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 HUMN 220, HUMN 221, and HUMN 222 which survey the artistic and intellectual legacy of Western Civilization and representative world civilizations (including India, China, Mesoamerica, Africa, and the Middle East). In the senior year, students enroll in the Senior Seminar, which explores a focused concern in a Humanities discipline. In addition, students are required to write a senior thesis or undertake a senior project on a focused topic chosen in consultation with their major advisor. Elective courses focus on key moments and developments in Western and world culture.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the many study-abroad opportunities offered by the university. In addition to exceptional programs in London, Florence and Ghana, students can pursue their major at universities in approximately 15 other locations around the world, including Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Each year several students in the Humanities Program take advantage of this exceptional experience.
The Humanities Minor
A minor in Humanities provides an abbreviated version of the major, with four core courses and four electives. It is an excellent choice for students seeking a well-rounded education or a complement to their major field of study.
Additional minors are offered in Cinema Studies, Classical Civilization, Medieval Studies, and Renaissance Studies.
Using your Humanities degree
A degree in Humanities provides a classic liberal arts education which helps prepare students for any occupation in the business or professional world that requires critical thinking, sensitivity, imagination, skill in oral and written communication, and the adaptability that comes from a broad cultural and intellectual background. It also provides a firm foundation for those students who aspire to graduate school in a humanities discipline or who aspire to go to law school.