Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Humanities Overview

Are you passionate about exploring the human experience, examining the world around us through critical analysis and engaging in meaningful dialogue about culture and society? Then a humanities degree from SMWC is right for you. Our degree programs provide the flexibility to lead you to the career of your dreams. With your professional advisors helping you along the way, you can mix and match majors and minors to get the perfect degree tailored to you and your career aspirations. Plus, you’ll graduate with a strong foundation in liberal arts.

The humanities program at SMWC focuses on critical theory, world religions and world civilizations. The program is designed to help you develop a broad understanding of the world by studying literature, philosophy, history and other disciplines that shape our understanding of the human experience. Throughout the program, you will analyze generational differences among world leaders and visionaries.

After earning your degree, you will have all the skills to prepare you for graduate-level tests, such as:
Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT)
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)


What is humanities?
Studying humanities means analyzing and reviewing studies of the human world, cultures and society from critical perspectives. This can include studies of law, religion, literacy and language arts, history and more.

Why get a degree in humanities?
Earning your humanities degree from SMWC will guarantee you various experiences to take into the professional world. While studying humanities, you will gain skills in creative thinking, problem-solving, communication and building connections.

What can you do with a degree in humanities?
In addition to being prepared to take graduate-level tests, many students who study humanities find their professional passion in the following fields:

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

Check out our blog: 10 careers you can have with a degree in humanities

What is the average annual salary of someone with a humanities degree?
Although every career can be different, studies from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that liberal arts and humanities degrees appeal to employers. The average annual salary for someone with a humanities degree is $45,919, according to

What support and resources are provided at SMWC?
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides exceptional, personalized learning resource services to encourage student success. The LRC offers various academic support services, including a writing center, tutoring, college success courses and more.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is routinely ranked by US News and World Report among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest and the Best Value Schools. Our departments are also routinely ranked for their individual degree programs.
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