Feb 27, 2021  
2018-2019 Caspersen School of Graduate Studies 
2018-2019 Caspersen School of Graduate Studies [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Arts and Letters

About the Program

The interdisciplinary Arts and Letters program recognizes that in the contemporary world, a thorough grounding in the humanities offers the necessary intellectual and personal development for individuals to stay informed about timely issues–and timeless speculations–emerging throughout the world.

The program prioritizes graduate level liberal arts study and takes as a guiding principle Henry Adams’ belief that a valid education prepares a citizen to meet any emergency with economy and force.


Karen Pechilis (kpechili@drew.edu)

Advanced Research

In consultation with an advisor, students in the M.Litt program may choose to write a master’s thesis based on scholarly primary research or may choose to complete a non-thesis track.

In consultation with an advisor, students in the D.Litt program must write a dissertation based on significant and sustained scholarly primary research.

Concentrations for D.Litt.

All D.Litt. students must develop a concentrated area of study and declare that concentration prior to their 6th course. Students must also take coursework from at least three separate areas of study.

Studies in Literature (AREL): Explore the craft and meanings of literature from past and present, encompassing a variety of authors, time periods and genres, from Shakespeare to the graphic novel.

Historical Studies (ARHI):  Explore historiography and topics in a curriculum mainly focusing on Europe and America.

Global Studies (ARGS): Explore global diversity through courses in cultural topics from specific regions, or across regions of the world.

Studies in Religion (REL or ARSP): Explore the phenomenon of religion through a diversity of disciplines, approaches, and across traditions and cultural contexts.

Fine Arts and Media Studies (ARFA): Explore the academic study of the arts, practice of the arts, and the arts in the public sphere.

Irish/Irish American Studies (ARIS): Explore the literature, history, politics and culture of Ireland and Irish America.

Conflict Resolution Studies (ARCR): Explore theories, topics, and practices of conflict resolution such as mediation, peacebuilding, global approaches, and security issues.

Writing (ARWR): Explore writing through several different genres, including, but not limited to essay, poetry, short story, prose, and academic writing. This concentration is required for creative writing dissertations.   

Teaching in the Two Year College (ARTT): Study in this concentration supports students training to teach at two-year colleges, including training in pedagogy, teaching specialization, and an internship.