Minor in Humanities
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.
|Select 12 units from the following courses:|
|HUM 321||Core Texts in History 1||3|
|HUM 322||Core Texts in Literature 2||3|
|HUM 323||Core Texts in Aesthetics 3||3|
|HUM 324||Core Texts in Philosophy 4||3|
|HUM 325||Core Texts in Christianity 5||3|
|A course taken to fulfill the above requirement may not also count for elective credit.|
|ART 354||History of Ancient Art and Architecture 3||3|
|ART 356||Writing 3: History of Modern Art and Architecture 6||3|
|ART 361||History of Early Christian and Medieval Art and Architecture 3||3|
|ART 362||History of Renaissance to Rococo Art and Architecture 3||3|
|ENGL 377||Shakespeare 2||3|
|ENGL 410||American Novel||3|
|ENGL 466||British Novel||3|
|HIST 401||Humanities Seminar||6|
|HUM 221||Core Texts in History 1||3|
|or HUM 321||Core Texts in History|
|HUM 222||Core Texts in Literature 2||3|
|or HUM 322||Core Texts in Literature|
|HUM 223||Core Texts in Aesthetics 3||3|
|or HUM 323||Core Texts in Aesthetics|
|HUM 224||Core Texts in Philosophy 4||3|
|or HUM 324||Core Texts in Philosophy|
|MUS 351||Ancient, Renaissance, and World Music Literature||3|
|MUS 352||Writing 3: Baroque, Classical, and Early Romantic Music Literature 6||3|
|MUS 455||Late Romantic and 20th-Century Music Literature 2||3|
|PHIL 315||History of Ancient Philosophy||3|
|PHIL 316||Medieval Philosophy||3|
|PHIL 320||History of Early Modern Philosophy||3|
|PHIL 340||Writing 3: Concepts of Human Nature 6||3|
|POLI 360||Classical Political Thought||3|
|POLI 363||Modern Political Thought||3|
|POLI 376||The American Founding||3|
|SOC 298||Basic Sociological Theory||3|
|SPAN 431||Spanish Language Poetry and Short Story||3|
|SPAN 432||Literary Masters 2||4|
|UBBL 310||I and II Samuel 7||3|
|UBBL 340||Romans and Galatians 7||3|
|UBBL 341||Thessalonian and Corinthian Epistles 7||3|
Meets the General Education Humanities: History requirement.
Meets the General Education Humanities: Literature requirement.
Meets the General Education Humanities: Fine Arts requirement.
Meets the General Education Philosophy requirement.
Meets the General Education Theology requirement.
Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement.
Meets the General Education Upper-Division Bible requirement.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students completing the humanities minor are skilled in the following areas:
- Familiarity with Great Works: Students demonstrate familiarity with great works from at least three General Education categories from multiple disciplinary perspectives.
- Reading, Studying, and Responding: Students demonstrate skill and flexibility in reading, studying, and responding to great works.
- Liberal Education: Students articulate the value of a great works approach to a liberal arts education.
- Christian Perspective: Students articulate a Christian perspective of truth and life.