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Humanities

The major in humanities offers a broad-based program in which students explore the manifestations of the human imagination and the human intellect. Students gain a background in the areas of human history, cultural development, and social relations; they also examine a range of expressive forms through coursework in literature and the arts. Major requirements include courses in art history, communication, English, history, music, philosophy, and languages; through major electives, students focus on areas of interest. During the senior year, students complete a capstone research project and apply coursework to professional experience as they complete an internship. Students also complete three service-learning credits through service-learning courses and/or linked credits. A major in humanities will prepare a student for a career that draws on written and oral communication skills or a profession involving arts or language applications. Graduates receive a Bachelors of Arts degree in Humanities.

By planning early in consultation with an academic advisor, students may be able to reduce the time it takes to complete a bachelor’s degree in Humanities to 3 or 3½ years.

The following goals and associated learning outcomes delineate what we strive for students to achieve when they complete the major program of study in humanities:

Goal 1: Canons and conventions:
Upon completion of the major program of study in humanities, students will be able to

  1. demonstrate an awareness of the respective advantages of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, while demonstrating an appreciation for the special significance of the qualitative approach for scholars who work in the humanities areas (e.g., literary studies, composition, history, cultural studies, art, music, philosophy, and language)
  2. demonstrate a familiarity with the ethical and moral questions that attend the human condition and the human experience
  3. demonstrate an openness to and an appreciation of the richness and diversity of the human condition and experience

Goal 2: Interpretive and critical thinking
Upon completion of the major program of study in humanities, students will be able to

  1. research topics, themes, and questions
  2. summarize content in materials from the various fields of the humanities
  3. interpret humanities texts critically through close reading
  4. create a valid argument, while differentiating between argument and opinion

Goal 3: Discourse and dialogue
Upon completion of the major program of study in humanities, students will be able to

  1. write in a professional manner
  2. speak in a professional manner

Goal 4: Professionalism
Upon completion of the major program of study in humanities, students will be able to

  1. demonstrate respect for professional codes and standards
  2. demonstrate professional behavior in the workplace
  3. explore career options