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FSU's Master of Arts in Modern Humanities Wins Kudos from Graduates
02/28/2001

Investing a month of intensive summer study in modern humanities has yielded real benefits for several area students who recently earned master's degrees in the field from Frostburg State University.

Designed for busy people with inquiring minds, FSU's Master of Arts in Modern Humanities is an interdisciplinary program, with courses offered in 20th century literature, history and philosophy. With a focus on ethical and moral issues, the coursework explores values from the three disciplines of English, history and philosophy, and develops writing and analytical skills helpful in professional life.

Recent graduate Jessica Walker-Deakins of Meyersdale, Pa., has found her new degree helpful in teaching her 11th and 12th grade honors English classes. "I apply this knowledge daily in the classroom," she says. "It was enlightening and helped me become more well rounded. The professors were accessible and learned, and encouraged me to push myself. It's special to have these resources right at my elbow."

Cumberland pastor and part-time professor Sherril Dillon has also found the program helpful. "It was a great experience," he says. "As a philosophy major, most of my studies focused on old history. The program brought me into the 20th century and expanded my background in literature and history. I gained more insight, especially into the Jewish situation and the world outside the U.S. The best part was the professors, who were personal, respectful and treated us as equals."

Participants typically spend three years to complete the program, which involves three consecutive summers of classes, term papers and a master's paper or project. Although classes only meet five days per week in July, students receive study materials in early spring to prepare for classes and continue coursework by writing papers due the following winter intercession.

The next session of the Modern Humanities program will begin in the summer of 2001. History and the Modern Humanities will be this summer's course, to be taught by Dr. Nicholas Clulee. Those seeking admission should do so as soon as possible by calling Dr. Clulee, director of the Modern Humanities Institute, at (301) 687-4428 or (301) 687-7769, or sending e-mail to nclulee@frostburg.edu. For more information, visit the Web site at www.frostburg.edu/grad/hume/.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-7955.

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