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HUMANITIES WORKING GROUPS

MACH students are encouraged to partake in Working Groups that allow for discussion on topics relevant to humanities scholars, the university, and the general public in the Boston area. Discover this year's Working Groups.

Our Unique Graduate Program

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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

Brandeis is a small research university, just nine miles from Boston, devoted to excellence in both teaching and research. Find out more about why Brandeis could be a good match to pursue your educational goals.

Co-Curricular Offerings

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