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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Humanities

Capital College (HUM)

PROFESSOR PATRICIA E. JOHNSON, Program Coordinator, School of Humanities

This major helps students appreciate, understand, and interpret relationships among the arts, ideas, media, and values that have shaped Western and world cultures. Students are taught to become active learners who can synthesize, interpret, and communicate knowledge and experience through writing, speaking, and creative expression in a variety of media. The School helps students meet these goals by offering a range of interdisciplinary and discipline-based courses in the arts, art history, communication studies, English, history, literature, music, philosophy, theatre, and writing. The course of study includes interdisciplinary courses which examine topics and time periods from the perspectives of multiple Humanities disciplines. These courses engage students in cross-disciplinary critical thinking and analysis and prepare them for work in an increasingly interdisciplinary world. Students also choose three Humanities subfields to investigate in greater depth, choosing from history and global cultures; the visual and performing arts; philosophy and religious studies; and literature and writing. Students are also encouraged to combine this major with a minor in such fields as business administration, writing, and communications. The Humanities major prepares students for careers in the arts, arts administration, business, corporate communications, government, teaching, museum work, and law, as well as providing a foundation for graduate study in a liberal arts field.

Entry to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Humanities major requires the completion of 27.1 or more credits and a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average.

For a B.A. degree in Humanities, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 0-15 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 51 credits
(At least 36 of the last 60 credits must be earned at Penn State, according to University Policy 83-80.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)[1]
HUM 100 GH(3), HUM 200 GH(3), HUM 300W(3), HUM 400(3) (Sem: 1-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits) [1]
Select 6 credits from Humanities (HUM) courses: HUM 150(3), HUM 311(3), HUM 410(3), HUM 430(3), HUM 453(3), HUM 460(3), HUM 461(3), HUM 491(3), HUM 494(3), HUM 495(3), HUM 496(3), HUM 497(3), HUM 499(3) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (33 credits)
(At least 15 credits of supporting courses must be at the 400 level.)
Select 12 credits in one of the four following areas; select 9 credits in a second area: (Sem: 1-8)
a. History and global cultures: select from HIST, CMLIT, SPAN (all courses with those prefixes), CAS 271 US;IL(3), COMM 350 IL(3), ENGL 486 IL(3), ENGL 488 IL(3), INTST 100 GS;IL(3)
b. Performing and visual arts and art history: select from ART, ART H, INART, MUSIC, THEA (all courses with those prefixes), COMM 215(3), COMM 241(3), COMM 242(3), COMM 250 GA(3)
c. Philosophy and religious studies: select from PHIL, RL ST (all courses with those prefixes)
d. Literature and writing: select from ENGL, CMLIT (all courses with those prefixes), COMM 230W(3), COMM 260W(3), COMM 332(3), COMM 346(3), COMM 474(3)
Select 12 credits from AM ST, ART, ART H, CAS, CHNS, CMLIT, COMM, ENGL, FR, HIST, HUM, INART, MUSIC, PHIL, RL ST, SPAN, or THEA and/or 12 credits that can be used toward a minor in an area of the student's interests. (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2015

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-05-026

Review Date: 02/24/2015

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