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Bachelor of Arts in Humanities

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Requirements for the B.A. Major

Humanities Major Core Knowledge and Skills

Majors must complete courses in each of the following areas:

  • Introduction to the Humanities. Satisfied by HWC 110/111. 
  • Theory and Method in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities. Satisfied by HWC 325.

Majors must choose one of the following tracks: Civilizations in a Global Context, World Literatures, or Foundations of Law in Society.

Note: Sharing course work (credit hours) between any of the HWC major tracks and another major is restricted to 6 hours.

All other courses taken toward the major must be approved by the HWC undergraduate coordinator.

Majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad. Please see your adviser about this opportunity.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 18 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for humanities.

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Track 1: Civilizations in a Global Context

This track studies aspects of the cultures of Western civilization and of one non-Western civilization (e.g. Africa, the Middle East, or Latin America). It provides the student with knowledge of diverse civilizations and methods for investigating their differences and commonalities. Majors choosing this option must complete courses as indicated in following areas:

Contemporary Western Civilization. Satisfied by HWC 206.

European Civilization in World Context. Satisfied by HWC 430.

Required HWC Elective in aspects of the cultures of Western Civilization. This includes the study of movements and trends in thought, art, literature, beliefs, and events. It may focus on particular topic or epoch in a student’s area of interest. (A list of possible courses is below. Other courses may be selected in consultation with an HWC adviser.) Satisfied by 1 course (3hours) chosen from the following options:

  • HIST 343 The Holocaust in History
  • HIST 425 History of the Mediterranean World, 1099-1571
  • HIST 513 Early Medieval Culture
  • HIST 515 The Crusades in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • HWC 510 Science, Technology, and Society
  • HWC 530 Study of a Culture: _____
  • HWC 570 Men and Masculinities
  • HWC 575 The Body, Self, and Society

Required Elective in aspects of the cultures of Western Civilization. Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from options below not used to complete requirement above:

  • AMS 310 American Culture, 1600-1876
  • AMS 312 American Culture, 1877 to the Present
  • CLSX 330 Greek Literature and Civilization, Honors
  • CLSX 340 Roman Literature and Civilization, Honors
  • HIST 343 The Holocaust in History
  • HIST 425 History of the Mediterranean World, 1099--1571
  • HIST 513 Early Medieval Culture
  • HIST 515 The Crusades in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • HWC 510 Science, Technology, and Society<
  • HWC 530 Study of a Culture: _____
  • HWC 570 Men and Masculinities
  • HWC 575 The Body, Self, and Society
  • EURS 302 European Culture and Society 1945 to Present: Decline of Modernity and Rise of Postmodernism (Study Abroad)
  • FREN 335 France and the Frenc
  • ITAL 335 Italy and the Italians I
  • PHIL 384 Ancient Philosophy
  • PHIL 386 Modern Philosophy from Descartes to Kant
  • REL 372 Religion in American Society
  • SLAV 340 Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe
  • SLAV 502 Introduction to Russian Culture and Society: _____
  • SPAN 300 The Origins and Development of Spanish-American Culture
  • THR 380 Popular Culture: _____
  • WGSS 320 From Goddesses to Witches: Women in Premodern Europe
  • WGSS 321 From Mystics to Feminists: Women’s History in Europe 1600 to the Present

Required Elective in aspects of the cultures of Non-Western Civilization. Satisfied by 3 courses (9 hours) at the junior/senior (300+) level, chosen from courses classified as Non-Western (NW). (This must be in addition to the general education requirement of a non-Western culture course.) See list at: http://www2.ku.edu/~distinction/cgi-bin/nw. 

Capstone Experience. Majors must complete the Senior Seminar in Humanities and Western Civilization (Senior essay project). The senior essay is to be a comparative and integrative study of a topic that bridges the two civilizations studied. Satisfied by HWC 424.

 

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Track 2: World Literatures

This track offers literary-critical studies of both Western and non-Western literatures. It provides the student with knowledge of diverse literary traditions and methods for investigating their differences and commonalities. Majors choosing this option must complete courses as indicated in following areas:

Masterpieces of World Literature Series Required Electives. Satisfied by 2 courses (6 hours) chosen from HWC 304, HWC 308, or HWC 312.

Additional Literature Required Elective. Satisfied by the third HWC Masterpiece of World Literature course; any other HWC literature course upon approval from an adviser; or a course in American, British, or Irish literature (or any other English language or literature course).

Non-English-Language European Literature Required Electives. Satisfied by 2 courses (9 hours) in the literature of a non-English-language European culture in translation (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, etc.). Students with reading knowledge of a European language are strongly encouraged to take 1 of the literature courses in the original language. A list of possible courses is below. (Other courses may be selected in consultation with an HWC adviser.)

  • FREN 405 French Literature in Translation
  • HIST 420 Dante’s Comedy
  • HWC 500 Studies in: ____ (when topic is a non-English-language European literature)
  • GERM 420 German Literature in English Translation: _____
  • SLAV 144 Survey of Russian Literature in Translation
  • SLAV 516 Film Adaptations of Polish and Czech Literature

Non-Western Literature Required Electives. Satisfied by 2 courses (6 hours) in the literature of a non-Western culture in translation. Students with reading knowledge of a non-Western language are strongly encouraged to take 1 of the literature courses in the original language. A list of possible courses is below. (Other courses may be selected in consultation with an HWC adviser.) 

  • AAAS 333 Introduction to Caribbean Literature
  • AAAS 340 Women in Contemporary African Literature
  • AAAS 355 African Theatre and Drama
  • AAAS 432 Francophone African Literature
  • AAAS 433 Islamic Literature
  • EALC 316 Modern Japanese Literature in Translation: 1868-1945
  • EALC 318 Modern Chinese Literature in Translation
  • HWC 500 Studies in: _____ (when topic is a non-Western literature)

Capstone Experience. Majors must complete the Senior Seminar in Humanities and Western Civilization (Senior essay project). The senior essay is to be a comparative and integrative study of a topic that bridges the two civilizations studied. Satisfied by HWC 424.

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Track 3: Foundations of Law in Society

This track gives students an interdisciplinary background in diverse civilizations and provides an opportunity to explore the origins of legal traditions and the study of law in a global humanistic context. It may help students identify an interest in studying law but does not provide a guarantee of admission to law school. Majors choosing this option must complete courses as indicated in following areas:

Introduction to Law and the Legal Profession. Satisfied by HWC 328.

European Civilization in World Context: _____ Satisfied by HWC 430.

Required HWC Elective in Aspects of the Cultures of Western Civilization. This includes the study of movements and trends in thought, art, literature, beliefs, and events. It may focus on particular topic or epoch in a student’s area of interest. A list of possible courses is below. (Other courses may be selected in consultation with an HWC adviser.) Satisfied by 1 course (3hours) chosen from the following options:

  • HIST 343 The Holocaust in History
  • HIST 425 History of the Mediterranean World, 1099--1571
  • HIST 513 Early Medieval Culture
  • HIST 515 The Crusades in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • HWC 510 Science, Technology, and Society
  • HWC 530 Study of a Culture: _____
  • HWC 570 Men and Masculinities
  • HWC 575 The Body, Self, and Society

Required Elective in Aspects of the Cultures of Western Civilization. Satisfied by 1 course (3hours) chosen from options below not used to complete requirement above:

  • AMS 310 American Culture 1600-1876
  • AMS 312 American Culture 1877 to the Present
  • CLSX 330 Greek Literature and Civilization, Honors
  • CLSX 340 Roman Literature and Civilization, Honors
  • HIST 343 The Holocaust in History
  • HIST 425 History of the Mediterranean World, 1099--1571
  • HIST 513 Early Medieval Culture
  • HIST 515 The Crusades in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • HWC 510 Science, Technology, and Society
  • HWC 530 Study of a Culture: _____
  • HWC 570 Men and Masculinities
  • HWC 575 The Body, Self, and Society
  • EURS 302 European Culture and Society 1945 to Present: Decline of Modernity and Rise of Postmodernism (Study Abroad)
  • FREN 335 France and the French
  • ITAL 335 Italy and the Italians I
  • PHIL 384 Ancient Philosophy
  • PHIL 386 Modern Philosophy from Descartes to Kant
  • REL 372 Religion in American Society
  • SLAV 340 Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East Central Europe
  • SLAV 502 Introduction to Russian Culture and Society: _____
  • SPAN 300 Developments in Hispanic Cultures
  • THR 380 Popular Culture: _____
  • WGSS 320 From Goddesses to Witches: Women in Premodern Europe
  • WGSS 321 From Mystics to Feminists: Women’s History in Europe 1600 to the Present

Foundations of Law and Society Courses. Satisfied by 2 courses (6 hours) chosen with your faculty adviser from the following:

  • POLS 511 The Judicial Process
  • POLS 617 The Congress
  • POLS 684 International Law: The State and the Individual
  • POLS 685 International Law: Laws of Armed Conflicts
  • ANTH 675 Anthropology of Law
  • PHIL 674 Philosophy of Law
  • HIST 653 American Constitutional History to 1887
  • HIST 654 American Constitutional History Since 1887
  • HIST 373 The Supreme Court and Religious Issues (REL 373)
  • EALC 594 Law and Society in Traditional China
  • LA&S 206 Indian Law and Legislation
  • LA&S 208 Tribal/Federal Government Relations
  • PCS 120 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
  • PCS 550 Classics of Peace Literature
  • PCS 555 Topics in Peace and Conflict Studies: _____
  • PCS 565 The Literature of Human Rights

Required Elective in aspects of the cultures of Non-Western Civilization. Satisfied by 3 courses (9 hours) at the junior/senior (300+) level, chosen from courses classified as Non-Western (NW). (This must be in addition to the general education requirement of a non-Western culture course.) See list at: http://www2.ku.edu/~distinction/cgi-bin/nw

Capstone Experience. Majors must complete the Senior Seminar in Humanities and Western Civilization (Senior essay project). The senior essay is to be a comparative study of a topic or issue that integrates the humanities and the law. Satisfied by HWC 424.

 

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