Humanities

Bachelor of Arts

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts degree program with a major in Humanities is an interdisciplinary program which may include studies in history, literature, philosophy, religion, foreign languages, and cultural anthropology. Electives are chosen from Humanities-related courses in other disciplines such as studio and performing arts, art history and criticism, geography, sociology, political theory, science, and economics.

B.A. Curriculum

Learning Outcomes

Students successfully completing the Humanities major program will demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of the importance of humanities and the arts in society;
  2. An understanding of change, continuity and causality;
  3. An understanding of the Marianist educational tradition of education for service, justice, and peace; and
  4. Outcomes appropriate to a minor in the selected area of concentration (see the specific minor programs in humanities, fine arts, and social sciences).
Degree Requirements

Pre-Major Requirements 

All majors must complete the following pre-major requirements:

  • English Literature: EN 200-level
  • History: Any 100-200 level course
  • Fine and Performing Arts
  • AR 201 Survey of Art I or AR 202 Survey of Art II; and PAR 100 – 200 level
  • Philosophy: PH 100 Introduction to Philosophy, PH 103 Critical Thinking, or PH 105 Ethics
  • Religion: RE 103 World Religions, RE 205 The Christian God and Human Experience, or RE 211 The Bible as Controversy
  • Social Sciences: choose two courses from SO 200 Introductory Sociology, AN 200 Cultural Anthropology, and PSY 101 General Psychology
  • Environmental Studies: ENV 100 Introduction to Environmental Issues
  • Political Science: POL 111 Comparative Government and Politics

(Students will concurrently complete 21 credits of General Education.)

Major Requirements The student is required to complete a minimum of 36 credits of upper division courses in disciplines related to the area of concentration, to include three semester hours of directed research in a topic chosen in consultation with the program advisor. The program shall include:

  • A minimum of 12 credit hours of study in a single discipline organized around a specific theme or concentration articulated in the student’s degree plan,
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours of study in other disciplines that support development of research and knowledge of the specific theme or concentration, and
  • A minimum of six credit hours of senior research and completion of a senior thesis (see HU 494 and HU 498 below) on a related topic in consultation with the student’s research advisor. The senior thesis will be read by the research advisor and one other faculty member.

Major Requirements for the Education Emphasis

The student is required to complete a minimum of 36 credits of upper division courses in disciplines related to the area of concentration, to include three semester hours of directed research in a topic chosen in consultation with the program advisor. This program area of concentration shall include:

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of study in education in the student’s degree plan and
  • A minimum of six credit hours of senior research and completion of a senior thesis (see HU 494 and HU 498 below) on a related topic in consultation with the student’s research advisor. The senior thesis will be read by the research advisor and one other faculty member.

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Careers

Students completing an innovative and non-traditional program of study for their undergraduate degree must be able to demonstrate the results of that program to future graduate schools and employers. To that end, the major requires the completion of an extended research project culminating in completion of a Senior Thesis. Students completing such a degree generally will continue their studies at the graduate level. Their studies prepare them for a reflective life of service and professional careers that benefit from the ability to apply integrated perspectives to problems and social situations, using a variety of analytical tools and developed writing skills.