Who majors in Humanities?
The term Humanities refers to a broad range of subjectsincluding art,
architecture, history, music, dance, languages, literature, philosophy,
ethics, and religion. Students who select Humanities as a major study
the achievements of the human heart and mind; they work within a variety
of disciplines in order to acquire a deeper understanding of themselves,
civilization, and the world.
What courses are offered?
There are three components to the Humanities curriculum: foreign language
study, core requirements, and electives. Foreign language study involves
two semesters of intermediate course work. Core requirements include HUM
100A and 100B, which survey the artistic and intellectual legacy of Western
Civilization, and 100C, which examines the arts and ideas of India, China,
and Japan. Elective courses focus on key moments in Western and world
history. Students are expected to choose electives in consultation with
the coordinator of the program.
What about a Humanities minor?
A minor in Humanities provides an abbreviated version of the major, with
four core coursesincluding HUM 100A, 100B, and 100Cand four electives.
It is an excellent choice for students seeking a well-rounded education
or a broad base for their major field of study.
Additional minors offered by the Humanities program include Cinema Studies,
Classical Civilization, Medieval Studies, and Renaissance Studies.
What can I do with a Humanities degree?
A degree in Humanities provides a classic liberal education, an education
which helps prepare students for any occupation in the business or professional
world that requires understanding, sensitivity, imagination, skill in oral
and written communication, and the adaptability that comes from a broad
cultural and intellectual background. It also provies a firm foundation
for those students who hope to attend graduate school and who, thereafter,
intend to pursue a career in higher education.
Faculty and Facilities
As an interdisciplinary program with links to every department within the
College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the Humanites program provides access
to a nationally acclaimed faculty, leading-edge research facilities, and
award-winning arts programs.
A Humanities major or minor is ideal for students who are interested in
the artistic, spiritual, and intellectual traditions that stand behind
and continue to shape the world in which they live.