A Message from the Dean

The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies has an extraordinary configuration of five degree-granting programs.  The commonality they share I’ll call “doing the humanities.”

Our Medical Humanities Program, our Master of Fine Arts in Poetry and Translation, our Arts and Letters Program, our Master of Arts in Teaching, and our History and Culture Program put master’s and doctoral graduate liberal arts study into mature practice.  Even as these programs immerse our graduate students in canons and cultural theory, in pedagogy and content, in writing workshops and in hospital rounds, they put the post-baccalaureate experience of the advanced humanities to work in one or more ways. Such modes include: clinical practicums (MMH, DMH), poetry in an urban center (MFA), concentrating in teaching in the two-year-college (DLitt), achievement of diverse cultural experience in the classroom (MAT), or functioning as a public intellectual (H & C).  This configuration is the contemporary organic development of the vibrant intellectual and civic spirit this graduate school has embodied since 1955.

These five programs put disciplinary and interdisciplinary content into social and professional context.  They emphasize creating, doing, performing, advocating; they move high-end, hard-won intellectual critique into the center of our students’ lives as thinkers, makers, and citizens. They nurture students’ individual passions and allow for individual shaping of courses of study.  They put students to work with a high order of medical professionals, historians, literary critics, writers, social scientists, experts in contemporary pedagogy—all with superior credentials and reputations in their fields.

They do the humanities in our time. And they do so for students at various stages of life, from recent college graduates to students who come back to the university to reclaim the graduate liberal education “befitting a free citizen” (Cicero, qtd. by President Weisbuch) that they realize is not yet complete in their lives. And CSGS faculty know all that about their students. Indeed, to me, teaching is getting students doing.  In that sense, the CSGS is filled with great teachers indeed.

I think master’s and doctoral work in the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies under such instructors realizes the key words in Drew’s motto: Receive and Give.

Come to the Caspersen School of Graduate Study at Drew University to receive the best chance we can offer you to get the best out of your mind and talent now, so that you can give back all the more to your work, your family, your community, your unique place in the global world.

Doing so will be among the best experiences of receiving and giving you’ll ever know.

Robert Ready
Caspsersen School of Graduate Studies