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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 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 departmental area which would qualify them for graduate studies.

The Humanities major is an interdisciplinary program. 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 five (5) 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 two (2) upper division history or philosophy courses and two (2) upper division courses in either an ancient or a modern literature selected in consultation with the Humanities advisor.

In the final semester each student is required to complete either a senior thesis (HMNT 490), or a one unit Capstone Project (HMNT 497) plus an additional course in an ancient or modern literature, art history, history or philosophy.