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Humanities is an interdisciplinary major coordinated by the Letters Collegium. Working together, the student and Mentor design a ten course program using the methodology of a core Letters discipline (American studies, classics, history, literature, philosophy, political science, film studies, or religious studies), supplemented with courses from complementary disciplines and integrative humanities courses. A minimum of five courses must be from the core discipline; the other courses may be drawn from complementary disciplines. At least five courses must be at the 300 level or above. In addition to the ten-course program, students are required to take a Senior Comprehensive exam designed and evaluated by no fewer than three Letters Collegium faculty.

Students who complete the humanities major demonstrate the following competencies:

  • knowledge of the significance of the humanities as an interdisciplinary field of study and endeavor, and of the interconnections between the different humanities disciplines
  • knowledge of content in the core discipline
  • ability to understand and use the methods of the core discipline;
  • ability to conduct research and engage in scholarly writing, including mastery of the accepted style of documentation in the core disipline
  • ability to engage in effective oral communication.

HU 499: Senior Thesis

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