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About the Program

The fully online, cohorted master’s program in Humanities is for college graduates of any age, area of expertise or stage in their careers who want to become more innovative as problem-solvers and leaders in their communities and workplaces.

Designed especially for those with wide-ranging interests (e.g., business, education, art and lifelong learning), CSUN’s online Humanities program is an excellent choice for those who want to make their lives as meaningful as possible, while keeping their options for further exploration and professional development open.

This 20-month, fully online program offers a course of study that emphasizes critical thinking, discussion and reflection. Through these processes, participants discover how to achieve more holistic, effective and fulfilling lives in any profession or area of interest.

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.”


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

Program Faculty

The Academic Director 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.


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


Master of Arts in Humanities

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

Staff: Yvonne Carrillo
(818) 677-7646

Staff: Amy Lasser
(818) 677-7707