The Humanities Program offers motivated and independent-minded students the opportunity to craft an individualized major with a foundation in the humanities. Students working towards a Humanities major design their own coherent, interdisciplinary course of study, with a wide choice of foundational courses in select fields such as History and the Arts. The curriculum provides opportunities for students seeking intellectual coherence and integration, awareness of cultural contexts and traditions, and connections between theory and practice. The program is designed to provide essential skills and understanding for intelligent action and preparation for a wide range of careers.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Learn to understand others through their cultures, histories, and forms of expression.

  2. Study about the nature of being human.

  3. Become an informed and critical global citizen.

  4. Achieve a well-founded knowledge base through a multi-disciplinary approach.

  5. Build skills in writing and critical reading.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in Humanities pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA). Humanities provides students with a foundation for employment in:



Online media, newspapers, and magazines

Colleges and universities

K-12 schools

Schools and community libraries

Museums and arts agencies

Nonprofit organizations

Research institutes

Advertising Agencies
Alumni Jobs

Arts industry manager

Arts industry producer


Digital media coordinator

Event producer

Product developer


Media and content manager

Courses You
May Need

1st Year
2 out of HUM 101-102-103; first year of a second language

2nd Year
1xx-2xx courses humanities "Breadth" req; second year of second language

3rd Year
HUM 300 (unless taken 2 of HUM 101-3); 3xx-4xx "Breadth" req; 3xx-4xx "Concentration"

4th Year
3xx-4xx electives "Concentration" courses (4-28 credits aiming towards 28 total)

Major Credits
Required   4-8
Electives 44

Total 48-52

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Critical thinking and reasoning

Oral and written communication

Interdisciplinary learning

Cross-cultural collaboration

Qualitative analysis
Experiential learning opportunities

Specialized Courses

Food, Art, and Literature

Games and Gaming

Ancient Science and Technology

Heroes of the Holocaust

Postwar European Culture

Medical Humanities

Africa and the West
Add A Minor Or Certificate





Media Studies

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