Humanities Majors

Major - B.A. Humanities

We offer two areas of concentration:

The two concentrations for a B.A. in Humanities provide interdisciplinary study of the humanities (philosophy, religion, history, literature and the arts) in Western and other civilizations. The major emphasizes critical reading, analysis, and writing and can culminate in the exciting experience of writing a senior paper, under advisement from faculty mentors. It provides skills and habits of mind which have proved broadly useful in a variety of professional careers, in both public and private settings, and it prepares students for knowledgeable participation in civic life. The major has proved to be excellent preparation for graduate study in law, library science, history, English, comparative literature, and religion.

Important notes on the B.A. Humanities major, for both concentrations

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.

An average grade of B in liberal studies courses is required for admission to our gateway course, LBRL 302. (NOTE: LBRL 302 is ordinarily offered spring quarter only.) LBRL 302 is a prerequisite for our senior seminars.

It is also recommended that students undertake study of a foreign language concurrently with the major.

For information or advisement, contact the Liberal Studies Office.

Area of Concentration, History of Culture

68-71 credits (including core courses)

The History of Culture Concentration focuses on how cultures change. Students acquire a substantial knowledge of religious, philosophical, literary and aesthetic movements in Western civilization. Students also acquire some knowledge of works of the humanities in at least one other civilization or culture, and of its history. Students learn to analyze individual works of the humanities and to relate them to social and cultural developments. Students become familiar with methodological issues in the humanities and in cultural history, and learn to use methods appropriate to different kinds of problems.

Non-thesis option:  see here for current requirements in the University Catalog.

Thesis option:  see here for current requirements in the University Catalog.

Policy for Senior Thesis Sequence:  LBRL 498 & 499 Department Policy 

 

2018-19 Interim Advisor - Humanities: History of Culture

Professor Kimberly Lynn 

Bond Hall 152A 

Phone: 360-650-4869

E-Mail: Kimberly.Lynn@wwu.edu

 

 

 

Area of Concentration, Religion and Culture

68 - 71 credits

The Religion and Culture Concentration provides scholarly, critical, non-sectarian study of religions. Students study religious beliefs, practices, identities and organizations, and how they have influenced and been influenced by other aspects of society and culture. The concentration includes a broad survey of Western civilization as a basis for understanding its religious traditions. Students also become familiar with religious traditions in non-Western civilizations, and with their modern interactions and changes. Students study the origin, history, and methods of the academic study of religion as it has developed in Europe and North America. They are introduced to methodological issues in the study of religion, and learn to use methods appropriate to different kinds of problems.

Non-thesis option:  see here for current requirements in the University Catalog.

Thesis option:  see here for current requirements in the University Catalog.

Policy for Senior Thesis Sequence:  LBRL 498 & 499 Department Policy

 

Advisor - Humanities: Religion and Culture

Professor Michael Slouber

Bond Hall 170

Phone: 360-650-7649

E-Mail: Michael.Slouber@wwu.edu