Seminar Schedules

Faculty & students working with the Glenwood Estate archives.

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

Click on the links for registration information for individual seminars.

General registration information is here.

For previous seminar schedules, see here.


Fall 2018

CULS 540: World Religions (Lassiter), Wednesdays, 7 – 9:50 PM

Study of several religions as they developed within their individual times and cultures.

Luke Eric Lassiter is director of the Graduate Humanities Program and professor of humanities and anthropology.

CULS 600: SelTp: Work in Non-Profits: Appreciating the Charitable Sector (Hatfield), Tuesdays, 7 – 9:50 PM

Non-profits are organizations formed for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes. In Kanawha County alone, there are 2,174 of them; you might pass by 10 or more just going to the grocery store. Students taking this course will examine the history of non-profits and explore the local field using a process called Appreciative Inquiry.

Trish Hatfield, President, CharacterEthics, LLC (2000-Present, trishhatfield.com) helps non-profits articulate vision and mission statements and facilitates board development using strength-based strategies. She co-teaches Strength-Based Grant Writing (2011-Present), which includes an emphasis on developing narratives that connect non-profits with funders, clients and community. She has a MA in Humanities, is the Program Assistant for MU Graduate Humanities Program, and is Chair of the Board of Directors for Step By Step, a non-profit serving children and families in Kanawha County and southern West Virginia.

HUMN 604: Expository Writing for Research (Lassiter), Mondays, 7 – 9:50 PM

This core writing course develops proficiency in writing for research.

HUMN 650 – Special Topics – Independent Studies arranged between instructor and student (contact Director to arrange course)

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

HUMN 680 – Independent Research Symposium, Arranged

A pro-seminar required of all Humanities degree students who are beginning the thesis or final project. Arranged with the Program Director.

Summer 2018

CULS 612: Time & Place in Appalachia (Lassiter)

Online & Face to Face Meetings on Tuesday, May 15 and 29; June 19; July 10 & 31 (all meetings 5 – 8:00 PM, GC 226)

This interdisciplinary course orients students to the importance of geography, topography, and geology to the history and development of the Appalachian region.

Dr. Luke Eric Lassiter is director of the Graduate Humanities Program and professor of humanities and anthropology.

HUMN 600: Introduction to Graduate Study in the Humanities (Lassiter), Wednesdays, 7 – 8:00 PM, GC 226

Core course acquaints students with problems of historical knowledge, changes in the interpretation of history, nature of historical forces, and methods of historical research.

This course will be taught in conjunction with CULS 600 and HIST 585, and students will be encouraged to apply their knowledge gained in one or both of these courses to issues in Historical Studies. It is not recommended that a student sign up for this course only: i.e., if registering for only course for the semester, then it is recommended that you register for either CULS 600 or HIST 585.

HUMN 650 – Special Topics – Independent Studies arranged between instructor and student (contact Director to arrange course)

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

HUMN 680 – Independent Research Symposium, Arranged

A pro-seminar required of all Humanities degree students who are beginning the thesis or final project. Arranged with the Program Director.