Minor in Humanities

Students in the humanities minor learn about the great works of literature, philosophy, art, music, science, and theology.

24 units

All humanities courses have roots in the liberal arts. The liberal arts provide the foundation for a full liberal education, which rises from them and reaches beyond them. They are preparation for the lofty and rigorous discipline of understanding in its fullness “the truth [that] shall make you free” (John 8:32). The humanities minor curriculum builds on the foundation of the Great Works Option for fulfilling General Education core requirements. Great works of literature, philosophy, art, music, science, and theology offer the most enriching content of the liberal arts and of liberal education itself. They are living teachers speaking to each generation with rare wisdom and beauty. Through study of such works, students of the humanities integrate the liberal arts with one another, with education as a whole, and with Christian higher education in particular.

A liberal arts education prepares the student not for a specific profession but for life itself, for the moral, intellectual, social, civic, and spiritual maturity and growth that accompany a life well lived. A successful liberal education prepares the student for the proper ordering of all spheres of life and for a lifetime of learning. The first task of the liberal arts is to secure the liberation of the mind from those many fetters that can bind it, notably ignorance, prejudice, and the influence of the passions. In and through this essential freedom—the freedom of the mind—humanity manifests itself. The integrative principle of the liberal arts is the idea of humanitas.


The humanities minor consists of 24 units from the listed courses. At least 12 units must be upper-division HUM courses. Students must take HUM courses (upper- or lower-division) in at least three categories of the General Education curriculum.

Required Courses12
Select 12 units from the following courses:
HUM 321Core Texts in History 13
HUM 322Core Texts in Literature 23
HUM 323Core Texts in Aesthetics 33
HUM 324Core Texts in Philosophy 43
HUM 325Core Texts in Christianity 53
Elective Courses12
A course taken to fulfill the above requirement may not also count for elective credit.
ART 354History of Ancient Art and Architecture 33
ART 356Writing 3: History of Modern Art and Architecture 63
ART 361History of Early Christian and Medieval Art and Architecture 33
ART 362History of Renaissance to Rococo Art and Architecture 33
ENGL 377Shakespeare 23
ENGL 410American Novel3
ENGL 466British Novel3
HIST 401Humanities Seminar6
HUM 221Core Texts in History 13
or HUM 321 Core Texts in History
HUM 222Core Texts in Literature 23
or HUM 322 Core Texts in Literature
HUM 223Core Texts in Aesthetics 33
or HUM 323 Core Texts in Aesthetics
HUM 224Core Texts in Philosophy 43
or HUM 324 Core Texts in Philosophy
MUS 351Ancient, Renaissance, and World Music Literature3
MUS 352Writing 3: Baroque, Classical, and Early Romantic Music Literature 63
MUS 455Late Romantic and 20th-Century Music Literature 23
PHIL 315History of Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL 316Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL 320History of Early Modern Philosophy3
PHIL 340Writing 3: Concepts of Human Nature 63
POLI 360Classical Political Thought3
POLI 363Modern Political Thought3
POLI 376The American Founding3
SOC 298Basic Sociological Theory3
SPAN 431Spanish Language Poetry and Short Story3
SPAN 432Literary Masters 24
UBBL 310I and II Samuel 73
UBBL 340Romans and Galatians 73
UBBL 341Thessalonian and Corinthian Epistles 73
Total Units24

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing the humanities minor are skilled in the following areas:

  1. Familiarity with Great Works: Students demonstrate familiarity with great works from at least three General Education categories from multiple disciplinary perspectives.
  2. Reading, Studying, and Responding: Students demonstrate skill and flexibility in reading, studying, and responding to great works.
  3. Liberal Education: Students articulate the value of a great works approach to a liberal arts education.
  4. Christian Perspective: Students articulate a Christian perspective of truth and life.