Humanities Bachelor's Degree

Broaden your horizons and gain a critical understanding of the world through a comparative study of the ideas and values of cultures by pursuing a humanities degree.

Like other liberal arts majors, a major in humanities offers a solid base of critical thinking on which to build a career or further study. This major will broaden your understanding of yourself and your interaction with the world and provide a perspective on cultural and intellectual heritage while offering tools to use that knowledge in the real world.

You'll explore how individuals and groups understand their existence, their place within their cultures, and their responsibility to others and the physical world. The skills and values you'll learn are applicable to careers in fields as varied as education, publishing, journalism, advertising, sales, law, management, human resources, and insurance, as well as in museums and other nonprofit organizations.

Your Coursework in Humanities

The major in humanities offers an interdisciplinary curriculum in which you'll develop the analysis and communication skills that employers value. You'll be immersed in a multidisciplinary study of global culture as you analyze art, philosophy, literature, religion, film, theater, music, and technology.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Plan, communicate, and implement coherent and justifiable practices that improve human conditions
  • Analyze ideas critically and defend recommendations for improving the conditions of society
  • Act in a personally and socially responsible manner, recognizing the complexity and diversity of the human experience
  • Identify and use technology to research, collect, analyze, and interpret data and effectively communicate information that educates and influences others

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Choose a political, economic, or cultural issue or trend and study how it developed from the 1970s to the present; examples have included the legalization of marijuana, same-sex marriage, and the conservative movement
  • Choose a specific Greek sculpture and write a script in first person in which the sculpted figure talks to a present-day audience about the sculpture's life, accomplishments, and experiences

Degree Requirements

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

Courses in the Major (33 Credits)

General Education Courses (41 Credits)

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See 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).

Research Course

Introduction to Research (1 Credit, LIBS 150) (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing Courses

Arts and Humanities Courses

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

Math Course

College Mathematics (3 Credits, MATH 103)
or other 3-credit MATH course at or above the level of college algebra

Computing Courses

Careers in Humanities

Job Title Public Relations Specialists Human Resources Specialists Human Resources Managers Middle School Teachers Public Relations & Fundraising Managers
Median Wages $55,680.00 $57,420.00 $102,780.00 $54,940.00 $101,510.00
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Career Services

Whether you are a current student, alumnus, prospective student or employer, Career Services offers you easy access to career-related support and resources.

Current students and alumni can take advantage of many valuable services, including

  • Career mapping
  • Resume and cover-letter tips
  • Job fair preparation
  • Resources to find job opportunities
  • Strategies for the federal job search
  • Interview preparation

Prospective students are eligible for general Career Planning and Career Change advising as it relates to potential UMUC studies only.