Master of Art Programs in Area studies

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Earning a Master in Humanities and Social Sciences is a great choice for individuals interested in human behavior and thought in the context of literature, history, the arts and philosophy. Graduates can work in a wide range of fields including academia, the arts, non-profits and journalism.

Prospective students frequently ask, what is an MA in Humanities and Social Sciences? Humanities and the social sciences encompass a very broad group of topics, and a degree can help better equip graduates to understanding the building blocks of liberal arts. Students can pick from a wide range of courses to match their interests, as there are degrees offered in many subjects.

One benefit of a degree in humanities and social sciences is that it can help further one’s prospects in many different careers. Students are taught critical thinking skills that are applicable for solving a wide variety of problems. The coursework for MA in Humanities and Social Sciences programs also includes an emphasis on writing, research, communications, and public speaking.

The cost for a Master in Humanities and Social Sciences can vary depending on the program and location of the school. Prospective students should speak with school admissions officers directly in order to confirm program fees and registration costs.

Graduates of the program can find employment in a variety of fields. One such area is the arts in positions including museum administrators or curators. Other options include obtaining jobs at non-profits or pursuing writing careers. Some choose to teach or go on to other graduate programs including pursuing a legal degree or a PhD.

Many institutions structure their programs with flexibility in mind. There are numerous online degree programs which may be better suited for people who live further from large metropolitan areas. Browse our comprehensive database to start exploring the many different educational and geographic options.

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M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 USA San Francisco

The University of San Francisco M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies program (MAPS) explores in depth the economic powerhouses of 21st century Asia and their embrace of the explosive forces of modernization. Located in the exciting center of America's most Asia-focused city, MAPS is an innovative program that studies both the economic and social dynamism of modern Asia and its rich history and cultural continuity. [+]

Master in Asia Pacific StudiesThe University of San Francisco M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies program (MAPS) explores in depth the economic powerhouses of 21st century Asia and their embrace of the explosive forces of modernization. Located in the exciting center of America's most Asia-focused city, MAPS is an innovative program that studies both the economic and social dynamism of modern Asia and its rich history and cultural continuity.As the Pacific Century unfolds, the MAPS Program is designed to serve the needs and schedules of both traditional graduate students and working professionals who seek an advanced education in East Asian cultures, economies and societies. With its interdisciplinary approach to the Asia Pacific region, MAPS prepares students for a broad spectrum of careers in the following areas:... [-]


Asian Philosophies and Cultures MA and PhD Programs

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

The Asian Philosophies and Cultures Program is committed to integrative, cross-cultural study and research in Asian religions and philosophies as they have developed regionally and impacted each other and the world from the classical period through the present and into the future. [+]

Asian Philosophies and Cultures MA and PhD Programs The Asian Philosophies and Cultures Program is committed to integrative, cross-cultural study and research in Asian religions and philosophies as they have developed regionally and impacted each other and the world from the classical period through the present and into the future. In keeping with this commitment, the program brings together both traditional and contemporary approaches to classical Asian material and, within an integrative framework, brings these approaches to bear on issues of contemporary relevance. Such issues include but are not limited to: Asian religions and conflict, Asian philosophical perspectives and ecology, traditional Asian practices of mindfulness and well-being, and cross-cultural hermeneutics. The program is distinctive in its recognition that spiritual discovery and practice can contribute to academic rigor in the study of Asian religious and philosophical traditions and their application to contemporary challenges. Its scope includes study of Buddhism, Hinduism, Chinese philosophy, and Islam, with respect to their classical development and their continuing global impact in the modern world. Students examine classical texts and contexts, spiritual practices and disciplines, and issues of contemporary relevance such as the contribution of Asian traditions to psychology, cognitive science, modern and post-modern philosophy, and the emergent ecological crisis. Courses in interdisciplinary research methods and optional language study complete the curriculum. Students gain an in-depth understanding of philosophical and religious thought in classical and contemporary contexts through their engagement with the curriculum and collaboration with faculty mentors and fellow students. The curriculum focuses on practical skills... [-]

Master of Arts in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies

The George Washington University - Elliott School Of International Affairs
Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2017 USA District of Columbia + 1 more

The Elliott School’s Master of Arts in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (LAHS) is an interdisciplinary program that helps students develop innovative approaches to the enduring problems and emerging challenges of the hemisphere. [+]

MA Degrees in Area studies. Despite impressive democratization and economic growth within much of Latin America and the Caribbean in recent decades, serious problems such as poverty, inequality, ethnic cleavage, crime, political violence, and illicit drug flows persist; while new issues, including those linked to climate change, resource competition, and natural disasters have emerged. The Elliott School’s Master of Arts in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (LAHS) is an interdisciplinary program that helps students develop innovative approaches to the enduring problems and emerging challenges of the hemisphere. The program’s design and location facilitate employment at a broad spectrum of organizations based in Washington, DC, as well as elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere. Is this program for you? LAHS is ideal for students seeking a rigorous academic program and an opportunity to develop professional skills for the workplace. The program’s curriculum combines required courses and electives selected to meet a student’s individual professional goals and intellectual interests. Classes meet in the evenings, accommodating the busy schedules of working professionals and allowing students to pursue daytime internships in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. [-]

Double Masters Programme in European Studies

University of Cologne Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Germany Cologne

The Double Master’s Programme in European Studies gives students the opportunity to benefit from the outstanding expertise of two top-ranking universities. Participants of the programme study at each university for one year and graduate with two master’s degrees from the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences, University of Cologne, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University. [+]

The Double Master’s Programme in European Studies gives students the opportunity to benefit from the outstanding expertise of two top-ranking universities. Participants of the programme study at each university for one year and graduate with two master’s degrees from the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences, University of Cologne, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University. The Double Master is an ambitious research-based and interdisciplinary programme which has a strong focus on the European Union, its institutions and policies. Students develop an in-depth understanding of the EU and of the workings of politics and society in an integrated Europe. The programme equips graduates with excellent methodological skills, enabling them to operate at an advanced level in an international research environment. During their year abroad, students will be exposed to an international environment that allows them to improve their intercultural and language skills. Students admitted to the Double Master’s Programme pursue a Research Master in European Studies at Maastricht University in their first year and complete modules of the Master of Arts in Political Science at the University of Cologne in their second year. The programme is based on the mutual recognition of credit points by both universities. Students attend a colloquium and write their master’s thesis during their year in Cologne. The thesis is jointly supervised by professors at both universities. In cooperation with Maastricht University The Fac­ulty of Arts and So­cial Sci­ences (FASoS) has ap­prox. 1,800 stu­dents and is one of the six fac­ul­ties at... [-]

MA in European Union Studies

University of Salzburg- Centre of European Union Studies
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2017 Austria Salzburg

Politics, Law and Economics are highly influenced by European decisions. Knowledge of European institutions, policies, decision procedures and law is therefore extremely relevant for everybody working in the public and private sectors. The unique master programme in European Union Studies imparts students with a profound theoretical and practical knowledge in these areas, by connecting political science, law, economics, history, communication studies and languages. [+]

MA Degrees in Area studies. MA in European Union Studies Politics, Law and Economics are highly influenced by European decisions. Knowledge of European institutions, policies, decision procedures and law is therefore extremely relevant for everybody working in the public and private sectors. The unique master programme in European Union Studies imparts students with a profound theoretical and practical knowledge in these areas, by connecting political science, law, economics, history, communication studies and languages. The programme also provides opportunities for studying abroad, enhancing the international qualification and the language competences of its students. Also the whole study programme is taught in English (since Curriculum 2016), intensifying the international focus . The master programme takes account of political and socio-economic processes and includes European practitioners and experts from the European institutions in its teaching programme. By simulating decision procedures and moot courts students practice preparing bargaining positions and negotiating these position in the framework of the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the Commission and the European Court of Justice. The Master programme provides students with: a qualification as experts in European law, politics and economics a profound knowledge of political processes and decision making mechanisms within the European Union a first intensive contact with European institutions during the study visit to Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg the chance to acquire additional skills during a semester abroad the possibility to develop their cultural and language skills within an international educational environment The process of European integration changes the political, economic and... [-]

European Studies

University of Passau
Campus Full time 4 - 6 semesters October 2017 Germany Passau

This cross-disciplinary master's programme, which combines elements from the humanities and social science disciplines, offers you the chance to consolidate and expand the knowledge and competencies gained in your undergraduate studies in a social, cultural, business or economic discipline, lending it a (greater) European dimension. [+]

About the programme

This cross-disciplinary master's programme, which combines elements from humanities and social science disciplines, offers you the chance to consolidate and expand the knowledge and competencies gained in your undergraduate studies in a social, cultural, business or economic discipline, lending it a (greater) European dimension. In this programme, you will be able to set your own study focus by choosing from a wide variety of subjects, including a number of European linguistic subjects and history, sociology, political science, geography, art history, East Central European studies and philosophy. To round off your profile, you will study in depth one or more of the following areas: foreign languages, media, intercultural communication, empirical research methods in social sciences, business administration, computer science and/or digital humanities.... [-]


Master of Arts in American studies

University of Southern Denmark
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Denmark Odense

American Studies is a two year MA program that focuses on the world's leading superpower. It looks at culture, politics, economics, literature, and society... [+]

MA Degrees in Area studies. Because of the global reach of the United States, most Europeans have the impression that they "know" America, which is often perceived as a single culture, with little recognition of the complexity and variety that are characteristic of the nation.American Studies is a two year MA program that focuses on the world's leading superpower. It looks at culture, politics, economics, literature, and society in a country of more than 300 million inhabitants in fifty distinct states. American Studies is an interdisciplinary study that draws on several disciplines that must be included in order to ensure that students can understand and analyze American cultural identities and the changing relationship between the United States and the rest of the world.Through its cooperation with several departments at the University of Southern Denmark, American Studies offers you the opportunity to shape your study program by choosing electives in the participating programs, including literature, history, politics, and journalism.  In the third semester, you also have the opportunity to go abroad to study in a European or American university through exchange agreements with selected institutions.   The application form is available by clicking on the appropriate box in the upper right hand corner of this page.This programme is offered in English. ... [-]

MA Program in Israel Studies

University of Haifa, International School
Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Israel Haifa

The International Master's Degree Program in Israel Studies offers students the opportunity for an in-depth study of the State of Israel from the beginning of the Zionist movement until the present. Emphasis will be placed on the complexity of Israel's society, including its multicultural character at home as well as its relation to the Jewish Diaspora. [+]

The International Master's Degree Program in Israel Studies offers students the opportunity for an in-depth study of the State of Israel from the beginning of the Zionist movement until the present. Emphasis will be placed on the complexity of Israel's society, including its multicultural character at home as well as its relation to the Jewish Diaspora.

The Israel Studies Department at the University of Haifa, known for its academic excellence, has developed a challenging, interdisciplinary course of study. The campus is a living laboratory where Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, Bedouin and Bahá'ís study side by side. Students will experience a dynamic, cultural mosaic where students of all ethnic backgrounds encounter and engage, becoming acquainted with each other and, even if they do not agree, learn to understand and respect each other. In this setting, students will experience in real life the relevant issues of a multicultural, multiethnic society.... [-]


European Studies and European Legal Studies (M.A.)

University of Hamburg in cooperation with Europa-Kolleg Hamburg
Campus Full time 12 months October 2017 Germany Hamburg

The two-semester Master Programme "European and European Legal Studies" is offered by the Institute for European Integration of the Foundation Europa-Kolleg Hamburg in cooperation with the University of Hamburg. After successfully completing the programme either the academic degree "Master of Arts (M.A.)" or "Master of Laws (LL.M.)" will be awarded. [+]

MA Degrees in Area studies. Are you fascinated by the process of European integration and the way it holds fascination for other regions in the world? Do you wish to deepen your understanding of this process and be actively involved in it? You aspire to a career in which well-grounded legal, economic and political science knowledge about European integration is indispensable? You have already completed your first degree preferably in the area of law, economics or political science with an outstanding result? Then you should apply for a place in our Master Programme. The two-semester Master Programme "European and European Legal Studies" is offered by the Institute for European Integration of the Foundation Europa-Kolleg Hamburg in cooperation with the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Hamburg. After successfully completing the programme either the academic degree "Master of Arts (M.A.)" or "Master of Laws (LL.M.)" will be awarded. The Master Programme takes one year – from October to September of the following year. It is a full-time course of studies. It is subdivided into nine modules in total. There are seven modules composed of academic lectures, five of which have to be attended during the winter term, whereas a further two lecture modules follow during the summer term. After the lectures of the winter term come to an end an academic master thesis is to be written for which a period of four months is provided. A practice module scheduled for the... [-]

M.A. in European Studies

Centre for European Studies at Jagiellonian University
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Poland Kraków

The MA programme in European Studies is composed of high-level postgraduate courses taught in English. Students will take classes from the core, key, specialty, and optional categories according to their academic specialisation and personal interest. The maximum duration of studies is 4 semesters... [+]

M.A. in European Studies The MA programme in European Studies is composed of high-level postgraduate courses taught in English. Students will take classes from the core, key, specialty, and optional categories according to their academic specialisation and personal interest. The maximum duration of studies is 4 semesters. Objectives This programme is designed to provide students with advanced and interdisciplinary knowledge of contemporary European affairs. Our focus is the study of the political, economic and cultural character of Central and Eastern Europe and the European Union. Most of our graduates apply their expertise in careers in either non-governmental or business sectors, while others continue with their studies on a doctoral level. Study Tracks At CES, we encourage students to develop their own independent curriculum and study track so that they can learn about and research topics that best reflect their interests and academic background. Students follow one of four related study tracks, and the MA degree with which they graduate reflects their specialisation. EU Studies Central and Eastern European Studies Central and Eastern European Studies: Research Track Europeanisation and Governance in CEE Studies in the Holocaust and Totalitarian Systems Degree Requirements Students are required to earn a total of 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) points, consisting of: The courses listed under each specialisation, chosen as part of the student's individually tailored curriculum Two semesters of foreign language training (Polish beg. to intermediate level or French, German and Russian at beginners' level) Workshops in methodology, academic writing and speaking,... [-]

MA in Semitic Languages and Cultures (Coursework / Research)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 2 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The coursework programme in MA in Semitic Languages and Cultures consists of a minor dissertation and the two modules. In research mode a dissertation where students focus on a topic from the field of Arabic, Islamic Studies, Hebrew (including Jewish Studies) or a cognate Semitic language selected in consultation with the Department must be written under supervision. [+]

MA Degrees in Area studies. MA in Semitic Languages and Cultures (Coursework) The programme consists of a minor dissertation and the two modules as listed below. Students, in collaboration with the Department, choose two modules from the list below. Modules are offered over two semesters. Each module is examined by means of an examination with a weighting of 45 credits each. The minor dissertation has a weighting of 90 credits. Students focus on Arabic, Islamic Studies, Hebrew (including Jewish Studies) or a cognate Semitic language. Modules have the following generic content: Compulsory modules Module 1: Methodology of literary research Module 2: Content analysis of a selected field of research Module 3: Minor dissertation Admission requirements To be admitted to this programme, a BA Honours in Semitic Languages, or equivalent qualification, is required. Contact details Name: Prof F Esack Tel: 011 559 2787 / Email: fesack@uj.ac.za MA in Semitic Languages and Cultures (Research) A dissertation where students focus on a topic from the field of Arabic, Islamic Studies, Hebrew (including Jewish Studies) or a cognate Semitic language selected in consultation with the Department must be written under supervision. Admission requirements To be admitted to this programme, a BA Honours in Semitic Languages, or equivalent qualification, is required Contact details Name: Prof F Esack Tel: 011 559 2787 / Email: fesack@uj.ac.za [-]

Master of Liberal Arts in Florida Studies

University of South Florida St. Petersburg - College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time February 2018 USA Saint Petersburg

The Florida Studies track of the Master of Liberal Arts Program allows students to sample a broad array of interdisciplinary classes. Students take Florida-based classes in the fields of History, English, Geography, Political Science, Journalism and Media Studies, and Anthropology. [+]

For everyone who lives, works, or studies in Florida, the best way to understand our state and the issues we face is to put them in the context of our history and distinctive regional culture. The Florida Studies Program brings together faculty from history, economics, geography, political science, anthropology, and other disciplines to create an integrated, in-depth exploration of our state’s changing identity as a part of the American South as well as a bridge to the Caribbean Basin. From environmental policy and resource management to political challenges and immigration reform, Florida presents distinctive issues that merit close attention. Students from any discipline can benefit from Florida Studies courses as they prepare for careers ranging from urban planning to social work, from historic preservation to international business. For anyone who is interested in how our state fits into matters of regional and global significance, this program presents the ideal opportunity to use the State of Florida as a teaching and research laboratory. Students admitted to the program take graduate classes toward pursuit of a Master of Liberal Arts in Florida Studies. Limited graduate assistantships are available to both new and continuing students. Program Description The Florida Studies track of the Master of Liberal Arts Program allows students to sample a broad array of interdisciplinary classes. Students take Florida-based classes in the fields of History, English, Geography, Political Science, Journalism and Media Studies, and Anthropology. Students will work closely with the program faculty who will approve courses and give advice on... [-]

MA in North American Studies

Radboud University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Nijmegen

The world loves American culture, but is deeply distrustful of American power and politics. In Radboud University we offer critical insights into both. [+]

The world loves American culture, but is deeply distrustful of American power and politics. In Radboud University we offer critical insights into both. Our Master's Program gives students the opportunity to acquire solid expertise in relation to the concept of "America" in a variety of fields: US history, literature, culture (including popular culture, film, theater and art) as well as political history, foreign policy, constitutional law and social science. Radboud University distinguishes itself from other American Studies programs through its emphasis on the cultural and political relations between the United States, its neighbors, and Europe. True to the tradition of American Studies, our program teaches students to approach issues from different angles and to think in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary ways. We also offer excellent internships thanks to our global network. This means that students who go on to study for a Master's degree have unique, near-native language abilities. In Radboud University you will find yourself in a dynamic learning environment where the level of scholarship and communication in (American) English is extremely high. This is one of the reasons why our programs are so popular. Another is the choice Radboud offers between two fascinating fields within which you can create your own custom-made program: "Literatures and Cultures of North America in International Perspective" and "Transnational America: Politics, Culture and Society." Students like the variety these programs offer. They tell us: "It's so much fun. There are so many interesting options to choose from."... [-]


Master in International Relations and Regional Studies

University of Tartu
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Estonia Tartu

The MA programme combines comprehensive study of international relations as an academic discipline and political practice with in-depth understanding of one or several key regions of the world. [+]

The MA programme of International Relations and Regional Studies combines comprehensive study of international relations as an academic discipline and political practice with in-depth understanding of one or several key regions of the world, including the European Union, Russia and Eurasia, and the Baltic Sea region. Why study international relations at the University of Tartu? The University of Tartu belongs to the TOP 1.2% of the world's best universities (QS and THE rankings) The research and teaching in the field of IR at UT is internationally visible and recognized placing us among the top IR schools in Eastern and Central Europe. Extensive international collaboration with universities in the U.S. (George Mason University, George Washington University), various universities in Europe, partner institutions in Russia (Higher School of Economics, MGIMO and others), and major international academic networks (e.g. PONARS-Eurasia, EISA, CEEISA). Interesting geographical location: Estonia is one of the smallest EU member states which is situated at the centre of the Baltic Sea Region and on Russia’s doorstep. Since 1989, Estonia has been in the centre of democratic, economic and geopolitical change in Eastern Europe. Advanced study facilities, excellent libraries, well-equipped computer labs and modern residence halls. Interactive and innovative teaching and learning methods are widely used. A wide variety of opportunities to study abroad, incl. Erasmus+ agreements and ISEP. Studying in Tartu is both attractive and affordable – high-quality education at a low cost in a country that is simultaneously both ancient and very modern, close to nature and technologically advanced,... [-]

Master of Arts in American Studies

International Black Sea University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Georgia Tbilisi

American Studies Master program has been specially designed for those interested in developing a career of an American Expert. It aims to provide multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary courses, adopting modern approaches of many American universities. [+]

MA Degrees in Area studies. American Studies Master program has been specially designed for those interested in developing a career of an American Expert. It aims to provide multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary courses, adopting modern approaches of many American universities. The faculty and students who make up the American Studies Direction combine interests drawn from a variety of perspectives: American Civilization, Literary Criticism, American Government, American Mass Media and Politics, American Popular Culture, American Geography and Regional Characteristics, American Studies and Globalization, Research and Study Skills. These courses are delivered by highly qualified professors, including American Fulbright Scholars, invited by the United States Embassy in Georgia. Language of Instruction: English Programme Duration: 2 years (120 ECTS) Awarded Qualification: Master of American Studies Tuition fee for Georgian citizens: 3540 GEL Tuition fee for international students: 3000 USD American Studies program is to give students profound knowledge of foundation courses: American Civilization, American Literature, American Government and Media. Besides, successful students will be able to explore how and why culture - particularly types of mass culture including film, television, music, advertising, etc. - plays such a significant role in Americans lives. The courses will help students understand more about how people in the United States think about their country and themselves. So far as the concentration of the program is involvement of students not only in lecturing, but research processes as well, they will acquire substantial theoretical knowledge as well as research skills. Programme Advantages It represents a very contemporary program, with an... [-]