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Humanities and Western Civilization Program

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Why study the Humanities and Western Civilization?

Because integrated learning in the humanities fosters broad cultural understanding by exploring the connections among diverse areas of knowledge.

Undergraduate Programs

Courses for Nonmajors

All HWC courses are open to nonmajors. HWC 110, HWC 206, HWC 304, HWC 308, HWC 312, and HWC 430 are recommended to nonmajors for fulfilling the humanities principal course requirement.

Humanities Programs

Students have unusual freedom to select courses from a variety of departments. They can create integrated interdisciplinary programs and work closely with a faculty adviser. Majors may choose a track in civilizations in a global context, world literatures, or foundations of law in society. Depending on the track, majors may focus on a particular era or culture in Eastern or Western civilization, such as the Italian Renaissance or China during the Ming dynasty, from an interdisciplinary perspective. Or they may examine a theme or issue that cuts across disciplinary lines, such as classicism versus romanticism or ideas of war and peace.

Students should plan their studies within the general requirements and consult the director or associate director early in the major. During the senior year, the student enrolls in HWC 424 Senior Seminar in Humanities and Western Civilization for 3 credit hours and writes a substantial paper on a topic related to the major area. The adviser for this paper must be a faculty member with expertise in the field of the paper, chosen by the student in consultation with the chair. A second reader is then appointed.


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