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The Humanities major is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the main intellectual and cultural themes found throughout Western civilization. It offers students a fine core major for a liberal arts education.

A major in this area would provide a broad background for those whose postgraduate plans include specialized study in Art History, History, Literature, Philosophy or Religious Studies or training in a professional school.

Requirements for the Humanities Major (14 Credits)

Two courses in Art History (2)

  • ARTH 115 (IT) Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Art History (1) or
  • ARTH 116 (IT) Introduction to Renaissance and Early Modern Art History (1) or
  • ARTH 117 (IT) Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Art History (1)
  • One advanced course in Art History (1)

Two courses in Literature (2)

Chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor (2)

Three courses in History (3)

  • HIST 115 (TH) Western Civilization to 1650 (1)
  • HIST 116 (TH) Western Civilization since 1650 (1)
  • HIST 320 European Intellectual History: The Enlightenment (1) or
  • HIST 321 European Intellectual History: The Nineteenth-Century (1) or
  • HIST 322 European Intellectual History: The Twentieth Century (1)

Two courses in Philosophy (2)

  • PHIL 110 (EV) Philosophical Problems (1)
  • One advanced course in Philosophy (1)

Two courses in Religious Studies (2)

  • REL 113 (TH) Introduction to Old Testament/Hebrew Bible (1)
  • One other course in Religious Studies (1)

Two credits from one of the following areas (2)

Art History, English, History, History of Science, Music History and Literature, Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy, Religion, Theatre

Senior Year Requirement (1)

Senior Year Requirement consists of satisfactory completion of a Humanities Senior Seminar or of comprehensive written and oral examinations offered by an interdepartmental committee of three faculty, including the student's advisor and faculty from two other departments involved in the Humanities program.


  • Contributing Faculty from the Humanities, History, Literature and Fine Arts areas

Course Listings

HUM 330 Cafe Imago: Conversations in the Humanities for Art Historians (.25)

This seminar-style enrichment course, primarily intended for art history majors and minors, offers the opportunity to read and discuss key texts in the humanities (history, literature, philosophy, religion, theory, etc.) that relate to their current studies in art history. Faculty will plan the first few weeks of the syllabus and may schedule some guest speakers, films, and fieldtrips, but the bulk of the syllabus will be student generated. Students will be responsible for attending, reading, preparing discussion questions, and participating. Course may be taken twice for credit.

  • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: De Mambro Santos, Nicgorski, Susik

HUM 497W Humanities Senior Seminar (1)

A comparative study of the thought and artistry of major writers selected on the basis of their contributions to the development of Western culture within the context of a movement or historical period. Taught by faculty in humanities and literature subject fields and designed to provide seniors majoring in these subjects with an opportunity to synthesize their liberal arts experience. A visiting scholar enhances each seminar. Variable content. Seminar paper may also be accepted as an alternate means of senior evaluation by the student's major department.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered
  • Prerequisite: Senior standing, or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Every Semester
  • Instructor: Staff