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.

 

About the Humanities Bachelor's Degree

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

Humanities Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

  • HUMN 100
  • PHIL 100
  • PHIL 140
  • HIST 115
    or HIST 116
    or HIST 141
    or HIST 142
  • MUSC 210
    or any level MUSC course
  • ARTH 372
    or any upper-level ARTH course
  • PHIL 304
    or any upper-level PHIL course
  • HUMN 351
    or any upper-level HUMN course
  • PHIL 349
    or any upper-level PHIL course
  • ENGL 406
    or any upper-level ENGL course
  • HUMN 495

Electives

The bachelor's degree in humanities requires 46 credits in minor and/or elective coursework.

General Education Requirements

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 and Computer Literacy Courses

  • PACE 111M
    or PACE 111C
    or other PACE 111 course
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • LIBS 150
    or CAPL 398A
    or other general education elective
  • IFSM 201
    or CMST 301
    or another computing course appropriate to the academic major

Communications Courses

  • WRTG 111
    or WRTG 291
    or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • WRTG 391
    or other advanced upper-level writing course

Math Course

  • MATH 105
    or other approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 157
    or other arts and humanities course
  • ENGL 240
    or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

  • ECON 201
    or PSYC 100
    or other behavioral and social science course
  • GVPT 170
    or other behavioral and social science course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 101
    and BIOL 102
    or other paired science lecture and laboratory courses
  • NUTR 100
    or BIOL 160
    or other science lecture course

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help you develop skills that are applicable to careers in fields as varied as education, publishing, journalism, advertising, sales, law, management, human resources, and insurance and at institutions such as museums and other nonprofit organizations.