career with a graduate degree? Find out what you need to join an innovative community committed to making a positive difference in the world for Christ.

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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, the most famous members being—C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. 


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Faculty Profiles

Craig Allert, Ph.D.

Professor of Religious Studies and History
Director MA in Biblical Studies
Coordinator Christianity and Culture Program

Robert Burkinshaw, Ph.D.

Professor of History (Retired)

Robert Doede, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy

John Dyck, D.Phil

Retired Assistant Professor of Political Studies

Janet Epp Buckingham, B.A., LL.B., LL.D.

LLC Director; Professor of Political Studies and History

Bruce Guenther, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Church History and Mennonite Studies

Grant Havers, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy and Political Studies

Monika Hilder, Ph.D.

Professor of English

John Klassen, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of History
Holly Faith Nelson

Holly Faith Nelson, Ph.D.

Professor of English
MAIH English Stream Coordinator
Co-Director of the Gender Studies Institute

Sara Pearson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Chair, Department of English and Creative Writing

Myron Penner, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy, Director
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities
Director, Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre for Faith and Learning

Darren Provost, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History, Coordinator for History

Robynne Rogers Healey, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Co-coordinator Gender Studies Minor
Co-director, Gender Studies Institute.

Paul Rowe, Ph.D.

Professor and Coordinator of Political and International Studies

Bruce Shelvey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History and Political Studies
Environmental Historian

Lynn Szabo, M.A.

Professor Emerita in English