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Humanities

Explore the human experience in all of its cultural, political, intellectual and aesthetic forms.

Program Offered: Major

The humanities major takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying the main intellectual and cultural themes in Western civilization. It’s a great way to gain a broad understanding of the human experience.

You’ll select from a range of core courses to familiarize yourself with the theories and methods involved in the humanistic disciplines: archaeology, art, art history, music, history, language, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, rhetoric and theater.

Drawing on analytical tools from these disciplines, you’ll critically examine the diverse voices in our world, along with their origins and development. You can choose one of five tracks (comparative, environmental, public, regional and visual), each of which focuses on aspects of the human condition through a particular lens.

The major culminates in the completion of a capstone course that draws on your cross-disciplinary knowledge and research skills. Your experience will prepare you for postgraduate studies in art history, literature, history, philosophy, religious studies or training in a professional school.