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This is a graduate humanities program that engages students in innovative intellectual work. In small, interactive classes, students learn to apply analysis and research methods from the social sciences, arts, literature, cultural and religious worldviews, and philosophy.
The two-year Master of Arts in Humanities program offers an applied approach to the practice of humanities. Anglo-American University’s international faculty is a resource to students looking for a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary humanities program in Prague. Students develop academically and professionally as they become experts in humanistic work, including visual culture, arts and cultural management, popular culture and media theory, modern intellectual history, and advanced literary studies and critique. The M.A. in Humanities program is ideal for students who are looking to strengthen their candidacy for Ph.D. programs, and for those looking for an alternative to MFA programs.
“AAU encourages students' self-expression through extracurricular activities. It offers the perfect balance between academic challenges and friendly environment, as well as the chance to study or intern abroad and and gain priceless experience. To study in the heart of Europe among international students – what more can you ask for?”
Anastasia Shiskina, Humanities student, President of Program Board
Graduates of the M.A. in Humanities program can expect to:
- Have expertise in analytical and research methods of the humanities and social sciences
- Have a specialized knowledge of intellectual history and cultural phenomena of various cultures and societies
- Be able to pragmatically and insightfully compare and critique cultural phenomena of various cultures and societies
- Conduct analysis of the history and interpretation of the practice of humanities
- Communicate professionally, decisively and strategically in verbal and written English; our graduates are able to identify, describe and discuss complex problems and solutions to international audiences
The M.A. in Humanities is a full-time study program.
Study and advancement is based on classroom lectures and interactive exercises. Attendance and participation are mandatory.
- 7 class hours = 1 ECTS credit
- 42 hours = 6 ECTS/3 US credits
Your Degree & After
Having completed all program requirements, students are conferred a Masters degree. The degree awarded is concurrently recognized as a Master of Arts (M.A.) in the United States, per AAU's accreditation by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, and as a Magistr (Mgr.) accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic. Graduates may select whether to use the U.S. post-nominal or the Czech title.
Our graduates are prepared for success in curation of the arts, cultural diplomacy and institutions, publishing in arts history and critique, tourism, education in the human sciences, and mass media.
Our graduates are able to communicate professionally, decisively and strategically in verbal and written English. Our graduates are able to identify, describe and discuss complex topics for international audiences.
Access to Ph.D. and Other Advanced Study Programs
AAU graduates are encouraged to apply for Ph.D. programs at private and public universities in the Czech Republic and other EU countries, the United States, Canada, and many other countries around the world.
For the course descriptions, please see the Online Course Catalog HERE
Foundation: (3 courses plus Thesis) – 12 credits total
- Methods in the Human Sciences: Theoretical Paradigms – 3 credits
- Methods in the Human Sciences: Critical Writing, Analysis & Interpretation– 3 credits
- Methods in the Human Sciences: Scholarly Writing and Research/Thesis Writing– 3 credits
- Thesis Seminar – 3 credits
Core Requirements: (10 courses) – 30 credits total
Aesthetics & Art Theory (Choose two from three below)
- Aesthetics–From Enlightenment to Postmodernism – 6 credits
- Methods & Research in Art History– 6 credits
- Art & Society: History of Visual Art in 20th Century– 6 credits
History of Ideas (Choose two from three below)
- History of Historiography– 6 credits
- Main currents & controversies in 20th Century Historiography – 6 credits
- Seminar in Race, Ethnicity & Nationality – 6 credits
Studies in Language, Culture & Communication (Choose two from three below)
- Studies in Language & Society – 6 credits
- The Story of Language– 6 credits
- Psychology of Language & Mind– 6 credits
Philosophy & Religious Studies (Choose two from three below)
- 20th Century Social Theory: From Social Philosophy to Social Theory – 6 credits
- Philosophy & Society – 6 credits
- Comparative Religions– 6 credits
Topics in Literary Studies (Choose two from three below)
- Advanced Interdisciplinary Seminar in Romanticism – 6 credits
- Advanced Interdisciplinary Seminar in Modernism – 6 credits
- Advanced Interdisciplinary Seminar in Postmodernism– 6 credits
Elective Courses – 18 credits total
- 6 courses
Exam and Assessment Regulation
AAU uses the U.S. grading and evaluation system complemented by the European Credit Transfer System (“ECTS”). For more information on assessment and related policies see the Study and Examination Code in the Academic Codex.
The M.A. in Humanities program was accredited by the Czech Republic Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports on July 15,2007 thereby qualifying graduates to apply for postgraduate Ph.D. programs at private and public universities in the Czech Republic, other EU countries, the United States, Canada, and many other countries around the world.
AAU actively participates in the EU's Erasmus+ exchange program with over 30 European university partners. Additional exchanges exist with universities in North America, Australia, and Asia. These exchanges enable students to partially complete their studies in another country. Ask the Dean for more information on what Erasmus+ and exchange opportunities might be available.
Internship & Mentoring
All students at AAU’s School of Humanities & Social Sciences are required to complete an internship credit. The School of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Career Center offer assistance, advice and guidance to ensure that students are able to fulfill this requirement. Ask the Career Center Specialist for more information on what internship opportunities are currently available.