Why Humanities?

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What is Humanities?

LMU's Humanities major provides an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental background in the liberal arts. The major meets the needs of students looking for programs that are broader than those offered within single departments.

The Humanities program values the ways in which cognitive, moral, and aesthetic disciplines have enriched our understanding of the human condition. Majors explore the arts, history, literature, languages, philosophy, and other disciplines. Courses are offered from departments including English, Art History, Archaeology, Philosophy, History, and Theological Studies.

The program is fine preparation for students interested in professional schools in law, business, or education.  

What do Humanities Majors do?

Humanities majors learn how knowledge is pursued, established, and critically evaluated. They learn how artists convey a sense of the world’s surface and its depth. They also gain analytical and communication skills.

Humanities majors design their own programs in consultation with the director of an academic department. During the first portion of the major, students become familiar with the studio arts, art history, and a modern or classical language. During their junior and senior years, students choose an area of concentration in a liberal arts discipline. Majors then choose one or two support disciplines within the Humanities, ranging from literature to philosophy, to provide perspective in the area of specialization. 

Is this Major Right for You?

You might be a Humanities major if you:

  • Are thinking of a career in law, business, or education
  • Enjoy interdisciplinary studies
  • Are passionate about language
  • Are passionate about the arts
  • Like research and writing 

About our Faculty

Our faculty members are affiliated with departments across LMU. Their areas of interest include Italian cinema, contemporary Italian literature, visual studies, English literature and photography, travel writing, gender studies, and feminist theory.

Faculty members have organized conferences, been interviewed for documentary films, and authored books. They have written articles for a wide variety of publications. 

About our Students and Graduates

Students complete a capstone project during their final semester of study. A capstone is a portfolio that summarizes the student's interdisciplinary course of study; the goal of the capstone is to demonstrate a major’s ability to integrate learned knowledge of language, literature, history, art history, and philosophy.

Our graduates receive solid preparation for careers in communications, journalism or publishing, as well as graduate study in law, business or education.  

Representative Courses

Our courses have included:

  • Modern Languages
  • Art of the Western World
  • Modernism
  • Literature and Photography
  • Italian Cinema
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • History of the American Family
  • LA Contemporary Art
  • Beginning Acting
  • Sex and Gender in Classical Antiquity
  • Chicana/os-Latina/os in Film and Mass Media
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Black Arts Movement
  • Travel Writing
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Contemporary Chinese Cinema
  • Islam in the Modern World
  • Visual Studies
  • Asian Mythology
  • Capstone Project
  • Independent Studies 

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