Humanities Program Concentrations


To complete their major, Humanities choose one of the following  24-credit interdisciplinary concentrations:

Digital Humanities

This concentration is designed for students interested in learning the essentials of digital production (e.g., graphic design, web design, photography, and film) as well as digital studies (media studies, the impact of technology on society). As technology becomes increasingly intertwined with our everyday lives, it has become increasingly important to possess not only an understanding of computing but to learn how to effectively utilize computer technologies in our professional and personal lives as well as to understand how these same technologies can help shape our lives for better or worse. With a growing number of positions in the field of Information Technology (IT) and a projected shortage of Instructional Technologists, a Digital Humanities concentration can help students become more competitive in the job market. For a list of courses that count towards this concentration, click here.

Global and Cultural Studies

This concentration is designed for students who have an interest in global or popular cultures. As the workplace has become increasingly globalized, it has become especially important for professionals, regardless of the career they enter, to gain a developed understanding and knowledge of diverse cultures, nations, and people. Students who choose this concentration will be able to pick from courses that emphasize a deeper understanding of media and popular culture (e.g., Mass Media, Popular Culture and Media, Sports and Popular Culture, etc.) and courses that investigate international cultures and communities (Bollywood and Beyond, Middle East Politics, Africa in World Affairs, etc.). For a list of courses that count towards this concentration, click here.

Sustainability

This concentration provides students with a solid foundation in growing field of sustainability, which includes the impact and long-term viability of environmentalism, social justice, ecology, health sciences, marine biology, and food production, among other areas. As an increasing number of businesses, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions commit to ‘green’ lifestyles and practices, FDU Humanities graduates who choose this concentration place themselves in a particularly competitive position in the job market. This concentration is also augmented by the Career Development Center, which can help students place into internships with various, local environmental and sustainability focused groups. For a list of courses that count towards this concentration, click here.

American Studies

This more structured humanities option focuses on the place, significance, and perception of the United States in an increasingly globalized world, as well as aspects of American popular culture. Students choose 24 credits of courses in areas such as Philosophy, History, Literature, Communication and Media Studies, Political Science, and Sociology from an approved list. For a list of courses that count towards this concentration, click here.

British Studies

This more structured Humanities concentration is primarily designed for students who wish to spend at least a semester at our Wroxton campus. Such students will have a strong interest in the cultural heritage of Britain and will be interested in the place of the United Kingdom in the world today. For a list of courses that count towards this concentration, click here.

Traditional Liberal Studies

This “classic” humanities option offers the maximum amount of choice and variety for students seeking a solid academic grounding in multiple disciplines such as Philosophy, History, Literature, Art, and Humanistic Social and Behavioral sciences. For a list of courses that count towards this concentration, click here.