The Humanities Program offers general-education courses to students across the University. It also provides the opportunity for motivated and independently minded students to craft an individualized major with a humanistic orientation. Students working toward a Humanities major, which is designed in consultation with the program advisor, pursue their interests in a systematic and coherent way across several disciplines.
The curriculum of the Humanities Program provides opportunities for the student seeking intellectual coherence and integration, awareness of cultural contexts and traditions, and the connection of humanistic theory to practice. The program is pluralistic and multicultural in its vision and interdisciplinary in its approach. It is designed to provide essential skills and understanding for intelligent action and preparation for a wide range of careers.
The Humanities Program is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse campus. Study of the humanities draws upon the many voices of the world in all their diversity, in time, in place, in gender, race, class, and age. The program welcomes all students and encourages the rational analysis of works of art and literature, and the reasoned expression of diverse points of view.
Humanities Program Courses
A series of introductory surveys taught by senior faculty (HUM 101, 102, 103) introduce students to major approaches and issues in the study of the humanities. These courses are directed towards first and second-year students and may be taken independently or as a sequence. More specialized courses at both the lower and upper-division levels address specific themes in the humanities, for example: the nature of the city; the relationship between science and culture; and food as a mode of human expression. These courses meet Group I, Arts and Letters, requirements.
Humanities 101, 102, 103, Introduction to the Humanities courses follow a chronological order. Humanities 101: the classical world; Humanities 102: the Medieval and Renaissance period; and Humanities 103: the modern world. These courses are offered every fall, winter, and spring, respectively. The specific regions and periods covered reflect the instructors’ interests and expertise.
The Humanities Program also offers upper-division introductory courses with a more limited chronological span. HUM 300 is a topical course, offered two or three times each year. Past topics have included: Venice, Dresden and European Culture; Music, Art and Culture in the Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Period; and Theater and Culture.