Seminar Schedules

Faculty & students working with the Glenwood Estate archives.

Each semester, the Graduate Humanities Program engages the intersection of the arts, literature, culture, and history within an open, exploratory, and experimental educational environment.

Students enrolled in the Graduate Humanities Program explore broad interdisciplinary issues through a diverse array of course offerings.  Most of these are offered in a seminar format: discussion-based graduate-level courses focused on reading, open and regular dialogue, collaborative and interactive interpretation, research and writing.

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.

Our course formats include those in-person, virtual, and hybrid.  Contact the Director for various options for both the MA and Certificate programs.

Click on the links below for registration information for individual seminars.  You can find general registration information on the MU Registrar website.

For previous seminar schedules, see our “Previous GHP Seminar Schedules” site.

Fall 2022

CULS 600: Selected Topics – Appalachian Studies Research, Arranged (contact Director)

For students enrolled in the Appalachian Studies Certificate who are working on research projects in the Appalachian region. Registration by permission only. Contact the Director.

HIST 600: Selected Topics – Oral History and Ethnography (Lassiter), Thursdays, 7-9:50 PM

This course will involve exploration of oral history research and ethnographic methods.  Participants will work with oral history and ethnographic texts, as well as engage in research and writing on local topics.

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

HUMN 604: Expository Writing for Research (Lassiter), Wednesdays, 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 (contact Director)

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

LITS 600: Selected Topics – Fiction in Appalachia (Pleska), Mondays, 7 – 9:50 PM (VIRTUAL)

Fiction in Appalachia has a long and storied history. We have award-winning and world-class caliber authors and literature. In this course, we’ll read and discuss a selection of these fiction works. Students will also have the opportunity to write fiction as well.

Cat Pleska, MFA, is a 7th generation West Virginian and her memoir, Riding on Comets, was published in 2015 by WVU Press. She is a former book reviewer and radio essayist, and is currently working on a collection of travel/personal essays, The I’s Have It: Travels in Ireland and Iceland.

Summer 2022

CULS 610: Seminar in Appalachian Culture (Lassiter), Wednesdays, 7 – 9:50 PM

Exploration of selected aspects of culture (e.g., art, music, folklore, history, literature), emphasizing regional culture from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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

CULS 600: Selected Topics – Appalachian Studies Research, Arranged (contact Director)

For students enrolled in the Appalachian Studies Certificate who are working on research projects in the Appalachian region. Registration by permission only. Contact the Director.

HUMN 600: Introduction to Graduate Study in the Humanities (Lassiter), Thursdays, 7 – 9:50 PM

Interdisciplinary core course addresses questions/concepts central to the humanities. Texts from philosophy, history, literature, the arts and the sciences provide insights into selected historical periods.

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 (contact Director)

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