Major in Humanities

The interdisciplinary major in the humanities enables students to broaden their understanding of themselves and their interaction with the world, providing a high standard for understanding of their cultural and intellectual heritage while giving them the tools to use that knowledge as lifelong learners. Students explore how individuals and groups understand their existence, their place within their cultures, and their responsibility to others and the physical world. They learn how to express this understanding—by studies in literature, language, history and through creative and expressive art—and define their own meaning of humanness within an increasingly technological and diverse world. The interdisciplinary curriculum draws on art, art history, cultural history, literature, language, literature, music, philosophy and religious studies, and theater.

Intended Program Outcomes

The student who graduates with a major in the humanities should be able to

  • Use the knowledge, experiences, and skills gained from the study of the humanities to develop one’s identity as a lifelong learner and contributing member of one’s community and society.
  • Plan, communicate, and implement coherent and justifiable practices that improve human conditions.
  • Analyze ideas critically and defend recommendations for improving the conditions of all members of society.
  • Act in a personally and socially responsible manner, recognizing the complexity and diversity of the human experience.

Degree Requirements

A degree with a major in humanities requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework including 33 credits for the major (indicated by ); 41 credits in general education requirements (GERs); and 46 credits in the minor, electives, and other requirements. At least 17 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above).

Requirements for the Humanities Major

Coursework for a major in humanities includes the following:

  • Required introductory course (3 credits): HUMN 100
  • Required foundation courses (12 credits): ARTT 205, HIST 115 -- HIST 116 (or HIST 141 -- 142), and PHIL 140
  • Core courses (12 credits): ARTH 372 (or ARTH 373), an upper-level ENGL course and two upper-level courses designated HUMN and/or PHIL
  • Supplemental major course (3 credits): Any upper-level ARTT, ARTH, ENGL, GRCO, HUMN, MUSC, PHIL, or THET course
  • Required capstone course (3 credits): HUMN 495

Recommended Sequence

The following course sequence will fulfill all of the requirements for the BA in Humanities. Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may make it necessary to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Students should consult an academic advisor whenever taking advantage of other options.

Information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues) may be found in the General Education Requirements.

Minor in Humanities

The humanities minor complements the skills the student gains in his or her major discipline by providing an integrated curriculum for enrichment and exploration of culture and ideas, as well as a broad perspective on human behavior, thought, and values across traditional disciplines.

In addition to the common requirements, a minor in humanities requires the completion of 15 credits in humanities and related courses chosen from any courses applicable to the humanities major.

Humanities Major Courses

First Courses

(to be taken within the first 18 credits)
Note: Placement tests are required for certain math and writing courses

LIBS 150 Introduction to Research 1
WRTG 101 Introduction to Writing 3
or WRTG 101S Introduction to Writing
MATH 103 College Mathematics 3
or MATH 107 College Algebra
or a higher-level math course

Introductory Courses

(to be taken within the first 30 credits)

ENGL 240 Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama
or other ARTH, ARTT, HIST, HUMN, MUSC, PHIL, THET, dance, literature, or foreign language course to fulfill the first general education requirement in arts and humanities
BIOL 101 Concepts of Biology 3
and BIOL 102 Laboratory in Biology
or other course(s) to fulfill the general education requirement in biological and physical sciences with related laboratory
HUMN 100 Introduction to Humanities 3
GVPT 170 American Government
or other ANTH, BEHS, ECON, GEOG, GVPT, PSYC, SOCY, or eligible AASP, CCJS, GERO, or WMST course to fulfill the first general education requirement in behavioral and social sciences
WRTG 291 Research Writing
or other communication/writing course
IFSM 201 Concepts and Applications of Information Technology 3
or CMST 301 Digital Media and Society
course to fulfill the first general education requirement in computing

Foundation Courses

(to be taken within the first 60 credits)

HIST 115 World History I 3
or HIST 141 Western Civilization I
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
or SOCY 100 Introduction to Sociology
or other course to fulfill the second general education requirement in behavioral and social sciences (discipline must differ from first)
NSCI 100 Introduction to Physical Science 3
or NSCI 110 Introduction to Oceanography
or GEOL 100 Physical Geology
or other course to fulfill the general education requirement in biological and physical sciences
HIST 116 World History II 3
or HIST 142 Western Civilization II
HIST 157 History of the United States Since 1865
or other ARTH or HIST course to fulfill the general education requirement in arts and humanities for the historical perspective (discipline must differ from other humanities course)
IFSM 300 Information Systems in Organizations
or other course to fulfill the second general education requirement in computing
PHIL 140 Contemporary Moral Issues 3
SPCH 100 Foundations of Oral Communication 3
or SPCH 101 Introduction to Public Speaking
or COMM 200 Military Communication and Writing
or other communication, writing, or speech course
ARTT 205 Art Appreciation 3

Additional Required Courses

(see Requirements for the Major)

(to be taken after introductory and foundation courses)

WRTG 391 Advanced Research Writing
or other course to fulfill the upper-level advanced writing requirement
ARTH 372 History of World Art I 3
or ARTH 373 History of World Art II
or other arts breadth course for major
ENGL 433 Modern American Literature: 1914–1945
or other upper-level ENGL course for the major
HUMN 351 Myth in the World
or other upper-level PHIL or HUMN course for the major
PHIL 336 Ideas Shaping the 21st Century
or other upper-level PHIL or HUMN course for the major
PHIL 348 Religions of the East
or other supplemental major course

Capstone Course for the Major

(to be taken in the last 15 credits)

HUMN 495 Humanities Seminar 3

Minor and/or Elective Courses

(to be taken in the last 60 credits along with required major courses) 46
Total credits for BA in Humanities 120
Required for the major