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

This course will combine the real world experience gained at the organization at which you are interning with the knowledge you’ve gained throughout your studies in the program. These two strategies—classroom/theoretical training and professional/practical experience—complement each other and together will ground you in the reality of daily life in your industry of interest, while at the same time enable an increased understanding of professional culture.