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. 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, Classics, English, French, German, Greek, History, Italian, Latin, Philosophy, Spanish, or Theological Studies, or by five (5) upper-division courses in Art History. 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.
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. Should a student choose to concentrate in Art History, she or he will take five (5) three (3)-semester-hour courses to complete the emphasis.