The humanities major is an interdisciplinary bachelor of arts (BA) degree program. Proficiency in at least one second language, a requirement for the BA degree, is central to the humanities major. Although majors are not required to do more than meet the BA requirement, it is strongly recommended that they continue language study in upper-division courses.
The major in humanities requires 48 or 52 credits. Grades of mid-C or better must be earned in courses taken to satisfy major requirements. For graduation, humanities majors must maintain at least a 2.00 grade point average (GPA) in required courses. No upper-division course may be used to satisfy more than one major requirement.
Introduction to the Major (4 or 8 credits)
Two courses from Introduction to the Humanities I,II,III (HUM 101, 102, 103) or Themes in the Humanities (HUM 300), which is recommended for students who declare the major in the junior or senior year.
Breadth Requirement (16 credits)
One course taken in each of the four areas listed below. At least two of these must be upper-division courses, and all four courses must be group satisfying.
- Arts (music history, theater history, art history)
Concentration (28 upper-division credits)
Students must submit a brief essay defending the coherence of the concentration and outlining the seven courses they plan to take. No more than three of the seven courses may be taken in any one department. Students should choose at least one Seminar (407) as part of their concentration.
Honors in humanities allows a student to focus on an area of concentration in a written thesis. Requirements are as follows:
- Satisfaction of the requirements for the major
- A grade point average of 3.50 or better in courses taken to meet the upper-division requirements of the major
- A senior thesis of substantial quality, approved by the thesis director and at least one member of the program committee
Courses from Other Departments
Students may be interested in the following courses. See home departments for descriptions.
Classics. Greek and Roman Epic (CLAS 301), Greek and Roman Tragedy (CLAS 302), Classical Greek Philosophers (CLAS 303), Classic Myths (CLAS 321)
History. Early China (HIST 387), Ancient Greece (HIST 412), Ancient Rome (HIST 414), The Idea of Europe (HIST 420), Cultural History of the Enlightenment (HIST 426), Intellectual History of Modern Europe (HIST 427)
Philosophy. History of Philosophy (PHIL 310, 311, 312), Introduction to Philosophy of Science (PHIL 339), Ancient Philosophers (PHIL 421)
Theater Arts. Studies in Theater and Culture (TA 471)
Kindergarten through Secondary Teaching Careers
Students who complete a degree with a major in humanities are eligible to apply to the College of Education’s fifth-year programs for a license in middle-secondary teaching or elementary teaching. More information is available in the College of Education section of this catalog. Students who want to teach language arts need more preparation in grammar, literature, and writing. Students who want to teach social studies need more preparation in history, economics, American government, culture, and society.