Humanities Program FAQ's

Which primary Humanities concentration should I choose?

Humanities majors may choose between these interdisciplinary primary concentrations:

Each of these concentrations permits you to take a wide variety of courses in History, Philosophy, English/American/World literature, Art, and Humanistic Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Due to its flexibility, the Liberal Studies concentration is ideally suited for transfer students or adult learners who may already have accumulated some college credit and/or relevant professional experience. The remaining concentrations may be more suitable for students who are just starting college and who are planning careers in education, law, social work, consulting, management, public affairs, or any other field that demands advanced critical reading, writing, and thinking skills.

Please click on the links above to see which specific courses count towards each concentration.

What are humanities seminars?

Humanities seminars introduce students to and involve them in interdisciplinary studies. These courses also help develop exceptional critical reading, writing, and reasoning skills.  Recently offered Humanities seminars include: Human Rights (HUMN 2440), African-American Political Thought (HUMN 2443), South African Literature (HUMN 3396), Ethics and Public Affairs (HUMN 4438), and Questioning Religion (HUMN 4439).

Can I take humanities seminars even if I am not a Humanities major?

Yes, humanities seminars are open to all students, although Humanities majors have preference.

What is The Life of the Mind?

The Life of the Mind (PHIL 1000) is an innovative new course that explores the importance of philosophical questions for academic study in a variety of disciplines, as well as their significance for personal, professional, and political life. The Life of the Mind captures the spirit of the entire Philosophy/Humanities program by focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving, as well as critical reading, writing, and thinking skills.

Is Humanities a good choice of majors for teachers?

Yes, especially if you want to teach at either the K-5 or at the 6-8 level (Social Studies or Language Arts).  For these areas, it is important to be exposed to a wide variety of courses from different academic disciplines, and the Humanities degree offers exactly that through its interdisciplinary nature.