Humanities Major (B.A.)

The major in Humanities critically examines the culture, ideas, and values of earlier cultures, western and non-western, both in their original time periods and as they have been appropriated and transformed by later ages. In particular, the program seeks to develop a critical awareness of how the classical past has been utilized as a symbol or an ideal by modern cultures, including American, and how western culture has developed its own particular views about itself as being distinctly different from non-western cultures.

The major is especially recommended for students who have a broad interest in the liberal arts either for their own sake or as preparation for business and the professions. The Humanities program is unique in allowing students the opportunity to select a wide spectrum of courses from a multiplicity of different disciplines (history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, art history, music history).

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.

Program Requirements

Students must complete General Education requirements and World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

General Humanities Courses
HUMN 201General Humanities I (to 1400)3
HUMN 202General Humanities II (from 1400)3
HUMN 285Mythology3
HUMN 499Senior Humanities Seminar4
General Humanities Electives
Complete the 5 elective requirements from the lists (see below)24
Total Credits37


Select two of the following three requirements:6
Earlier Western History
Select 0-3 credits from the following:
Greek Civilization
Roman Civilization
Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Ancient World
Special Topics in Ancient History (Greece, Rome, W. Asia, N. Africa, Europe)
Imaging Medieval and Early Modern Women
The City in Antiquity
Alexander the Great: Legend and Legacy
The Roman Republic
The Roman Empire
Special Topics in Mediterranean Archaeology
Field Methods in Mediterranean Archaeology
Africa in Classical Antiquity
Introduction to Roman Law
Medieval European Civilization 450-1350
Age of Renaissance, 1350-1517
Later Western History
Select 0-3 credits from the following:
HIST 204
Social History of the United States
Economic History of the United States
History of United States Foreign Relations
U.S. Women’s History
History of Black Americans
Political History of the United States
HIST 219
HIST 221
HIST 222
Feminist Ideas in Western Thought
Historical Geography of the United States
HIST 315
History of Russia to 1917
Russia Since 1917
HIST 326
HIST 327
HIST 328
HIST 329
HIST 331
U.S. Immigration History
Cultural and Intellectual History of the United States Since 1880
European Social History
The Reformation Era, 1500-1650
HIST 422
HIST 424
The Nazi Third Reich
The Holocaust, 1939-1945
American Colonial History 1607-1763
The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877
The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1877-1920
The Rise and Decline of the New Deal Order: United States Politics and Society, 1920·1980
America in the Sixties: The Crisis of Consensus Liberalism
Urban Politics
Black Politics in America
The American Presidency
Contemporary Western European Politics
SOCI 207
Non-Western History
Select 0-3 credits from the following:
Introduction to African Civilization
HIST 109
Early Latin America
HIST 115
Modern Latin America
HIST 128
Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa
Introduction to Indian Civilization
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Modern Chinese Civilization
Communist Revolution in China
Chinese Social History Through Literature
History of Brazil
Women and Gender in the Middle East: Past and Present
HIST 416
Revolutions in Latin American History
HIST 431
Development of Japanese Character and Culture
Government and Politics of Africa
Government and Politics of China and Japan
Government and Politics of the Middle East
Total Credits6
Philosophy/Religious Studies
Select one of the following:3
Lucretius and Ancient Science
Rights, Liberties and American Justice
LAWS 391
Ethics and Business
Philosophical Issues in Biomedical Ethics
Philosophical Issues in Law and Justice
Social and Political Philosophy
American Philosophy
Contemporary Philosophers
Asian Philosophy
Philosophies of Art
Philosophy of Religion
Critical Reasoning and Arguments
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Sport
Philosophy of Technology
Special Topics in Fields in Philosophy
Special Topics in Periods and Movements
Special Topics in Periods and Movements
Knowledge, Belief and Truth
Existence and Reality
Philosophy of Law
Legal Reasoning
Legal Reasoning
Philosophy and Death
History of Philosophy: Ancient Philosophy
History of Philosophy: Modern Philosophy
PHIL 334
PHIL 335
Special Topics in Fields of Philosophy
Special Topics in Periods of Movements
Special Topics in Periods of Movements
Seminar in Philosophy
Ethnic Politics in America
American Political Thought
American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
Religious Studies
Select one of the following:3
Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures
New Testament/Christian Scriptures
American Religious Texts
Introduction to Greek and Roman Religion
Introduction to Greek and Roman Religion
Asian Texts
Death, Dying and Afterlife
Religion and Culture
Religion in the United States
Religion and Social Activism
Asian Religions
Islamic Religious Traditions
Native American Religion
Religion in Latin America
RELG 258
Women and Religion
The Holocaust: Religious Perspectives
Spirituality and Mysticism
RELG 326
Philosophy of Religion
Psychology of Religion
Total Credits6
Myth Studies
Select one of the following:3
Myth and Literature
African Myth and Literature
Celtic Mythology
Viking Mythology
Mythic Traditions
Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Humanities
The Mythology of JRR Tolkien's Middle-Earth
Greek Tragedy
Seminar in Classical Humanities
Principles of Mythic Symbolism
Myth, Meaning and Self
Total Credits3
Comparative Literature
Select one of the following:3
Images of Muslim Women in Twentieth Century Literature and Culture
Art of Poetry
Art of Fiction
Art of Drama
Contemporary U.S. Literature of Immigration
Irish Literary Revival: 1890-1939
American Indian Themes
African, Asian and Caribbean Literature in English
Victorian Popular Fiction
Contemporary African Literature
Women Prose Writers
Literary Modernism
Contemporary European Drama
Modern Drama: Ibsen to O'Neill
Modern European Novel
Speculative Fiction: Fantasy
Science Fiction
Seminar in Comparative Literature
Russian Culture and Civilization
Russian Culture and Civilization
Reading Asian Cultures
Special Topics in Greek and Roman Literature and Culture
History of Criticism
Seminar in Classical Humanities
National Literature
Select one of the following:3
American Drama
Black Writers in the United States: A Survey
Social Protest Literature in America
English Literature I: Beginnings to 1660
English Literature II: 1660 to Present
Special Topics in English or American Literature
English Novel to 1900
Vietnam War and American Culture
Women Poets
The Novels of Toni Morrison
American Poetry to 1940
American Poetry: World War II to Present
Early American Literature
Literature of American Renaissance
American Literary Realism
Modern American Fiction
Recent American Fiction 1990 to Present
Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century
Medieval English Literature
19th Century English Romantic Literature
Victorian Poetry
Renaissance Literature
English Drama: Beginnings to 1642
Shakespeare: Comedies-Histories
Shakespeare: Tragedies-Romances
Contemporary Poetry
Old English Language and Literature
ENGL 456
Seminar in American Literature
Seminar in English Literature
Total Credits6
Art and Music History
Select one of the following:3
Special Topics in Global Art Cultures
African-American Art
Modern Philosophies of Art
History of Contemporary Art
History of Photography
History of Industrial Design
Asian Art
Theories of Looking: Critical Theory and Visual Culture
African Art: Sub-Saharan
Medieval Art: Romanesque and Gothic
Renaissance Art in Italy: The Fifteenth Century
Renaissance Art in Italy: The Sixteenth Century
Northern Renaissance Painting
Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Art
Art of the Nineteenth Century
Twentieth-Century Art
Modern Architecture
Special Topics in Art History
Greek Art
Roman Art
Early Medieval Art: Early Christian, Byzantine Early Medieval
Introduction to Music
Introduction to Jazz
Rap and Rock as Cultural Phenomena
The History of Broadway
Influence of Afro-American Culture on Music
Introduction to Music in World Cultures
Total Credits3