Curriculum

Core Courses: 12 Credits

ENPH – 501 “Introduction to Public Humanities: Theory, Methods, Ethics, and Practice”

An introductory, cohort-shaping proseminar that investigates and historicizes major concepts and issues in the program (interdisciplinarity, discipline, public(s), humanities, the relationship between humanities study and humanities practice, etc.) and invites students to explore an “interdiscipline” of interest (e.g., humanities and law, humanities and medicine, humanities and climate change, humanities and aging, humanities and global health) through a research project. The course introduces the public humanities as an emergent discipline unto itself, with a definable object of study and a distinct methodology.

ENPH – 502 “Culture and Communicating for the Public Sphere: Oral/Print/Digital Media”

This course focuses on doing many of the most important kinds of writing and communicating that you will use in your career in the engaged and public humanities.  Ranging across advertising copy to infographics to web content to grants, the course’s activities will familiarize you with the primary modes of communication in the contemporary nonprofit world.  It will also introduce some of the methods of improving (“optimizing”) your copy and graphics for better outreach to target audiences through techniques such as search engine optimization (SEO), A/B testing and heat mapping. 

The aim of the course is not to build expertise in any single area of nonprofit communication, but to equip you to recognize the differences between these modes and to equip you to recognize when you need to grow in an area, how to look for models of good practice, and how to emulate those models.

ENPH – 503 “Culture, Public Life, Private Industry”

The course introduces the institutional structures (including government, law, medicine, and both non-profit and profit-driven entities) in which public humanities graduates are employed, exploring where the humanities intersect with professional practice and public life, but also where fissures persist between our understanding of the humanities and the arts and their purpose in contributing to the common good. Students might choose which one of these to pursue depending on their goals and focus of study. The course allows students to pursue research into a particular institution, business, or non-humanities discipline and its relationship to the humanities.

ENPH – 504 “Digital Humanities in the Service of Public Humanities”

This course covers the main areas of what we call Digital Humanities (DH) today: DH as a research tool, DH as a driver of pedagogical innovation, DH as the agent of social change, DH as itself an ontological register for expressive work open to humanities study, and DH as the shorthand for non-print-based, alternative media platforms for the production of knowledge. Students will develop an understanding of the debates that currently drive growth in this field through reading theory as well as analyzing current applications and then develop a digital project of their own related to their larger MAEPH goals.


Elective Courses: 12 Credits

Four courses in the student’s area of interest. Students will take available graduate courses or upper-level undergraduate courses (adjusted for graduate credit) in their discipline or in an interdisciplinary area with departmental and instructor approval, combining them with independent studies and tutorials.

Georgetown offers an extensive list of potential courses, from those in the classics to art history (museum architecture, icons and iconoclasm), to philosophy courses in bioethics, political philosophy, and other relevant topics. A student interested in a foreign language, for instance, might wish to take advanced undergraduate or graduate courses in the literature and culture of the non-English speaking world while pursuing a project in a bilingual non-profit or corporate environment.

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Mentored Internships: 6 Credits

The mentored internship is designed to be completed as an intensive six-credit internship during the summer, in tandem with the capstone; students are expected to work closely with a faculty advisor or the program director.

There are two possible tracks. The full-time student will take all six credits of the internship during the summer of their degree program, working full-time for 10-15 weeks, culminating in the finishing of the capstone. The part-time student will split the mentored internship in two and work part-time – the first summer for three credits, and the second summer for three credits – at the public humanities organization of their choice. Part-time students will also register for the capstone during their second summer. The internship is assessed on a pass/fail basis dependent on the work at the sponsoring organization, their weekly journal, and their end-of-internship report.

ENPH – 508 “Internship #1” & ENPH – 509 “Internship #2”

The mentored internship is meant to ground the student in the reality of daily life in their public humanities organization of interest. Students will work with the program director and other faculty mentors to identify their interests and potential organizations, institutions, businesses, or non-profits that supplement their course of study in the master’s program. The student must be pro-active in arranging their internship.

Once the internship conditions and scope of work have been agreed upon by the student, the program director, and the internship sponsor, the student will work with the director to design a short reading list (6-10 texts) to supplement their internship experience. Students will keep a weekly journal that they will turn in to the director and/or their faculty capstone advisor at the end of their internship. There is no prescribed format for the journal, but students should make connections between the reading list, their studies, and the professional experience as the internship progresses. As the internship finishes, students will also write a 7-10 double-spaced page report discussing the work they’ve accomplished as part of their internship. The weekly journal and the report, once complete, will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

Students on internship will meet in groups with the director for coaching and troubleshooting three times during the internship.

If a student is part-time and separating out the six-credit internship into two three-credit internships over two summers, the student should still develop a short reading list (3-7 texts), keep a weekly journal, and be prepared to write a 4-6 double-spaced page report on their experience for each internship experience.

ENPH – 507 “Public Humanities Report”

Very occasionally, a graduate student is already involved or employed in the engaged and public humanities and a mentored internship will not further their careers or supplement their academic knowledge as intended. In these cases, with the prior approval of the Director before they begin the report, the student may write a public humanities report (PHR) while enrolling in six academic
credits.

The PHR is a written document that is a blend of research (both academic and non-academic), investigation, and proposing solutions. The PHR should address a question or a problem prevalent in the engaged and public humanities and pose an extensive answer to the question or solution to the problem.

A graduate student writing a PHR should be prepared to work one-on-one with the Director while drafting the report. It is highly recommended that a student writes a brief proposal outlining the chosen field in the engaged and public humanities and the question or problem the student has chosen to pursue. The student should expect to submit writing for review every three weeks for comments by the Director. The consultation of a public humanities leader outside of the academy is not required, but highly encouraged, particularly for approval of the final draft.

In drafting the report, the student should engage in a variety of approaches to collect information: interviews with non-academic experts; collecting data from industry non-profits or non- governmental agencies; surveying public humanities leaders; researching past initiatives, events, or recommendations in the public sphere; and delving into archival or library research in the engaged and public humanities. To that end, the student can expect to be working at least 15-20 hours a week collecting and reading through information, as they write the PHR. Like the mentored internship, the graduate student should think about the PHR as a supplement and lead into the capstone project, which is a separate graduation requirement.

The final draft of the PHR should be read for approval by Director approximately 8-10 weeks after starting research and completed by the end of July of the student’s graduating year. The public humanities report will be published in PDF format on the ENPH program website.