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Creating a Better Future Through Humanistic Inquiry & Practice

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The Humanities as a Means of Transformation

The Master of Arts in Engaged & Public Humanities at Georgetown University offers a strong foundation across the humanities through theoretical study and practical experience. Come on a transformative journey with us to understand the history, methods, ethical questions and practices that shape this emergent field. Through mentorship and community, you’ll create a portfolio of published, unpublished and multimodal work, preparing you for a rewarding career in various public humanities jobs. You’ll also gain experience through a mentored internship. Join us and become a scholar-practitioner who applies your advanced humanities training for a better future.

GRE Not Required
Full-Time & Part-Time Options*Core course options are offered after 6pm.
Mentored Internship Experience

Application Deadlines

January 15: Priority Consideration Deadline

No application fee if you apply by this date
Priority consideration for admission and scholarship aid

April 1: Final Deadline

Final application deadline for Fall 2024 start

Build a Strong Foundation for Success

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The Master in Public Humanities curriculum combines humanities disciplines with an interdisciplinary approach. You’ll come to understand theory, cultural analysis and historical perspectives and learn how to apply these skills to address real-world challenges. Our network of scholar-practitioners share insights on the intersection of humanities, professional practice and public life. With 30 credits of core courses, electives, internships and a capstone project, the program will prepare you for a career where you can successfully apply a humanities lens and inspire positive social change. Full-time students typically complete the program in three semesters (one year), while part-time students take between four and six semesters (one and a half to two years).

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Faculty Who Inspire & Empower

As a student, you will participate in interactive classes with world-class faculty who practice their craft in Washington, DC, and around the world. Our faculty are leaders in disciplines spanning the humanities and are committed to interdisciplinary research and teaching. Beyond the classroom, you will have the opportunity to benefit from mentorship and internships, and contribute insights to the field of your choosing alongside your professors. These experiences not only help build strong student-faculty relationships, but also provide valuable hands-on experience.

Ricardo Ortiz

Ricardo Ortiz, Ph.D.

Director, Master of Arts in Engaged & Public Humanities;
Professor, Department of English

Heather Steffen

Heather Steffen, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor

Michelle May-Curry

Michelle May-Curry, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor

Jessica Lu, core faculty at the MA in the Engaged and Public Humanities, where she teaches Digital Humanities at the Service of the Public Humanities

Jessica Lu, Ph.D.

Adjunct Lecturer

Embrace Diversity & Ignite New Ideas

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Our program is made up of diverse, motivated students, including recent graduates and experienced professionals interested in applying a public humanities lens to their fields. You’ll gain new skills, project-based abilities and experiences to enhance the work you do. You’ll develop critical thinking skills, meticulous research techniques and the ability to interpret complex systems, empowering you to tackle practical challenges. Our program fosters a vibrant community of engaged scholars, passionate about making a difference. You’ll become a catalyst for change, inspiring dialogue and contributing to a more inclusive and equitable world. Georgetown’s core Jesuit values of cura personalis, community, diversity and social responsibility inspire this collaborative learning environment.

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Christina Ribbens

Student Highlight

Alumna Christina Ribbens (M.A. ’23) spent her final semester in the program interning at the National Endowment for the Humanities on the Federal-State Partnerships team. This team works with state humanities councils to assist in procuring federal support for local-level initiatives. Ribbens chose our program because she knew Washington, DC, would be an ideal location to connect with humanities institutions.

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Learn more about embarking on this enriching journey of academic discovery, community engagement and personal growth. Together, let’s redefine the boundaries of traditional scholarship and create a future where the humanities are at the forefront of social transformation.

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