The Department of Humanities offers undergraduate courses that provide an understanding of ideas, ideals, values, and beliefs as expressed through arts and letters of global cultures. The introductory and core courses—Humanities 150‚ 257 and 258—focus on global arts and ideas. Other courses focus on specific cultural areas, topics, or media.
An understanding of global cultural arts and ideas enables us to interact positively with each other in our communities, at work and throughout the world. Humanities courses help develop skills of questioning, comparison, analysis and judgment that are useful in work requiring creativity, critical thinking and teamwork. Exploring global cultures also provides new insights into American culture, and an appreciation of one’s own and others’ heritage. Humanities is an exceptionally enriching field of study for those planning to teach or work in the areas of literature, psychology, sociology, human services, community leadership, or international business.
Special Elements of the Program
Study trips for academic credit are offered annually. Recent study trips for humanities credit were offered to Mexico, France, the southeastern United States, Canada, and Bénin (West Africa). See department chair.