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Humanities Minor

The humanities minor provides you with an opportunity to study the humanities through a discipline-based, interdisciplinary or topically focused approach.

Discipline-based options (examples)

  • History
  • Literature

Interdisciplinary options (examples)

  • Twentieth-century studies
  • American studies
  • Western studies

Topical options (examples)

  • Studies in democracy
  • Peace studies
  • Women's studies

Coursework & Duration


Course Number Course Name Credits
WR 101 Writing and Rhetoric I 3 credits

Elective Courses

Courses at or above the 200 level from the department’s course offerings may be used for this minor. One of the Intellectual Heritage courses may apply to the humanities minor. All courses applicable to the humanities minor must be preapproved by the chair of the Department of Humanities.

Requirements & Expectations

General Requirements

  • Interested students should apply to minor program early in their academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of their last year of didactic work.
  • According to the University policy, a student must have the approval of his/her academic advisor in order to apply for a minor.
  • No more than 6 credits may be transferred from another institution. The department chair will determine transferability.

The program consists of 18 credits of approved humanities coursework. Of these 18 credits, a minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum.

The optional capstone course in the program is HU498 Directed Study in the Humanities. Qualified candidates for the humanities minor will be invited to summarize their research in an oral report to the department faculty.


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