Arts & Letters.


Arts and Letters

Make It So.

Arts and Letters is a graduate liberal studies program designed with working professionals in mind. Through a diverse set of course offerings, students work on analytical and creative thinking while learning and synthesizing ideas. Coursework allows students to hone their writing and presentation skills. Our faculty mentors work with students to plan their course of study to take advantage of everything the New York City region has to offer. Our students put the humanities to work with internships and other means of experiential learning in the cultural capital of the world.

Now that I've graduated from the Arts & Letters program, I have connected with key members within the scholarly community surrounding my dissertation subject. I owe this to the scholarly transformation I experienced at Drew. I am now an authority of my subject and a part of a global conversation. ”
Andrew Clapham G'17
English Teacher, Seton Hall Preparatory School

Master of Letters (33 Credits)
A Step-by-Step Path to Your Degree

The Master of Letters gives you the option of either completing ten courses (30 credits) and a 50–75 page master’s thesis (3 credits) or taking an additional course in lieu of the master’s thesis to complete a total of 11 courses (33 credits).

View the Course Catalog for more details.

Doctor of Letters (45 Credits)
A Step-by-Step Path to Your Degree

The program requires the completion of 12 courses, including two required seminars plus preparing and successfully defending a 150–220 page doctoral dissertation.

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I imagined it might be difficult for me to break into nonprofit work, but the directors told me that my degree gave me indispensable curiosity, communication skills, research abilities and this willingness to do hard work to help and honor another life. I did not know that working in AIDS advocacy was the work that my Arts and Letters degree was preparing me for, but as it turns out, it has prepared me in unexpected and invaluable ways. ”
Jaclyn Harte, G'15
Youth Program Director, AIDS Resource Foundation for Children

Drew's Graduate Certificate Programs: Value Added

Have you earned or are you looking to pursue a certificate at Drew in Conflict Resolution & Leadership or Teaching Writing?
As an MLitt or DLitt student, you may concurrently earn a certificate in Conflict Resolution & Leadership or Teaching Writing.

Already earned a certificate in Conflict Resolution & Leadership or Teaching Writing?
You may apply the credits earned directly towards your MLitt or DLitt program!

Our Program Director

Dr. Leslie Sprout

Director of Arts & Letters
Professor of Music

Dr. Leslie Sprout’s scholarship focuses on music, modernism, and national identity in twentieth-century France. Additional research interests include the film music of Arthur Honegger and the engagement of European composers with American popular music and jazz between the two world wars. Dr. Sprout’s work has been published in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, The Musical Quarterly, and the New York Times. Her book, The Musical Legacy of Wartime France (UC Press, 2013), received the 2015 Béla Kornitzer Book Award for best faculty book at Drew University. Her research has been supported by the Fulbright program, the American Musicological Society, and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris.

For more information, see Dr. Sprout’s website

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