Overview

Are you curious about the cultural evolution of mankind? Do you see yourself as a leader who can shape social policy? As a humanities major at SMWC, you’ll explore the vast skyline of humanity and become an effective leader in today’s complex and evolving world.

As a humanities major, you can:

  • choose humanities courses in the order that you wish, in consultation with your adviser
  • have freedom to choose from many electives in the humanities and other areas
  • also major or minor in another field, or take courses to develop personal interests or professional skills
  • have close relationships with faculty from a number of different academic areas
  • open the door to professional advancement and career opportunities
  • learn about literature, history, philosophy and theology
  • sharpen your critical and creative and communication skills
  • strengthen your research and organizational skills
  • develop sensitivity to your own interests and the interests of others, so that you can work with people in large and small groups
  • enrich your learning by participating in activities related to your interests, including singing, writing and publications, theatre and art
Major

A baccalaureate degree at SMWC requires at least 125 credit hours. Humanities majors are required to complete 39 credit hours.

Required Courses

24 credit hours required. Courses applied toward this major cannot be applied to general study requirements. Students majoring or minoring in history, literature, philosophy, or theology must choose an area of concentration different from the second major or minor.

HU 200 Introduction to the Humanities
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Introduction to the Humanities focuses on the study and appreciation of representative examples of visual and performing arts, literature, music, and religion of various world cultures. The exploration of interrelationships of the arts and their philosophies emphasizes the nature of humankind and the need to create.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 249 Art History I: Prehistoric to Renaissance
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Surveys the history of art beginning with the Prehistoric period and covers all of the major movements up to the Renaissance period. The course concentrates on the artists, the philosophies and events of the time periods. Campus/ WOL: Fall, even years.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BI/EV 100 Environmental Concerns
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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For the student interested in environmental issues, this course is an introduction to questions related to the environment. Ecosystems and the human impact on ecosystems as population density increases will be included. Different kinds of environmental damage and their problems will be discussed as well as peace and justice issues in the environmental arena.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN 222 Literature and Myth
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Study of literature from a variety of cultures and in a variety of forms with an emphasis on myths. Students explore the value of creative expression in a society to develop an appreciation of the process of creation and to foster personal principles for judging creative expression. Fulfills general studies requirement. Satisfies English Education major/ elective.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HI 331 World Civilizations I
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Survey of the origins of the human race from a global perspective beginning with prehistoric times through the 1500s. The course stresses the framework of the political history of the world during this time, as well as the character and dynamics of different civilizations. The interrelationship of the political, social, economic, artistic and intellectual life of various cultures is developed. As needed.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PH 320 Ethics
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Study of problems of morality designed to help the student deal effectively with the conflicts and controversies of contemporary times.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
TH 305 Introduction to World Religions
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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An introductory level study of the history, beliefs, and practices of major world religions. The course takes a comparative approach in order to facilitate an understanding of how the various world religions have their own unique beliefs, practices, and worldviews. The course includes a brief section on the philosophy of religion.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HU 400 Advanced Study of the Humanities
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This class represents intensive scrutiny of a representative range of subject areas, such as visual and performing arts, literature, music, philosophy, and religion of various world cultures. Students will intensely explore an area of choice from the above topics and work with the instructor to produce a major paper or other suitable capstone project.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Track

(15 credit hours)
Students are required to take a track of 15 credit hours in one of two areas: the Arts or General Humanities.

Arts Track

15 Credit hours required. Students have the choice between AD200 OR MU200

AD 200 Studies in the Visual Arts
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies the development of formal and contextual criteria leading to an understanding of the visual language of art and its application to personal, societal, cultural and aesthetic concerns. Provides a knowledge base of information and visual literacy skills necessary for informed critical analysis, discussion, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts. Fulfills General Studies requirement. Campus: Fall and Spring, every year. WOL: Fall, Spring and Summer, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
MU 200 American Music: From Jamestown to James Brown and Beyond
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course introduces students to a rich and diverse history of American popular music. Students will listen critically to both recorded and live music, discussing and writing about the music itself and about its cultural and historical content and significance. Fulfills Woods Core requirement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 242 Film & Creative Expression
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies film history and creative techniques with an emphasis on the connections between film and culture, trends, and developments in US and world films. Spring, odd years.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
AD 250 Art History II: Renaissance to Contemporary
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Surveys the history of art beginning with the Renaissance period and covers all of the major movements up to contemporary art. The course concentrates on the artists, the philosophies and events of the time periods. Campus/WOL: Spring, odd years.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN/TA 343 Modern Dramatic Literature
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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In-depth study of selected masterpieces in modern drama, from the great realist works of Ibsen and Chekhov to the selected realism of Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams. The effect of avant-garde movements, such as Absurdism and Expressionism, on the theatre will be studied in detail.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
TA 213 Introduction to Theatre
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Course introduces the student to many facets of theatre: directing, acting, technical aspects, literature and history. Students also attend and critique a variety of plays. Fall, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

General Humanities Track

15 Credit hours required among General Humanities.

EN 353 Women Writers
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Explores the works of women writers as perceptive recorders of the human experience through their art. Satisfies Women’s Studies minor requirements.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN 450 Modern World Literature
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies fiction, poetry, and drama from Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America of significant writers to evaluate the relationship of place and author, the effect of political and social realities on the themes and styles of authors, to compare and contrast world authors with those from the United States.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
GO 340 Comparative Politics
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Examines divergent governmental systems to gain an understanding of the various patterns of decision making in the world today and to evaluate the viability of alternative political processes. Emphasizes the relationship between politics, constitutions and foreign policy considerations in the determination of governmental action. As needed.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HI 332 World Civilizations II
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Survey of various world civilizations beginning with the 1600s and concluding with the present time. Emphasis is given to evolving cross-cultural influences, the evolution of power politics, rise of capitalism and imperialism, the socialist, fascist and Marxist revolutionary movements and the dynamics of the modern Third World. Fall, even years.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
SO 324 Racial and Cultural Minorities
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies interracial and interethnic relations, prejudice, discrimination and the changing nature of contacts and problems generated between groups within the social institutions of multiethnic societies. The primary focus is the U.S., with use made of comparative material from several societies. Fall, even years. Prerequisite: SO 211 or consent of instructor.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Career Paths

As a humanities major at The Woods, you’ll gain unlimited understanding of the world with a profoundly marketable degree that opens up many paths for careers and graduate study. Humanities majors consistently perform in the top tier on all graduate-level tests, such as:

  • Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
  • Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
  • Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT)
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Many students who pursue humanities find their niche in:

  • Law: family law, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Healthcare: program directors, pharmaceutical companies
  • Education: teaching, higher education administration
  • Public Relations: advertising, development, media
  • Government: consumer affairs, travel, tourism

As a humanities major, you’ll analyze entire generations of leaders and visionaries. You’ll use your broad skillset to make well-informed decisions and develop creative solutions that make an impact in the world.