Humanities courses develop understandings of diverse cultures, ideas, and values by emphasizing social context and historical process. Course topics are organized thematically and faculty are drawn from multiple academic disciplines, including literature, philosophy, history, ethnic studies, science and technology studies, American studies, and area studies. Humanities courses aim to develop students’ abilities to interpret complex written and visual texts, as a strategy for understanding the philosophical, social, and political issues that have significantly shaped human life.

The liberal arts requirements for humanities (HUMN-200 and 201) are intermediate-level courses that form a bridge between the English Composition sequence (100-level) and the Critical Theory sequence (300-level). Humanities 200 courses include a thematic or regional emphasis, and date from antiquity through 1500. Humanities 201 courses explore the emergence of the modern era from a global perspective (post-1500). These courses enhance analytic skill and develop oral and written expression to prepare students for advanced work. Prerequisites include English Composition A and English Composition B.