Humanities Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Mission Statement: The Humanities Program develops students’ understanding of how cultural values are expressed in art, music, philosophy, and literature and enhances their verbal and analytical skills.


  • two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college level foreign language is required;
  • 64 credits must be earned in courses not used for GECRs;
  • because this is an interdisciplinary major, all students are required to consult with the program coordinator when selecting courses for the above major. 
Required Courses
Fine Arts—choose two or three courses from the following10
Art Department and/or Music Department and/or Theatre Department
Literature—choose two or three courses from the following10
English Department and/or Modern Languages and Literatures Department and/or Humanities
Philosophy—choose at least two courses from the following10
Department of Philosophy and/or Humanities
Social Sciences—choose two or three courses from the following10
Geography/Anthropology Department (courses in anthropology) and/or Economics Department and/or Government Department and/or History Department and/or Psychology Department and/or Sociology Department
Electives required in the major20
Choose any HUMN courses not used for GECRs. These courses may be taken from the participating departments’ offerings or from the Humanities program itself. Consult with the program coordinator.
Total Credits64

For information on General Education, see Undergraduate Degree .

Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  • distinguish basic forms and strategies of philosophy, literature and at least one of the arts and social sciences;
  • demonstrate basic knowledge of the development of Western Civilization, including the influence on the culture from other civilizations;
  • write clear and effective English in a variety of rhetorical contexts;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the different areas and functions of a library and demonstrate practical use of information resources in simple but independent research;
  • interpret experiences and information differentially, incorporating perspectives of those who are different in cultural background, age, abilities, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.