Humanities Major

The interdisciplinary major in humanities consists of an equal emphasis on courses selected from the departments of history, literature, and philosophy. The program encourages students to learn the methodologies of several disciplines, to trace interrelationship among disciplines, and to study common themes and issues from a variety of perspectives. Intensive and extensive study in the intellectual, social, and aesthetic movements of Western culture culminates in a senior project in which the student has the opportunity to synthesize some of the developments that he or she studies.

Students majoring in humanities often look toward careers in a wide variety of professional fields such as church-related ministry (pre-seminary), law, education (elementary, secondary, or college), linguistics/translation, missions, medicine, business, finance, counseling, government service, public administration, journalism, library science, relief work, or just about any other field of work. This major often appeals particularly to students with a broad range of intellectual interests and with a desire to study widely as well as in depth. The program, which involves the departments of History and Political Science, English, World Languages, Art, Music, and Religion and Philosophy, is administered by the Department of Religion and Philosophy.

Humanities majors are advised by Susan Bruxvoort Lipscomb from the Department of English & Writing.

Humanities Major (BA):  34-45 Hours

Required courses
Literature (one course may be in a modern foreign language) 9-12
History 9-12
Philosophy 9-12
Art History or Music History 3-4
Elective (with consent of advisor) 3-4
Senior Capstone: Humanities Seminar. 1
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