The 15-credit Humanities minor takes an interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary approach, drawing from the traditional Humanities disciplines — Philosophy, History, Literature — and the theoretical Arts. The student minoring in Humanities will acquire comprehensive knowledge about influential ideas and worldviews, theories, and methodologies; thorough understanding of historical trends; and discernment of overarching connections across viewpoints, cultures, and historical periods. The skills cultivated and reinforced by the Minor include reading comprehension of demanding and intricate texts; critical thinking and problem-solving; ability to locate events and developments in space and time, and to trace historical changes and interconnections of theoretical outlooks; aesthetic appreciation of works of art.

  • HUMN1100 Intro to Methods in the Humanities or LITS4001 Senior Capstone (3 credits)

(Students can take both, and count one towards another requirement for the minor.)

  • One course in HIST, HUMN, LITS, PHIL, or RELI, any level (3 credits)
  • One course in HIST, HUMN, LITS, PHIL, or RELI, 2000-level or above (3 credits)
  • One course in HIST, HUMN, LITS, PHIL, or RELI, 3000-level or above (3 credits)
  • Any course with a Humanities or Arts prefix (3 credits):
    • ART (Studio Art)
    • ARTH (Art History/Appreciation)
    • CINE (Cinema Studies)
    • CREW (Creative Writing)
    • DAN (Dance)
    • ENGL (English, Wroxton and formerly Metro)
    • FILM (Filmmaking)
    • HIST (History)
    • HUMN (Humanities)
    • LANG (except language courses)
    • LITS (Literature, which replaces the former ENGL, English, at Metro)
    • MUSIC (Musical Performance)
    • MUSIH (Music History/Appreciation)
    • PHIL (Philosophy)
    • RELI (Religion)
    • THEA (Theater)
    • THEAH (Theater History/Appreciation)
    • or other course by approval.

Course Descriptions

  • HUMN1100 Focuses on a specific historical period or geographical regions as a model for applying interdisciplinary humanistic approaches.

  • LITS4001 Advanced study and research on topics in literature and criticism; capstone course required of all seniors majoring in literature.