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  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2017-2018

Humanities, B.A.


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Objectives


The Humanities major is designed to meet the needs of a student who has a broad interest in liberal arts but whose interest would not be served by a major program within a single department. The Humanities major is an interdisciplinary program that draws on courses taught in several departments in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts (History, English, Classics, Philosophy, Theological Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures) and the College of Communication and Fine Arts (Art History). In the first two years the student acquires a broad background in the arts, history, and literature. Language study through the advanced level is also required. In the second two years, the student concentrates in a particular area of interest. The concentration consists of four (4) upper-division courses taken from departmental offerings in Archaeology, Art History, Classics, English, French, German, Greek, History, Italian, Latin, Philosophy, Spanish, or Theological Studies. The concentration is then supported by three (3) upper-division courses from one or two supporting fields selected in consultation with the Humanities advisor. All Humanities majors are required to complete, in their final semester, a Capstone Project (HMNT 4997 ), which marks the culmination of the student’s interdisciplinary course of study.

The program provides students with the motivation, knowledge, and skills necessary to read, write, and think critically about the issues that have occupied the writings of humanists for centuries, as well as to examine, question, and challenge their own moment in cultural history in light of the values associated with humanism.

The program is a fine preparation for students interested in professional courses in law, business, or education. Also, the program is designed to allow students to complete a major in a disciplinary area that would qualify them for graduate studies.

Humanities Student Learning Outcomes


By virtue of pursuing a major in Humanities,

Students should know:

  • How knowledge has been pursued, established, and critically evaluated in at least two different disciplines representing their concentration and supporting field of study
  • The various ways in which artists have developed the fine arts to convey their sense of the world’s surface and its depth
  • A foreign language
  • The content as well as analytical and communicative skills that the study of their concentration demands;

Students should be able to:

  • Communicate insights clearly, effectively, and with nuance in both oral and written form
  • Synthesize insights from a variety of disciplines
  • Develop insights from one discipline for the enrichment of others;

Students should value:

  • The variety of ways in which cognitive, moral, and aesthetic disciplines have enriched our sense of the human condition
  • The further pursuit of those disciplines, as required by their deeper sense of the complexity of the human condition
  • Their responsibility to serve the world as whole persons, with head, heart, and hand.

Major Requirements


Lower Division Requirements:


19 semester hours distributed as follows:

3 semester hours in Studio or Performance Arts.


8 semester hours from one of the following language sequences:


Note:


An average grade of C (2.0) must be obtained in courses included in the major.

Upper Division Requirements:


At least 30 semester hours in upper division courses distributed as follows:


  • 16 semester hours in concentration in a departmental major.
  • 12 semester hours in one or two fields which supports the concentration.

And, in the final semester


2 semester hours focusing on the Capstone Project (HMNT 4997 ).

Note:


An average grade of C (2.0) must be obtained in courses included in the major.

The choice of a concentration and of support courses must be formally approved by the Director.

Humanities Model Four-Year Plan


The normal course load is 16 semester hours (4 classes). By following the model below, a student will complete all lower division core requirements by the end of the sophomore year as well as most major prerequisites. Note that core areas are suggested to provide a distribution of various disciplines every semester. Please be flexible implementing these suggestions, given your own interests and course availability. In four years, this plan meets all common graduation requirements.

Freshman Year


Fall Semester


  • FFYS 1000 First Year Seminar 3 OR 4 semester hours
  • Foreign Language (100-level) 4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
Total: 13-16 semester hours

Spring Semester


  • RHET 1000 Rhetorical Arts 3 OR 4 semester hours
  • Foreign Language (100-level) 4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
Total: 13-16 semester hours

Sophomore Year


Fall Semester


Total: 13-15 semester hours

Spring Semester


Total: 13-15 semester hours

Junior Year


Fall Semester


  • Upper Division Concentration 4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Support Field 4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 14-16 semester hours

Spring Semester


  • Upper Division Support Field 4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Concentration 4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 14-16 semester hours

Senior Year


Fall Semester


  • Upper Division Support Field 4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Concentration 4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 14-16 semester hours

Spring Semester


  • HMNT 4997 Capstone Project 2 semester hours
  • Upper Division Concentration 4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 12-14 semester hours

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