About the Program

The purpose of the fully online, cohorted master’s program in Humanities is to provide reflective mid-career adults with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the power and nature of the ideas that animate interaction between and among cultures in today’s world, including clashes and collaborations. The program focuses on the construction of these ideas and their play in the world. Students learn the methods and components of critical reflection, while exploring the practical implications of the deeper understanding it can lead to in the everyday social, political and moral decisions of the participants.

The program has a unique interdisciplinary design, with classes that focus on humankind’s most profound questions. Courses range from topics such as “The Sacred,” “The Self: Body and Mind” and “Identity, Meaning and Culture,” to “Norms and Knowledge,” “Science and Magic” and “Nation and Empire.”

Academic Advisement

The Academic Lead for the M.A. in Humanities program is Sheena Malhotra.

All faculty teaching in the program are full-time faculty members at California State University, Northridge.


The program equips students with critical thinking skills and an M.A. degree, which can help students with professional advancement in their careers.


For information on undergraduate Humanities (HUM) courses and the Humanities Interdisciplinary Studies minor, please see Liberal Studies.


Academic Lead: Sheena Malhotra
Jerome Richfield (JR) 340C
(818) 677-7217

Program Manager: Yvonne Carrillo
(818) 677-7646

Staff: Amy Lasser
(818) 677-7707