Courses in humanities explore "humanistic" expression and creativity primarily in the Western world. Several courses incorporate and examine the non-Western tradition. Courses introduce students to various cultures, 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  (Science & Technology) or social issues.

The Humanities major provides the basis of a strong liberal arts education, preparing students for success in a number of fields ranging from law, education, and journalism to business, government, and other fields. The major emphasizes cultural literacy, aesthetics, critical thinking, writing or 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 a canon of interdisciplinary 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.  Majors are prepared for graduate school in a variety of disciplines or professions in areas ranging from education,  government, law, medicine, the fine arts or the corporate realm. Students majoring in humanities are encouraged to select a second discipline as a minor.

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).

Online Offerings - Typically, some online sections are offered during the Fall, Spring and Summer sessions. Check for availability with the Department. 



A major in humanities consists of 30 credit hours (39 credit hours maximum) in HUM designated courses and Humanities-related disciplines, which must include the following:

Code Course Credit
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) HUM course chosen from: HUM 385, 389, or 399.​ 3​
Check course listings for special topic course offerings​
such as "Culture, Science & Technology", Culture and  ​
Diversity in the Middle East" and courses with Service
Learning components.​
IS xxx​ Any International Studies course approved by the Division ​ 3​
​of Humanities
RELG/PHIL xxx​ Any religion or philosophy course numbered above 200​ 3​
(except PHIL 214, 215, or 330)​
XX xxx​ Any three(3) credit hour course in the College of Fine Arts​ 3​
(except for music education and art education courses)​
XX xxx​​ Any literature or film course numbered 200 or above in​ 3​
English and numbered above 302 in French or Spanish​
                                                                                           Subtotal:​ 30​-39


Code Course Credit
COMM xxx
Any COMM speech-intensive course       3
(Satisfies SI requirement)
XX xxx
ENGL 302WI, ENGL 304WI or a writing-intensive course
from another discipline (satisfies WI requirement)
                                                                                                 Total:​  36-45


HUMANITIES Major Important Notes:

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


    A minor in humanities consists of 18 credit 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.​​