The Humanities major is an interdisciplinary program sponsored by the Department of Literature, Philosophy & the Arts.

Students design an individualized course of study combining several disciplines from the Departments of Literature, Philosophy & the Arts and Language, Culture & Communication, as well as History and other programs. The major allows students to explore a variety of fields that cannot be covered within the confines of a single program.

More about Humanities

The Humanities Concentration has a strong interdisciplinary focus. Students in the Concentration design an individualized course of study in three CASL disciplines from the list below, chosen according to their own interests and in close consultation with a faculty advisor. Students are encouraged to choose fields of study with significant interrelations. A student may, for example, develop a program in Women's Studies, Art History, and French; or a program in Communications, Philosophy, and History. Students follow a rigorous course of study while enjoying the stimulus of a program tailored to their special interests and goals. 

The flexible, individualized design of the Humanities Concentration makes it attractive to a wide range of students. The program offers a broad liberal education for pre-professional students planning to go on in law, journalism, or library science. It works well for independent, intellectually active students who want to pursue their interests in several different disciplines. And for students in the Honors Program, the Humanities Concentration provides an excellent way to continue their interdisciplinary study of history, literature, and society. 

Disciplines included in the Humanities Concentration: 

    • African-American Studies 
    • Art History 
    • Communications 
    • Comparative Literature 
    • English 
    • Film Studies 
    • French Studies 
    • German 
    • Hispanic Studies 
    • History 
    • Journalism and Screen Studies 
    • Linguistics 
    • Music History 
    • Philosophy 
    • Women's Studies 
    • World Literature in Translation

Degree Requirements

Internship, Co-op, and Research Opportunities

  • Internship Opportunities

    Students are encouraged to apply to the Humanities/History Internship Program.

  • Research Opportunities

    Close faculty-student contact is an important feature of the Humanities Program. Students in the Concentration work in three disciplines, chosen according to their own interests and in close consultation with a faculty advisor. Students are encouraged to choose fields of study with significant interrelations.

    In their senior year, under the supervision of one or more faculty members with whom they have already worked, students write a thesis or research project that explores the connections and crosscurrents between their chosen fields.

    Students may become involved with the current research of their professors for their senior thesis or project.

    All students are strongly encouraged to present their research from classes, senior thesis or project at the annual Meeting of the Minds conference.

  • Program Goals
    1. Concentrators will complete courses in three disciplinary areas traditionally associated with the Humanities—art, literature, and history—in order to develop an interdisciplinary approach to learning and research.
    2. Concentrators will demonstrate their ability to communicate clearly and effectively with specific audiences, both orally and in writing, using appropriate vocabulary and inquiry skills.
    3. Concentrators will demonstrate knowledge of the pertinent questions, methodologies and conventions that distinguish each of their disciplinary areas of study.
    4. Concentrators will apply knowledge from the diverse disciplines they are studying to achieve greater insights into their own and other cultures.
    5. Concentrators will develop a senior project or thesis that demonstrates competent, ethical research and writing, and successfully integrates or compares themes, issues or motifs from their different areas of study.
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