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Humanities Concentration

This interdisciplinary concentration allows students to explore courses from literature, intellectual and cultural history, comparative religion, communication, and the arts. Students will learn to analyze the ways human beings from diverse cultures have understood their worlds and expressed these conceptions in art and philosophy. Students will discuss literary and artistic works from a variety of perspectives and approaches, as well as theories of interpretation and practical communication.

Building on humanities courses in the core liberal arts curriculum, students must complete an additional 21 credit hours from the following courses (drawn from at least three different disciplines, with a minimum of two upper-division courses).

Mission Statement

The Humanities concentration offers an interdisciplinary study of intellectual history, philosophy, literature, and the arts, enabling students to pursue a broad study of the history of human creativity and expression.

Concentration Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the humanities concentration will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate aptitude and ability to analyze ideas, historical events, and cultural texts from diverse origins.
  2. Identify, analyze, and evaluate the underlying epistemological and metaphysical assumptions in works of literature, art, and philosophy.
  3. Construct a critical argument that accurately presents and respects multiple perspectives or points of view and articulate a Reformed perspective on the study of the humanities rooted in the goodness of creation, the problem of sin, and the abiding image of God in humanity.

Representative Classes Can Include

  • Critical Theory
  • Drawing
  • Introduction to Theater
  • Survey of World Religions
  • Film Studies
  • History of Christianity I
  • Special Topics in Humanities
  • Music Appreciation


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