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Institute of Humanities

Humanities Institute at Old Dominion University offers a Master of Arts in Humanities in the College of Arts and Letters. The program, which promotes interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis on critical theory and cultural studies, allows students to pursue individualized programs of study that incorporate classes from across departments within the college. Students in the program are encouraged to develop their curricular and extra-curricular activities around one of two thematic anchors: the digital humanities and/or humanities in the Hampton Roads.  Each student works closely with the program director to create an appropriate program of study.

The main Old Dominion campus is located in Norfolk, Virginia, one of seven major cities that make up the Hampton Roads, a metropolitan community with a population of more than 1.4 million citizens, just minutes from the popular Virginia Beach oceanfront and historic Colonial Williamsburg.

Old Dominion's campus is situated on more than 188 acres bounded on one side by the Elizabeth River and on another side by the Lafayette River. The northern section of the campus is the oldest portion consisting of shaded brick walkways and stately buildings, while the southern end of the campus features newer academic buildings which line an eight-acre lawn.