Students enrolled in the Graduate Humanities Program explore broad interdisciplinary issues through a diverse array of course offerings. Each semester, our seminars engage the intersection of the arts, literature, culture and history within an open, exploratory, and experimental educational environment. While several seminars are discipline-specific (our core curriculum, for example), most are designed to go beyond individual disciplines and enlist students in the cross-disciplinary study of the humanities.
Upcoming Seminar Schedules
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Did you know that some societies name and recognize three or four genders? Did you know that women and men may have different dialects in some parts of the world, even though they speak the same language? Did you know that in some places men and women can live in altogether separate households throughout their adult lives? Did you know that same-sex marriage is not a modern phenomenon, that in some societies it is actually a very old practice? Learn about this and more in CULS 620: Women, Men and Cultural Change, a course about sexuality, gender, and a process of cultural change between and among women and men that is centuries old.
Dr. Lassiter, director of the Graduate Humanities Program and professor of humanities and anthropology, has authored and edited several books on anthropology and culture change including Invitation to Anthropology and Explorations in Cultural Anthropology.
This seminar will meet at Glenwood, an iconic 1850s estate that stands in the hills of Charleston’s West Side. Students will get up close and personal with the past as they utilize elements of the historic Glenwood collection to examine the 150-year development of Charleston from a small 19th century village into a modern 21st century capital city. Sponsored in part by the Historic Glenwood Foundation.
This seminar is split into two sections:
HIST 600-231, Glenwood (1 hour): OPEN TO THE PUBLIC; APPLY AS NON-DEGREE STUDENT TO MU
HIST 600-232, History of Charleston (3 hours): SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE FOR COURSE; APPLY THROUGH HUMANITIES PROGRAM
**CONTACT THE PROGRAM OFFICE FOR DETAILS: 304-746-2022**
Dr. Billy Joe Peyton, associate professor of history at West Virginia State University. He is the author of Charleston Then and Now, and has researched and written extensively on the history of Charleston and West Virginia
For students who need to conduct independent research and/or reading in a specific topic in the humanities, the Program will offer independent studies in those topics as funds allow. Contact the Director for more information. Examples of Special Topics might include:
- Museum Studies
- Film Criticism
- Studies in Appalachian Music
- Studies in Poetry
- Language and Communication
A pro-seminar required of all Humanities degree students who are beginning the thesis or final project. Arranged with the Program Director.
This seminar will engage selected literature by Appalachian writers to explore the region’s history and culture. Some authors covered will include Denise Giardina, Charles Frazier, James Still, Scott McClanahan and several others. Readings will examine the past and present public perception of Appalachia, as well as noting what comprises the soul of this vast region.
Ms. Pleska teaches writing at West Virginia State University, where she is also the Director of the WVSU Writing Center. She earned her MFA in creative nonfiction writing at Goucher College in Baltimore and is an essayist for West Virginia Public Radio. She also is the Editor-in-Chief of Mountain State Press and Senior Editor of Fed from the Blade: Tales and Poems from the Mountains.