B.A. Humanities

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Fast Facts: Humanities Major

  • The humanities major affords students an opportunity to create an individual program of study within two or three disciplines within the School of Arts and Letters. The humanities disciplines are central to a liberal arts education. For example, previous humanities majors have combined coursework in the arts, English and history to develop their humanities majors. Another example would be a combination of communication and global, cultural and language studies.
  • Students have the opportunity to study the broad relationships and connections among the humanities disciplines, while also focusing on those of particular interest and significance.
  • Programs included in Humanities are:
    • American Indian Studies
    • Art
    • Catholic Studies
    • Communications
    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Global, Cultural and Language Studies
    • History
    • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
    • Music
    • Ojibwe
    • Philosophy
    • Photography
    • Politics
    • Russian
    • Spanish
    • Theatre
    • Theology and Religious Studies
    • Women's and Gender Studies 

Program requirements

Major: 48 credits


Students are encouraged to talk with their advisor about completing an internship experience as part of the humanities major.


A major in humanities is an excellent, multifaceted preparation for many careers. The emphasis on reading, writing and critical evaluation of a broad range of historical/theoretical/artistic developments give 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.


With the assistance of the faculty advisor, humanities majors will design an intentional program of study focused on courses within the School of Arts and Letters. Each unique curriculum will include 24 credits in first and second year courses, and 24 credits in junior and senior level courses. 

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  • "I work in a fast-paced environment that requires me to think strategically, communicate clearly and effectively, and engage with diverse groups of people around issues of community change. My humanities education at CSS helped me develop these key skills while providing me with a sustaining, justice-oriented set of values."

    – Diane Tran, ‘06, Project Manager at Grassroots Solutions

  • "I have never felt more comfortable in college than with my humanities courses. It combines all of the subjects I love into one major, which is perfect for me."

    – Allison Brennhofer, ‘17