Course Details

Humanities, Bachelor of Arts

120 credits

The Humanities major enables students to explore a wide range of interrelated areas of study, while embracing broad cultural and international perspectives. Majors can choose to focus their studies in one of three areas: The Americas, Medieval and Renaissance, The World, or they can create their own contract. Students are encouraged to explore boldly, to work independently and in groups, to think critically, and to learn to communicate effectively. Humanities majors are well prepared for careers in, for example, art, business, foreign service, history, journalism, and law. The ability to develop observations and analyze interconnected ideas from several areas is an essential requirement in these professions, and employers highly value the skills of analysis, interpretation, and effective communication found in Humanities majors.

This BA program is designed to include the study of seven academic Humanities disciplines: Art History, Foreign Languages, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, and Theatre. In addition to the General Education requirements of the University, Humanities major are required to fulfill the following:

Distribution requirement: 18 credits; six credits each (two courses) in three of the following disciplines: Anthropology, Art History, English, Foreign Languages (beyond the BA foreign language requirement), History, Music, Philosophy, and Theatre. Courses must be approved by the Humanities advisor.

Focus requirement: nine credits of preferably upper-level courses that are geared to the topic of the Humanities capstone experience of the one-year Senior Project; three courses from one Focus area. These courses are decided in conjunction with the student and the Chair of the Humanities Council. The Focus is selected from the following:

• The Americas
• Medieval and Renaissance
• The World (International)
• Contract for a self-designed program, approved by the Humanities Council Chair. The nine credits may be chosen from all disciplines offered at PSU, based on the consent of the Humanities advisor and the Humanities Council.

Senior Project: six credits of independent research and writing, supervised by member(s) of the Humanities Council and approved by the Council. The project is presented to the Council as the culminating project in the degree program. It is designed with the student’s academic interests in mind.

Foreign Language: six credits beyond the University foreign language requirement for a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students may fulfill the Humanities requirement by taking six additional credits of university level foreign language, preferably in the same foreign language that fulfills the BA language requirement, or by demonstrating intermediate/advanced proficiency in a language other than English (adequacy determined and attested to by the Languages and Linguistics member of the Council). This requirement is different from the foreign language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

An internship and/or study abroad experience is recommended but not required. All courses taken abroad must be approved in advance. All transfer policies and procedures must be followed if students want to receive credit for these experiences (see Transferring Courses to Plymouth).

A minimum of 23 credits in the major must be at the 3000/4000 level. To insure the opportunity for students to pursue in depth a single discipline in addition to their fulfillment of the Distribution requirements, students may also minor in any of the Humanities disciplines.

Degree Requirements


HU 4010 Senior Project I 3
HU 4022 Senior Project II 3
CM 3090 Technical Communication (TECO) (WRCO) 3
Foreign Language for BA degree (GACO) 8
Foreign Language for Humanities major 6
Distribution courses (two courses in each of three Humanities disciplines) 18
Focus courses (three courses from one Focus area) 9
Quantitative Reasoning in the Discipline Connection - complete one of the following: 3
LL 2000 Introduction to Language and Linguistics (QRCO)
PY 2310 Elements of Logic (QRCO)
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
DICO Diversity Connection 3
INCO Integration Connection 3
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Electives 25-23

The foreign language requirement for all BA degrees calls for 0-8 credits: one year of one language (6-8 credits); or one 3000/4000 level world language course (3 credits); or being a native speaker of a language other than English (zero credit). American Sign Language I and II fulfill this requirement; however, American Sign Language does not satisfy the Global Awareness Connection.

Distribution and Focus Courses
The following courses may be taken to satisfy the Distribution and Focus requirements. One course may satisfy either the Distribution requirement or the Focus requirement, but not both. Courses other than those listed may be taken with the approval of the Humanities Council advisor, the Humanities Council Chair, and the Undergraduate Studies Office, prior to enrolling in the course. The numbers in brackets following the course title are keyed to the Focus areas:
[1] The Americas
[2] Medieval and Renaissance
[3] The World
[1] The Americas
AH 2700 20/21: Art Since 1900 (WRCO) [1,3] 3
AH 3100 Contemporary Art Seminar (INCO) [1,3] 3
AH 3540 Art and Ideas in the 19th Century (GACO) (INCO) [1,3] 3
AH 3600 Arts of the United States (DICO) [1] 3
AH 3750 Women, Art, and Society (DICO) [1,2,3] 3
AN 3040 Mexican Prehistory [1,3] 3
AN 3050 Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean [1,3] 3
AN 3200 Anthropology of Religion, Ritual, and Myth [1,2,3] 3
AN 3300 North American Prehistory [1] 3
AN 3410 Natives of North America [1] 3
EN 3450 Women Writers [1,3] 3
EN 3590 The Filmmaker's Vision: An Introduction to Film Analysis [1,3] 3
EN 3710 Currents in American Literature I (DICO) [1] 3
EN 3720 Currents in American Literature II (DICO) [1] 3
EN 4800 Single Author [1,2,3] 3
FR 3130 Advanced French Composition (WRCO) [1,3] 3
FR 3410 Quebec Culture and Literature [1,3] 3
FR 4200 Seminar in French [1,3] 3
HI 2020 Surveying Themes in United States History [1] 3
HI 3115 Early American Society to 1776 (DICO) (WRCO) [1] 3
HI 3116 Revolutionary America, 1763-1815 [1] 3
HI 3140 Antebellum America, 1815-1860 (DICO) (INCO) [1] 3
HI 3150 American Civil War and Reconstruction (WRCO) [1] 3
HI 3335 New Hampshire and New England Historical Sites [1] 3
HI 3340 New Hampshire and New England History (WRCO) [1] 3
HI 3350 American Women's History (DICO) [1] 3
HI 3352 African-American History (DICO) [1] 3
HI 3354 Health and Illness in American History (WECO) [1] 3
HI 3356 American Ideas (INCO) [1] 3
HI 3520 The Great Depression in Film, Print, and on Stage (DICO) (INCO) (WRCO) [1] 3
HI 3530 US Home Fronts: The 1940s and 1950s (DICO) (WRCO) [1] 3
HI 3810 Topics in US History [1,2,3] 3
MU 3250 Global Jazz (DICO) (GACO) [1,3] 3
MU 3320 History and Literature of Music II (INCO) (WRCO) [1,3] 3
MU 4340 20th Century Music [1,3] 3
PY 3120 History of Philosophy II: Modern (INCO) [1,3] 3
PY 3160 History of Philosophy III: Contemporary (INCO) [1,3] 3
PY 3540 Philosophy of Religion (INCO) [1,2,3] 3
PY 4770 Great Philosophers Seminar (WRCO) [1,2,3] 3
SP 2030 Intermediate Spanish I (DICO) (GACO) [1,3] 3
SP 2040 Intermediate Spanish II (DICO) (GACO) [1,3] 3
SP 3120 Spanish Culture and Civilization [1,3] 3
SP 3140 Spanish American Culture and Civilization [1] 3
SP 3250 Ibero-American Women in Literature, Art, and Film [1,3] 3
TH 2230 American Musical Theatre (DICO) (WRCO) [1] 3
TH 2960 World Drama [1,2,3] 3
TH 3930 American Drama (DICO) (WRCO) [1] 3
[2] Medieval and Renaissance
AH 3730 Renaissance Art in Southern Europe (GACO) (INCO) [2,3] 3
AN 3030 Ancient Egypt - Land of the Pharaohs [2] 3
AN 3220 Anthropology of Europe [2,3] 3
EN 3611 Currents in British Literature I (INCO) 3
EN 4015 The Medieval Cult of the Saints (INCO) (WRCO) 3
HI 2005 Ancient and Medieval Civilizations [2] 3
MU 3310 History and Literature of Music I [2] 3
PY 2630 The Concept of Death [2,3] 3
PY 3110 History of Philosophy I: Ancient (INCO) [2] 3
PY 3140 Medieval Philosophy [2] 3
TH 4510 Theatre History I [2,3] 3
[3] The World: Europe
EN 3510 Currents in Global Literature (GACO) [3] 3
EN 3611 Currents in British Literature I (INCO) [3] 3
EN 3620 Currents in British Literature II [3] 3
FR 2030 Intermediate French I (DICO) (GACO) [3] 3
FR 2040 Intermediate French II (DICO) (GACO) [3] 3
FR 3010 French History and Civilization [3] 3
FR 3020 French Culture and Conversation [3] 3
FR 3030 Advanced French (GACO) (TECO) [3] 3
FR 3150 French for Business [3] 3
FR 3210 Readings in French I [3] 3
FR 3220 Readings in French II [3] 3
GR 2030 Intermediate German I (GACO) [3] 3
GR 2040 Intermediate German II (GACO) [3] 3
GR 3010 Advanced German I [3] 3
GR 3020 Advanced German II [3] 3
HI 2015 Monarchs to Modernity: Europe Since 1492 [3] 3
HI 3460 The British Empire in World History (GACO) [3] 3
HI 3480 The French Revolution and Napoleonic Era, 1789-1815 (GACO) [3] 3
SP 3030 Advanced Spanish (GACO) (TECO) [3] 3
SP 4500 Spanish Seminar [3] 3
TH 4520 Theatre History II [3] 3
[3] The World: Asia/Global
AH 3530 Arts of the Far East (GACO) (INCO) [3] 3
AN 3190 Anthropology of the Pacific [3] 3
AN 3400 Anthropology of Sub-Saharan Africa [3] 3
EN 3295 Postcolonial Literature (GACO) [3] 3
HI 2010 World History Since 1500 (GACO) [3] 3
HI 2710 History of Asian Cultures [3] 3
HI 3730 Modern History of East Asia (GACO) [3] 3
HI 3740 History of Japan (GACO) [3] 3
HI 3750 History of Modern China (GACO) [3] 3
HI 3760 History of Southeast Asia (GACO) [3] 3
HI 3765 India and the World (GACO) (INCO) [3] 3
HI 3820 Topics in World History (GACO) [3] 3
HI 3828 Women and Global Colonialism (GACO) [3] 3
HI 3835 Sex and Empire in Colonial India (GACO) [3] 3

*All course information is from the 2014-2015 Catalog.