Designed to Educate Both Heart and Mind
The courses comprised in this major develop a student’s ability to understand, interpret, and evaluate complex texts, articulate clearly their thinking, make effective judgments, and solve problems. Humanities majors have interests in writing, literature, language, philosophy, history, and art. Endorsing the study of the humanities, President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “It gives an aspect of living that is essential. You need technology. You need professions. You need all those things, but we need the heart also, and the humanities speak to the heart, to men’s aspirations for the good and the beautiful.”
"My degree taught me how to balance the demands of completing challenging work on a deadline, thriving in team/group environments, and ensuring that I think critically about the best possible way of completing a task. Both in working after undergrad and in law school, my degree has continued to fuel my passion for learning."
TRAVIS M., BYU-I GRADUATE
A museum curator/archivist collects and retrieves artifacts to display in museums and galleries. They spend time researching special collections and helping people learn about their rich history.
Journalists research the news and write compelling stories for a specific audience. They create content for mediums like the internet, magazines, newspapers, etc. Journalists can work for a company/organization or be self-employed.
The skillset gained from a humanities degree applies to the law (attorney, law clerk, and paralegal). This degree helps students become well-rounded in people, culture, literature, and art. It helps students learn to reason better and use critical thinking under high pressure.
Business managers are responsible for helping grow and maintain a successful business. They understand the aspect of teamwork through building relationships with customers and clients. They learn to work under high stress and properly handle conflict.
A marketing specialist works to create several means of communication to portray a specific message to a desired audience. These methods include blogging, digital advertising, photography, branding, etc. A humanities degree can help students in marketing by providing a broader understanding of the arts, literature, and the people to whom their messages are targeted.
Getting Started in this degree
If you are interested in Humanities, start with one of the following major-specific courses
As an English education major, you will focus on theories and methods for teaching literature and composition in the classroom. You also get to study an additional area of study in a selected minor. This will qualify you to teach in English and another area of study.
The International Studies major provides students with skills relevant to careers (or subsequent graduate studies) in international business, international economics, geographic information systems (GIS), and international policy-making and implementation. Students will also develop linguistic and international cultural competencies.