The Humanities major is designed in the spirit of the ancient and proven curriculum of the liberal arts. The liberal arts are literally those arts appropriately exercised by a free people for their own sakes: learning that has as its end, a well-trained mind, a virtuous character, and a spiritual and intellectual life rich in concepts and symbols. The liberal arts, more than any other curriculum, develop students' abilities to understand, interpret, and evaluate complex texts, to articulate clearly their own thinking, to make effective judgments, and to solve problems.
The Humanities major is designed for students who want a broad liberal education and an excellent preparation for professional schools such as law and medicine, for graduate programs in the humanities and other liberal arts, and for life as parents, citizens, and disciples. Liberal arts students also find their skills very much sought after by businesses. For many centuries the liberal arts have proven their value in preparing people for successful living and working.
Humanities and Philosophy Minor
The Humanities and Philosophy minors are a natural complement to majors such as English, History, Music, Art, and Foreign Languages by providing a broader interdisciplinary perspective to these disciplines. Moreover, due to their broad foundation of knowledge and skills, students with a Humanities or Philosophy background are sought after for graduate programs in medicine, law, and business, as well as social sciences. These minors will also be of interest to students who wish to temper their technical studies with a curriculum that will prepare them for a lifetime of clear thinking and enjoyment of the arts.
The courses required for the Humanities major and Humanities and Philosophy minor tend to fluctuate. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the course catalog or meet with your advisor to discuss class requirements.