The humanities major is designed to provide a comprehensive foundation in the areas of English, history, philosophy, and music. The major is useful for students who want to pursue graduate programs in one of the areas in the humanities or a career in law, theology, government, research, creative writing, or library work.

Program Outcomes

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in humanities will be able to:

  • Demonstrate thematic and historical knowledge of literature, and describe formal features of the genres studied.
  • Demonstrate a grasp of the scope of historical inquiry and skill with research tools.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of areas at the center of historical and contemporary philosophical thought.
  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity while exploring connections among English, history, and philosophy.

Requirements total 39 hours. Up to 9 hours required in the major may be used to meet general education requirements. The following courses are excluded from the major: ENG 214, applied music, and music organizations/ensembles. The humanities major will not be granted as a third major in conjunction with a combination of two of the following majors: English, history, or philosophy. In addition, courses applied toward the humanities major may not be used to count toward any minors.

Coursework must meet the following minimum distribution and total 39 hours:

  • 12 hours humanities core (shared with all majors in the division): HUM 200HUM 210HUM 220HUM 499
  • 9 hours in the first field of concentration (English, history, or philosophy)
  • 9 hours in the second field of concentration (English, history, or philosophy)