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College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Humanities Majors

Major - B.A. Humanities

We offer two degrees:

  • Humanities: History of Culture

  • Religion & Culture

 

The two degrees 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.

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

At a minimum, students should have successfully completed at least two lower division (100 or 200 level) HUMA (Humanities) or REL (Religion) courses by the middle of their junior year, and before taking HUMA 302, which is ordinarily offered only in spring quarter. REL 231 should be taken as soon as possible. And REL 303 should ideally be taken before the end of the junior year, and is, generally offered in winter quarter only. HUMA 302 is prerequisite to the department’s senior seminars (HUMA 421, HUMA 422, HUMA 423, REL 424, HUMA 425, REL 428, HUMA 490, and REL 490). It is also recommended that students undertake study of a language other than English concurrently with the major.

For information or advisement, contact the Global Humanities and Religions Office.

Humanities: History of Culture

63-66 credits 

The humanities include the disciplines which study philosophy, religion, history, literature, and the arts.  The B.A. in Humanities: History of Culture serves students who want to major in more than one Humanities discipline, using interdisciplinary methods of investigation.

The department supports study of cultural history on a global level, including Europe and the Americas, China, Japan, South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and predominantly Islamic areas. Its courses give attention to historical development and cross-cultural interaction, both in the past and in the modern period. Students learn to analyze individual works of the humanities and to relate them to social and cultural developments. The department’s curriculum includes some courses called “Humanities” (HUMA) and others called “Religion” (REL).

The small size of classes and seminars in the Humanities: History of Culture B.A. program encourages close relationships between student and faculty. Working closely with faculty, students learn to formulate problems clearly, to consider and evaluate different methods and concepts, to do efficient and thorough research, and to write clearly, concisely, and effectively, culminating in work in rigorous senior seminars, with the option of writing and individually advised senior thesis.

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

Policy for Senior Thesis Sequence:  PDF icon HUMA 498 & 499 Department Policy 

Advisor - Humanities: History of Culture

Professor Seán Murphy - Not teaching fall 2020
Bond Hall 160 
Phone: 360-650-4870
 
Interim Advisor Fall 2020 - Professor Kimberly Lynn
Phone: 360-650-4869
E-Mail: Kimberly.Lynn@wwu.edu 

 

 

Religion and Culture

60 - 66 credits

The B.A. in Religion and Culture provides scholarly, critical, nonsectarian 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 degree program includes a broad survey of several world civilizations as a basis for understanding their religious traditions, both as they developed historically and with their modern interactions and changes. Students study the origin, history, and methods of the academic study of religion. They are introduced to methodological issues in the study of religion, and learn to use methods appropriate to different kinds of problems. The department’s curriculum includes some courses called “Humanities” (HUMA) and others called “Religion” (REL).

The small size of classes and seminars in the Religion and Culture B.A. program encourages close relationships between student and faculty. Working closely with faculty, students learn to formulate problems clearly, to consider and evaluate different methods and concepts, to do efficient and thorough research, and to write clearly, concisely, and effectively, culminating in work in rigorous senior seminars, with the option of writing and individually advised senior thesis.

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

Policy for Senior Thesis Sequence:  PDF icon REL 498 & 499 Department Policy

Advisor - Religion and Culture

Professor Holly Folk
Bond Hall 158
Phone: 360-650-6875
E-Mail: Holly.Folk@wwu.edu 
Fall 2020 Office Hours:  Available for advising via email, phone, or video chat.  Please schedule an appointment via email.