Bachelor of Arts Humanities: History of Culture

The humanities include the disciplines which study philosophy, religion, history, literature, and the arts. The BA in Humanities: History of Culture serves students who want to major in more than one Humanities discipline, using interdisciplinary methods of investigation.

The department supports study of cultural history on a global level, including Europe and the Americas, East Asia South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and predominantly Islamic areas. Its courses give attention to historical development and cross-cultural interaction, both in the past and in the modern period. Students learn to analyze individual works of the humanities and to relate them to social and cultural developments.  The department’s curriculum includes some courses called “Humanities” (HUMA) and others called “Religion” (REL).  

The small size of classes and seminars in the Humanities: History of Culture BA program encourages close relationships between students and faculty. Working closely with faculty, students learn to formulate problems clearly, to consider and evaluate different methods and concepts, to do efficient and thorough research, and to write clearly, concisely, and effectively, culminating in work in rigorous senior seminars, with the option of writing an individually advised senior thesis.  

 

Students interested in the Humanities: History of Culture degree should contact the Major Advisor (Prof. Seán Murphy) as soon as possible. There are no prerequisites for declaring the major.

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Major Requirements

· Five courses (23-25 credits) under advisement from:

HUMA 110, 121, 122, 123, 243, 271, 273, 275, 276, 277, 278, 281, 290; REL 231 (or HRNS 219), 232, 233, 234, 265, 283, 290

These may include a maximum of two from the following: HNRS 103, 104, 105, 106

The selected 100-level and 200-level courses must cover at least two different regions of the world.

· HUMA 302 – Methods of Interdisciplinary Study (5 credits)

· Four courses (20 credits) under advisement from:

HUMA 321, 323, 325, 327, 329, 360, 362, 372, 390; REL 303, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 336, 338, 340, 341, 342, 345, 375 (or EAST 375), 378, 380 (or EAST 380), 382 (or EAST 382), 390

· Choose one of the following options:

Thesis Option (16 credits):

· Two courses (10 credits) from: HUMA 421, 422, 423, 425, 427, 429, 490; REL 424, 426, 428, 490

· HUMA 498 – Readings for Research in Humanities (3 credits)

· HUMA 499 – Research in Humanities (3 credits)

Non-Thesis Option (15 credits):

· Three courses (15 credits) from: HUMA 421, 422, 423, 425, 427, 429, 490; REL 424, 426, 428, 490

For more information see 2024-2025 Course Catalog

Humanities: History of Culture B.A. Advising

Professor Seán Murphy

Bond Hall 160 

Phone: 360.650.4870

Sean.Murphy@wwu.edu


Winter Office Hours: 

Mondays and Fridays - 2:30pm-4pm or by appointment