Humanities (MA)

Pursue your degree and apply your unique perspective as you take-on an interdisciplinary approach to the fields of ancient studies, English literature and rhetoric, modern languages, music, philosophy, religious studies, and women's studies.

Academic Advisor

Ernst Gerhardt, DIrector

Telephone: 705-675-1151 ext. 3220


Office: Parker Building, Office 714

How to Apply
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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

A minimum of B+ standing in a four-year humanities degree, or equivalent.

A minimum of B+ standing in a qualifying year program after a general (three-year) B.A. in a humanities subject.

For those with non-humanities degrees, a minimum of B+ standing in a Qualifying Year program approved by the program council. In exceptional circumstances this requirement may be waived if the applicant has an excellent record and can demonstrate appropriate undergraduate experience.

Application Process

Step 1. Click here to submit the online application. Once students have applied, they will receive instructions (typically within 48 hours) from the Office of Admissions leading them to the MyLaurentian portal. Students can access the portal at; sign in credentials will be provided in the correspondence received from the Office of Admissions upon successful completion of an application. The following documents will be required in order to complete an application.


  • Three Reference Forms (to begin the process at click on "Reference Submission" on the left-hand navigation menu)
  • 500-word (minimum) statement of purpose explaining the motivation and purpose for undertaking the degree program. This should include the general topic of your projected thesis, as well as the name(s) of potential thesis supervisor(s). Click the tab “Faculty Members”.  (To be uploaded via MyLaurentian)
  • A sustained piece of upper year university writing, by the applicant, of at least 1500 words. (To be uploaded via MyLaurentian)
  • Official Academic Transcript(s) from all post secondary studies* (Please note that current or prior Laurentian University students do not need to request transcripts)

*Please note that official transcripts or WES course-by-course (for institutions attended outside of North America) must come directly to the Office of Admissions from the previous post secondary institution by requesting at the time of your application or by contacting the institution's Registrar's Office.
Step 2. Once the Admissions Office receives all information and the application is deemed complete, the application will be forwarded to the department.  An Admissions Committee meets to review the applications.
Step 3. The Admissions Committee will review all applications on file and make a decision regarding the suitability of each applicant.  The Admissions Committee will then make a recommendation to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Laurentian University. The Graduate Studies office will verify the dossier and if satisfactory, the Dean of Graduate Studies will forward the recommendation to the Office of Admissions at Laurentian University for admission.
Step 4: If approved for admission, the Office of Admissions will send the student an Offer of Admission via MyLaurentian.  Applicants wishing to accept the offer of admission must indicate their response on MyLaurentian within 3 weeks of receiving the offer. Once the student has accepted the offer, a transition to the registration process occurs.


For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.

Students must follow these regulations while in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


Approved Fields of Study

  • Classical Studies
  • English
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Social/Culture Interpretation and Values
  • Theatre Arts
  • Women's Studies

Full-time and part-time students may choose either the course regular (thesis) stream or the non-thesis stream.


Regular Stream (with Thesis) (30 credits)
• HUMA 5024 - Thesis (9 credits)
• HUMA 5117 - Academic Research Methods (3 credits)
• HUMA 5266 – Academic Culture and Practice (3 credits)
• five 3-credit elective courses, one of which may be a Practicum (15 credits)
• Seminar in interdisciplinarity (non-credit)
• Language Requirement (non-credit)

Under the guidance of their thesis supervisor, the student will prepare a thesis proposal and submit it to the Program Council for approval by December 1st of the student’s first semester.  The thesis protocols are found here.

Students may choose to write either an interdisciplinary thesis, or a single-disciplinary thesis in English, Religious Studies, Music, Philosophy, Theater Arts, Women Studies, Classical Studies, Italian Studies or Hispanic Studies (all disciplines represented by qualified faculty members in the program). This “disciplinary focus” will appear on the student’s degree description and may serve as an additional credential to those who plan to go on to a PhD in a particular discipline.

Non-Thesis Stream (with Major Research Paper)
• HUMA 5117 - Academic Research Methods (3 credits)
• HUMA 5266 – Academic Culture and Practice (3 credits)
• HUMA 5267 - Major Research Paper (3 credits)
• seven 3-credit elective courses, one of which may be a Practicum (21 credits)
• Seminar in interdisciplinarity (non-credit)
• Language Requirement (non-credit)

Non-Credit Requirements

1. Seminar in Interdisciplinarity. The seminar provides students and faculty with a common context for interaction and discussion of thematic, methodological, and theoretical concerns of Humanities studies; it will meet at least six times across the fall and winter terms. Students are expected to attend a minimum of 80% of the seminars.

2. Language requirement. All students must demonstrate reading competence in a second language

Additional Information

  • Funding is usually available to any full-time student entering the program with a GPA of 7.5 or higher. Please contact the program director for more details.
  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 5.5 (B or 70%) standing to complete the program.
  • Full-time students must spend a minimum of two years (4 semesters) registered at Laurentian.
  • Full-time students must complete all degree requirements within four years of the original date of admission.
  • Part-time students must complete all degree requirements within six years of the original date of admission.


Enrolment options


HUMA-5024EL - Thesis HUMA-5117EL - Academic Research Methods HUMA-5126EL - Selected Topics I HUMA-5127EL - Selected Topics II HUMA-5196EL - Directed Reading Course HUMA-5236EL - Cultural & Cross-Cultural Interpretations HUMA-5256EL - Environmental Humanities HUMA-5266EL - Academic Culture and Practice
HUMA-5306EL - Identity Formations HUMA-5306EL - Text and Identity HUMA-5386EL - Memory and Imagination HUMA-5406EL - Art, Thought, Society HUMA-5457EL - Text and Belief HUMA-5467EL - Text and Theory HUMA-5477EL - Text and Time