The Humanities Major
Prof. Warren Brown teaches a seminar in Humanities. The small class size gives students an opportunity for intensive learning.
The Humanities major consists of a minimum of 40 credits of academic work, with a minimum grade of C, including the following core requirements:
Critical Methods in the Humanities (HUMA 500)
Students will be made acquainted with the methods and technology required for research in the humanities. Students should take this 4-credit course during the sophomore or junior year.
Integrated Core Courses (HUMA 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 515)
Each student takes at least two courses (8 credits) from the 510-515 sequence, preferably in the freshman and/or sophomore year.
Seminar in the Humanities (HUMA 700)
Each student takes at least one offering (4 credits) of the Seminar in the Humanities, preferably during the junior or senior year. This seminar provides an opportunity for in-depth reading, viewing, and/or listening to texts and artifacts. The emphasis is on the multiple perspectives and methodologies that can be brought to bear upon these works from several humanistic disciplines.
Research Project in the Humanities (HUMA 798/799)
Each student participates in the research seminar (for a total of 4 credits) throughout the senior year. The seminar provides a context within which students may discuss and receive directions in the course of completing a major research paper, the senior thesis. At the end of the second semester, students present their research to the faculty and their fellow students.
Beyond the 20 credits of core requirements, each student must fulfill the following requirements: 1) a minimum of 8 additional credits from other Humanities Program courses; 2) an additional 12 credits from Humanities Program offerings and from the offerings of other departments and programs, with the advice and approval of each student’s major adviser or the program coordinator. These offerings should bear some relation to the student’s particular interests and senior research paper, as seems appropriate in each individual case.
Declaring a major in Humanities
Students entering the University as first-year or transfer students may declare a major in Humanities as part of the admissions process.
If you are a continuing student interested in declaring Humanities as your major, you may do so during any given semester by obtaining a change of program form from the Registrar's Office. Complete this form, securing the necessary signatures, and bring the form along with your advising file from your previous major department to the Humanities Program Office in 104 Huddleston Hall. There are no pre-requisites for entering the Humanities major.
Inquiries about the major and minor should be directed to Catherine Peebles, Coordinator of the Humanities Program, 104 Huddleston Hall, (603) 862-3638; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.