Briefly stated, the humanities are those cultural and creative disciplines by which cultures define themselves. The meaning of culture (and the place of the individual within it) is explored through cultural artifacts & traditions and expressive practices & techniques. And thus, creative and interpretative enterprises are central to humanistic study.
The humanities disciplines include art, dance, speech, theater, history, languages, literature, music and philosophy. Cutting across these varied disciplines, the interdisciplinary major intentionally trades depth of learning for broader scope of inquiry. By offering more latitude in its curriculum design, it often allows students to pursue less traditional or unique intellectual ventures, particularly those that require the synthesis of several disciplines. It also occasionally serves as an undergraduate pathway for graduate programs. The Humanities degree may not be earned in conjunction with a degree from one of the individual Humanities disciplines.
Angelia Perry advises all Humanities Interdisciplinary majors. Please consult with her if you think this major might fit your goals. Call 785-532-5480 or come to Eisenhower 121 to make an appointment.
Here are the specific program requirements for the degree.
- You must meet the Basic Requirements of the College of Arts & Sciences to obtain an interdisciplinary degree.
- Consult with the Humanities advisor. You must eventually submit a proposal that outlines your rationale or thematic design. It will include a tentative list of courses you will take for the major. It must be approved by the Humanities Advisory Committee.
- In order to design an appropriate curriculum, you will consult with faculty members who have some expertise in your areas of interest. This should be done as early as possible, ideally with less than sixty hours completed.
- 36 credit hours are needed in the major. Including:
- Fifteen credit hours in each of two humanities disciplines. They should be selected from among those courses normally counted towards a major in the field.
- At least fifteen hours in humanities disciplines at the 500-699 level, including at least two courses in each of the two concentration areas.
- No more than nine hours may be counted towards both the Arts & Sciences Basic Requirements and the major.
- A student with a well-defined theme that exceeds the scope of these requirements may petition the Humanities Advisory Committee for an appropriate waiver.
- A 2.0 GPA is necessary both overall and in the major curriculum. 120 hours are required to graduate.