Broaden your horizons and gain a critical understanding of the world through a comparative study of the ideas and values of cultures by pursuing a humanities degree.

Like other liberal arts majors, a major in humanities offers a solid base of critical thinking on which to build a career or further study. This major will broaden your understanding of yourself and your interaction with the world and provide a perspective on cultural and intellectual heritage while offering tools to use that knowledge in the real world. You’ll explore how individuals and groups understand their existence, their place within their cultures, and their responsibility to others and the physical world.

About the Humanities Bachelor's Degree

The major in humanities offers an interdisciplinary curriculum in which you'll develop the analysis and communication skills that employers value. You'll be immersed in a multidisciplinary study of global culture as you analyze art, philosophy, literature, religion, film, theater, music, and technology.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Plan, communicate, and implement coherent and justifiable practices that improve human conditions
  • Analyze ideas critically and defend recommendations for improving the conditions of society
  • Act in a personally and socially responsible manner, recognizing the complexity and diversity of the human experience
  • Identify and use technology to research, collect, analyze, and interpret data and effectively communicate information that educates and influences others

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Choose a political, economic, or cultural issue or trend and study how it developed from the 1970s to the present; examples have included the legalization of marijuana, same-sex marriage, and the conservative movement
  • Choose a specific Greek sculpture and write a script in first person in which the sculpted figure talks to a present-day audience about the sculpture's life, accomplishments, and experiences

Humanities Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

This program requires 33 credits of coursework in the major.

  • HUMN 100
  • PHIL 100
  • PHIL 140
  • HIST 115, HIST 116, HIST 141, or HIST 142
  • MUSC 210 or any MUSC course
  • ARTH 372 or any upper-level ARTH course
  • PHIL 304 or any upper-level PHIL course
  • HUMN 351 or any upper-level HUMN course
  • PHIL 349 or any upper-level PHIL course
  • ENGL 406 or any upper-level ENGL course
  • HUMN 495

Electives

This program requires 46 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

General Education Requirements

UMGC outlines the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees on the General Education Requirements webpage.

In addition to the major, elective, and general education courses and requirements outlined on this page, please review the overall bachelor's degree requirements.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help you develop skills that are applicable to careers in fields as varied as education, publishing, journalism, advertising, sales, law, management, human resources, and insurance and at institutions such as museums and other nonprofit organizations.