Humanities

Humanities major

The Humanities major affords students an opportunity to create, with some limits, an individual program of study in one or more of the humanities disciplines included in the School of Arts and Letters. The humanities disciplines are central to a liberal arts education. At this college, the departments and programs included in the School of Arts and Letters are Art; Catholic Studies; Communication; English; History and Politics; American Indian Studies; Global, Cultural, and Language Studies (including American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian, Spanish); Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Music; Peace and Justice Studies; Philosophy; Theater; Theology and Religious Studies; Women and Gender Studies. A student choosing a Humanities major has the opportunity to study the broad relationships and connections among the humanities disciplines, while also focusing on those of particular interest and significance. A major in Humanities is an excellent, multifaceted preparation for many non-specialized careers; the emphasis on reading, writing and critical evaluation of a broad range of historical/theoretical/artistic developments gives a graduate the skills essential to personal fulfillment and professional success in the world, a world which demands effective  communication skills, multicultural understanding and the ability to identify and articulate an understanding of and position on a range of issues and problems.

A student graduating with a B.A. in Humanities from The College of St. Scholastica will:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the relationships and connections among the humanities disciplines studied.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the basic and essential principles of at least one School discipline.
  3. Analyze knowledgeably a problem germane to the School disciplines or critically evaluate a proposition pertinent to the chosen field of study.
  4. Communicate effectively an analysis of a problem or evaluation of a proposition.

Coordinator: Tammy Ostrander, Ph.D.

Plan A:

A comprehensive major for students wishing a broad liberal arts education. Courses are chosen to achieve breadth.

Requirements:

48 credits from the offerings of any three of the following departments and/or prefixes listed under the School of Arts and Letters (ART, CTA, ENG, GCL [ASL, FRN, GMN, OJB, RUS, SPN], HIS, INS, MUS, PJS, PHL, TRS, WGS) with 16 credits coming from each of the three chosen departments/prefixes. At least 24 credits must be upper-division courses (numbered 3000 or higher), with at least four credits of these upper-division courses coming from each of the chosen departments/prefixes. Some leeway is allowed in the above requirements, according to the needs of the student's program and subject to approval of the School Dean. The 48-credit requirement is fixed.

Plan B:

Primarily intended for the student who is designing his/her own major within the Humanities. Courses are chosen to achieve depth in two areas.

Requirements:

48 credits from the offerings listed under the School of Arts and Letters and any of its departments/prefixes. At least 24 credits must be upper-division courses (numbered 3000 or higher). At least 24 credits must be from one discipline; at least 12 of these credits upper-division. Some leeway is allowed in the above requirements, according to the needs of the student's program and subject to the approval of the School Dean. The 48-credit requirement is fixed.