Courses in humanities explore the “humanities” or human expression and creativity primarily in the Western world. Several courses incorporate and examine the non-Western tradition. Some introduce students to various cultures of the past and present by examining the literature, music, art, architecture, philosophy, religion and history of these cultures; others examine the relationship between culture(s) and topics (Women in Humanities), themes (Hero and Heroine) or social issues (Love and Death).

The Humanities major provides the basis of a strong liberal arts education, the optimum for success in a number of fields ranging from law, education, and journalism to business, government, and information management. The major emphasizes critical thinking, writing and research skills that are presented in a variety of formats many of which utilize modern technology. The goal of the program is to expose students to primary texts and works that will enable them to be adept in a variety of interpretive skills from cultural, aesthetic and historical literacy to structural and philosophical interpretation of styles, movements and periods.

Study Abroad - Study abroad interdisciplinary humanities courses are also offered in summer terms. Check with department faculty for course offerings. Previous courses include: Moorish Spain (Spain), Encounters with British Culture (England), and Golden Ages of Italy and Greece (archeological field study tour of Italy, Greece and Turkey).



Majors are prepared for graduate school in a variety of disciplines or professions in areas such as education, state or federal government, law, medicine, the fine arts or the corporate realm. Students majoring in humanities are encouraged to select a second discipline as a minor.

  • All HUM courses meet the humanities requirement of the Core Curriculum.
  • Courses ENGL 103 and ENGL 203 are prerequisites for all HUM courses.
  • No HUM course is prerequisite for any other.

A major in humanities consists of 30 credit hours (39 credit hours maximum) which must include the following:

Code Course Credit

COMM xxx

Any COMM speech course
(Satisfies SI requirement)
HUM 311   Ancient Culture  3
HUM 322  Medieval & Renaissance Culture  3
HUM 333  The Age of Revolution  3
HUM 344  Modern Culture  3
HUM 366  American Culture  3
HUM xxx One (1) additional HUM course chosen from:
HUM 385, 389 or 399
XX xxx

ENGL 302, ENGL 304 or a writing-intensive course (Satisfies WI requirement)




Additional Requirements
Students must also take at least one (1) course from each of the following four categories:

  • Any international studies (IS) course approved by the Division of Humanities
  • Any three-semester-hour course in the College of Fine Arts (except for music education and art education courses)
  • Any religion or philosophy course numbered above 200 (except PHIL 213, 214, 215 or 230)
  • Any literature or film course numbered 200 or above in English and numbered above 302 in French, or Spanish.

Credit toward graduation earned through CLEP tests may not be applied to the major program.



A minor in humanities consists of 18 semester hours in courses marked HUM.



Students who plan to teach Humanities on the secondary level should complete the education minor in consultation with the School of Education early in their academic careers to determine the specific requirements.​