Humanities Major with Teacher Certification in Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6 (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).

Students who wish to pursue K-6 teacher certification in Elementary Education must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

Program Requirements

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill General Education categories.

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill World Languages and Cultures categories.

I. General Education
A. New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication – Fulfilled by CMST 101 in Teacher Ed sequence.0
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Fulfilled by MUGN 100, 109, 120, 136 or 160 in the major.0
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences - Fulfilled by HUMN 201, 202 or 285 in the major.0
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives – Fulfilled by EDFD 220 in the Teacher Ed sequence.0
G. Computer Science3
H. Mathematics
Fulfilled by MTHM 201 in the Teacher Ed sequence.0
I. Natural Science Laboratory
BIOL 100Biological Sciences4
K. Social Science
1. American and European History – Fulfilled by EDFD 221 in the Teacher Education sequence.0
2. Global Cultural Perspectives - Fulfilled by HUMN 217 in the major.0
3. Social Science Perspectives – Fulfilled by PSYC 101 in the Teacher Ed sequence.0
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Fulfilled by ECEL 200 in the Teacher Ed sequence.0
II. World Languages and Cultures
A. World Languages3-6
B. World Cultures - Fulfilled by HUMN 217 in the major.0
III. Major Requirements
A. Required Core Courses
HUMN 201General Humanities I (to 1400)3
HUMN 202General Humanities II (from 1400)3
HUMN 285Mythology3
HUMN 499Senior Humanities Seminar4
B. Humanities Electives
1. History
Complete one course from 2 out of 3 History categories listed below.6
2. Philosophy
Complete one course from the list below.3
3. Religion
Complete one couse from the list below.3
4. Myth Studies
Complete one couse from the list below.3
5. National Literature
Complete one couse from the list below.3
6. Comparative Literature
HUMN 217Reading Asian Cultures3
7. Art and Music
Complete one of the following:3
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
IV. Teacher Education Sequence
See requirements below.60
V. Free Electives
Complete additional coursework to reach 120 credits.6-3
Total Credits120

Teacher Education Program Requirements (K-6) 

Pre-Professional Sequence
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
FSHD 214Child Development I3
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy3
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
Professional Sequence
First Semester Junior Year
FSHD 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
MTHM 302Mathematics in Elementary Schools II3
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
ECEL 279Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education3
Second Semester Junior Year
ECSE 339Pedagogy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom3
ECEL 408Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms3
First Semester Senior Year
ECEL 410Clinical Practice I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms2
ECEL 412Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms1
ECEL 427Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms3
READ 408Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
Second Semester Senior Year
ECEL 414Clinical Practice II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms9
ECEL 421Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms3
Total Credits60


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
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
Total Credits3
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 Credits3
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 (Course may be used if the topic is appropriate.)
The Mythology of JRR Tolkien's Middle-Earth
Greek Tragedy
Seminar in Classical Humanities
Principles of Mythic Symbolism
Myth, Meaning and Self
Total Credits3
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 Credits3