Drawing upon the various humanistic disciplines, as well as aspects of the fine arts and the social and natural sciences, the Humanities major and minor offer broad and diverse educational experiences. With topics ranging from ancient cultures to modern times and from scientific developments to social concerns, the Humanities program binds together those disciplines and ideas that lie at the heart of a liberal education. By majoring or minoring in Humanities, students discover the best that has been written, thought, and constructed in the Western and non-Western worlds and, in doing so, explore what it means to be a human being. Small class sizes allow for close faculty-student interaction.
Major in Humanities
A Humanities major consists of 18 semester hours of HUM-prefix courses, plus 12 hours of coursework from other related departments.
Some HUM courses are historical studies of American, European, and/or non-Western culture, while others focus on the relationship between culture and such areas as the arts, the natural sciences, or the social sciences.
In addition, majors take 12 hours of elective courses in international studies, religion or philosophy, literature or film, and fine arts. These courses build a strong intellectual foundation, but also leave time for other electives and for a student to add a minor and/or a second major in other areas of study. In fact, students are encouraged to double major to reinforce their work in a related humanistic discipline (e.g., pairing interdisciplinary humanities with English, art history, philosophy, or a foreign language), to place that work in a social context (e.g., humanities and history, psychology, or sociology), or to lend cultural meaning to the natural sciences (e.g., humanities and chemistry, physics, biology, or mathematics).
In addition to fulfilling the requirements for the Humanities major, all students must also meet all other university core curriculum and graduation requirements.
You can find the most recent advising "checksheets" for the Humanities major below. Requirements for the major are sometimes updated from year to year, so students should refer to the checksheet corresponding to the catalog year on file for them in the Registrar's Office.
- HUM Major Advising Checksheet (2017-18)
- HUM Major Advising Checksheet (2016-17)
- HUM Major Advising Checksheet (2015-16)
- HUM Major Advising Checksheet (2014-15)
- HUM Major Advising Checksheet (2013-14)
Minor in Humanities
A Humanities minor consists of 18 credit hours in HUM-prefix courses. Students may select any six HUM courses.