Apr 22, 2024  

Humanities - Cultural Studies Concentration, BA

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Major in Humanities

Carolyn Gascoigne, PhD, Coordinator
S-1055, 713-222-5372

The study of the humanities is an investigation of human institutions and artistic achievement, the values embodied in those institutions and works, and the range of aesthetic and philosophic responses to the human condition. The Bachelor of Arts in Humanities program gives a student experience with literature, philosophic writings, the history of human culture, and the performing and visual arts, as well as a framework for critical consideration of cultural values and their expression in institutions, literature and the fine arts.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates who earn a BA in Humanities will:

  • Identify and discuss the major intellectual trends in the humanities, including arts, music, literature, science, philosophy, theology, and politics.
  • Identify and discuss the historical and cultural contexts in which great artistic and/or literary works
  • Identify and discuss why important intellectual traditions are relevant in the 21st century.
  • Write effectively to include appropriate use of English syntax and semantics, cogent reasoning and rebuttal skills, cohesiveness of expression and effective argument.

To complete a BA in Humanities, students must satisfy the “Requirements for CHSS Majors” and fulfill the coursework listed below. Students who pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities will select one of four tracks as an area of concentration:

  • Cultural Studies*: The investigation and appreciation of the major intellectual trends of humanity, including the literature, the fine arts, politics and philosophy, and science.
  • Critical Race Studies: A program that facilitates an interdisciplinary, academic study of the way various forms of racism contribute to develop and maintain cultural, social, institutional, and legal power structures which marginalize members of various and often intersecting populations
  • Latino Studies: The Latino Studies program explores the linguistic, cultural, sociopolitical, historical, artistic, and literary elements that constitute the Latino, Hispanic, and Latin American experiences.
  • Medical Humanities: This program students approach contagion, illness, and disease and their effects on the global and local communities with a firm grounding in the insights that the humanities offer because they will be informed well about the human condition, suffering, personhood, and our relationship to ever-evolving medical and health technologies.
  • Religious Studies: The study of Western and World religions and theology as preparation for careers in ministry, pastoral counseling, non-profit work, or other faith-based professions.

*The Cultural Studies concentration is available as an online and a face-to-face degree.

The B.A. in Humanities requires 30 to 33 hours of electives, depending on the area of specialization. In selecting electives, students should make sure they choose courses that will fulfill the prerequisites for the preparatory courses and the courses in the area of concentration.

Degree Requirements

To complete a BA in Humanities, students must satisfy the “Requirements for CHSS Majors ” and fulfill the coursework listed below.

Common Core Requirements

See listing under Common Core Requirements  in this catalog.

Preparatory Requirements

(Courses in this area cannot be reused from the common core)

3 Hours in Cultural Criticism:


6-8 Hours of Foreign Language:

Complete 6-8 semester credit hours in the same foreign language. Semester credit hours are contingent upon placement exams, courses taken, or transfer credit. Semester credit hours bypassed by placement must be made up in elective credits. Hours earned in excess of three semester credit hours for any foreign language course may be applied to the elective area.

Major Requirements for Culture Concentration

(Check the catalog for prerequisites for upper-level courses. No more than 18 hours may be taken in any one discipline.)

15 Single Discipline Upper-Level Hours:

Complete 15 SCHs in a single discipline from the following list: ART, COMM, DRA, ENG, HIST, HUM, MUS, PHIL, RELS, or SPAN.

15 Upper-Level Hours:

Complete 15 SCHs from any of the following disciplines: ART, COMM, DRA, ENG, HIST, HUM, MUS, PHIL, RELS, or SPAN.

Portfolio Requirement

Free Electives

Upper or lower division courses may be applied to this area, with the exceptions described under the “Requirements for CHSS Majors ,” so that the student’s entire coursework, including the course listed in the above areas, totals 120 semester credit hours.

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