The humanities minor explores connections among the literature, art, architecture, philosophy, music, and popular culture of a given era or topic. The program supports majors in many disciplines by providing educational breadth or opportunities for personal enrichment.
Study in the humanities minor helps students
- Gain familiarity with significant works of literature, art, and intellect from several eras and cultures, and with issues those works raise
- Understand how famous works in literature, art, and other humanities disciplines address important public or personal issues of their time and ours
- Improve cognitive skills: reasoning, systematic thinking, attentive reading, and active looking
- Formulate and support reasoned arguments about the meaning, interconnection, or importance of specific works
- Improve written and oral communication skills
- Develop an appreciation of human creative endeavor over time and across cultures.
A humanities minor is an excellent complement for liberal arts students who are majoring in:
- Ethnic Studies
- Gender Studies
- Social Science
The humanities minor is particularly appropriate for students in professional programs such as:
- Creative writing
A minor in humanities is also appropriate for students in specialized or technical majors who would like to broaden their education by pursuing non-vocational interests at the college level.
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