Master of Arts in Comparative Humanities
The Master of Arts Program in Comparative Humanities (MACH) explores major themes of human experience using comparative and cross-cultural approaches.
Our program can be completed in a single year, although students have the option of continuing their studies beyond the first year. Current Brandeis undergraduates also have the option to enroll in the program and join the MACH community in their senior year through the BA/MA track. In consultation with a faculty advisor, each student builds a coherent curriculum that bridges cultures and disciplines.
Students who majored in the humanities or in an interdisciplinary program are attracted to our graduate program as a means by which to hone their research interests, develop their communication skills, and gain credentials for a professional career or further graduate studies. The comparative humanities program provides opportunities for professional development, intellectual advancement, and preparation for doctoral studies in a host of fields. The program provides both guidance and flexibility for:
- Professional or pre-professional students seeking advanced training in language, literature, and cultural studies
- Prospective doctoral candidates seeking rigorous preparation in textual and cultural studies
- Students who want to explore several fields before identifying a definitive career path
- Current teachers planning to return to the classroom and non-teachers looking to teach at the secondary or community college levels
- Individuals with knowledge of one discipline wanting to enhance their understanding of another
Our comparative humanities program fosters and nurtures an interdisciplinary intellectual community befitting of its graduate students, participating faculty, and the university as a whole through activities such as:
- Ongoing Comparative Humanities Salon, which focuses on the discussion of relevant current events and publications
- Faculty and graduate student administered Working Groups on humanities-related topics, providing an open environment for interdisciplinary conversations
- Year-end symposium showcasing MACH students’ capstone projects
Brandeis is a medium-sized research university devoted to excellence in both teaching and research, with a strong emphasis on the interdisciplinary training of graduate students.
With approximately 3,200 Brandeis undergraduates and roughly 800 scholars in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, MACH students are members of a larger, dynamic university community. The program is small enough to provide interactive, engaging learning with preeminent scholars and researchers, yet large enough to provide students with paramount academic and research opportunities.
Brandeis, Boston, and the Benefits
Our location just outside of the historic, cosmopolitan city of Boston puts cultural, educational, research, and career opportunities at your fingertips. This interdisciplinary approach, which lies at the heart of our MACH program, is just one of many reasons that Brandeis is a unique and lively home for the humanities:
- Our MA encourages cross-cultural and trans-regional work that draws upon the rich co-curricular course offerings of Brandeis’ Mandel Center for the Humanities and reaches beyond the cultures and traditions of the Western world;
- Individualized faculty mentorship that capitalizes on Brandeis’ close-knit community of scholars. Students work closely with their faculty advisor when completing their capstone project, as well as the Director of Graduate Studies when structuring their residency requirements;
- Versatile training with a heavy emphasis on conducting research and conveying arguments in clear language that can be readily understood by readers from a variety of academic backgrounds;
- Expanded academic opportunities through the Boston Area Graduate Consortium and resources through the Brandeis library (“WorldCAT”), Brandeis “subject liaisons,” Boston Library Consortium, and Databases;
- Unfettered access to Brandeis’ own Rose Art Museum and other artistic opportunities, as well as the vast intellectual and cultural resources of the Boston area, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston Museum of Science, Museum of African-American History, The Bostonian Society, ArtsBoston, and an ever-changing array of special events.
Careers and Alumni
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Career Services prepares students and alumni with the skills necessary to obtain meaningful employment. The Career Center provides professional writing critiques, career planning advice, assistance with job/internship searches, and networking opportunities.
MACH alumni have gone on to do the following:
- PhD program in Communications at Bowling Green State University
- PhD program in History at the University of Minnesota
- PhD program in Literature at Duke University
- Working professionally in museums in Boston and Los Angeles
Generous scholarships and financial aid packages are available for both domestic and international students.