Humanities: Peoples and Culture Major
This major provides an historical lens to two important avenues of human thought and expression: philosophy and literature. History’s ability to analyze historical eras and events enables those interested in the conversation about great ideas and literary expression to understand these philosophical ideas and literary expressions in their historical context, and to relate them to contemporary expressions. This major is especially suited for those who aspire to engage in research and the academic study of any of these disciplines, as well as historical research, politics, law, criminal justice, and the development of public policy.
Program ConcentrationsThis program is made up of the following concentrations. Learn more about concentrations.
The study of literature enables students to expand their horizons, to understand the universals of the human condition, and to deepen their awareness of human nature in all its diversity.
Courses in this Concentration
The History Concentration provides students an in depth overview of world and U.S. history. Students will learn about a wide range of topics from ancient times to the modern era including the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and Napoleon, and the World Wars. This study will help students develop skills in research, historical analysis, and communication.
The Philosophy concentration offers the student an opportunity to reflect upon the perennial questions regarding human freedom, morality, politics, the existence of God, and more, all with an emphasis on critical thinking and logical analysis. This concentration is a perfect complement to disciplines such as Business, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Nursing, and the humanities.
Courses in this Concentration
Concentrations on this page are required for this program. Additional courses or concentrations may need to be added to meet program or credit requirements.
- Introduction to Literature
- Literary Masterpieces
- Multicultural Literature
- Contemporary Literature
- African American Stories
- Ancient and the Medieval Worlds
- History of the Modern World
- Building of America: The Story of the American People
- Twentieth Century America
- The United States in World War II
- Introduction to Ethics
- Philosophy of Personal Identity
- Critical Thinking (Logic)
- Selected Topics
The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.
Liberal Arts Core
LEADERSHIP: 4 credits
- Freshman Seminar (1 cr.)
- Spiritual & Ethical Literacy (3 cr.)
- Personal Branding Communication (3 cr.)
- Writing for the 21st Century (3 cr.)*
- Quantitative Problem Solving (3 cr.)*
- Language & Culture (3 cr.)
CORE LITERACIES: 15 credits – Choose one (1) course from each broad theme. Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page. Broad themes are:
- Narratives of Identity (3 cr.)
- Science, Environment & Culture (3 cr.)
- Social Tensions (3 cr.)
- The American Experience (3 cr.)
- Approving the Better Things (3 cr.)