The depth of critical analysis as well as the breadth of knowledge covered by the Humanities Program's courses can be a great benefit to students pursuing a variety of other majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, in the Professional Schools and particularly students pursuing a pre-medical or pre-law school program of study. This minor provides students with the kinds of skills and interests that enhance employment opportunities as well as applications to graduate school.

Humanities Program courses are designed to train students to understand and analyze critical, historical, cultural, social and political issues from different perspectives and to teach students to draw independent conclusions. Our courses also help develop excellent written and verbal communication skills—recognized by the business and scientific worlds as indicators of future innovators as well as indicators of high quality practitioners and researchers across many different fields (media, communications, arts, creative design, marketing, etc.).


The minor in humanities offers students the opportunity to take a range of interdisciplinary courses offered by the humanities program faculty. Total: 18 credit hours (at least 12 of which must be upper-division). All coursework applied to the minor must be completed with a grade of C- or better. No pass/fail work may be applied. The GPA for all minor coursework must equal 2.00 or higher. Students are allowed to apply no more than 9 credit hours, including 6 upper-division credit hours, of transfer work toward a minor.

Required Courses and Credits

Students must take 18 credit hours in humanities courses (HUMN). Of these 18 credit hours, 12 must be upper-division.

There are no specific course requirements for a minor in humanities. Any six 3-credit-hour humanities (HUMN) courses will do, as long as at least four are upper division. However, for a well-rounded course of study, the humanities program recommends the courses below.

Recommended Courses
Introductory Courses
Choose one of the following:3
Forms of Narrative: An Introduction to Humanities
Visualizing Culture: An Introduction to Humanities
Conflicts in History: Civilization and Culture: An Introduction to Humanities
Consider the following course to prepare for upper-division courses:3
Methods and Approaches to the Humanities
Additional Coursework
Choose any four 3-credit-hour upper-division HUMN courses12