Humanities

HUMANITIES UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

Humanities majors develop courses of study that often take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human culture involving its art, literature, history, psychology, and social dimensions. It often begins with studies focusing on the classical world and moves through human history into the modern age.

An emphasis is placed on the utilization of critical thinking skills and the development of articulate expression of ideas both verbally and in written form. The Humanities degree is ideal for you if you want the flexibility to design your own program of study that will help you meet your academic and career goals. 

RELATED FIELDS

  • Art
  • English
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Women’s Studies

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PROGRAM OF STUDY

Humanities Major Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities provides students with a broad critical and cultural understanding of world cultures and civilization, while at the same time emphasizing the writing and analytical skills that are crucial to success in the university, in professional and graduate school, and in the workplace.

The program of study is flexible and allows Humanities majors to design their own program of study based on their intellectual interests and career goals.

Students provide the academic and career goal, and their advisor helps ensure that their program of study includes any prerequisites for the 300-400 level major course work, satisfies the university’s general education requirements, and meets any additional requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

A general studies program can be organized according to two general plans:
Plan A: Complete 24 credits in a primary concentration and 15 credits in a secondary concentration.
Plan B: Complete a minimum of nine credits in three or more academic areas in the Humanities

The areas of primary and secondary concentrations can draw from the following disciplines:

Humanities Minor Requirements

The humanities minor is particularly appropriate for communication students with international interests, foreign languages majors seeking to broaden their studies beyond their major language, and history and business majors with interests in international arts and literature.  The student must complete a minimum of 18 hours in courses listed under “Humanities” of which at least half must be 300-400-level taken in residence at WSU or through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses.

 

https://catalog.wsu.edu/Pullman/Academics/Minor/273

FRESHMAN

While the majority of students’ courses and credits are completed within the major, the UCORE curriculum provides courses that are the foundation basic skills that all WSU students must develop no matter their major.

The University Common Requirements (UCORE) is the center of the undergraduate curriculum and you will start taking these courses starting your first semester at WSU Tri-Cities. If you took AP, IB, or Running Start courses in high school, then you may already have met some of the requirements.

The UCORE curriculum is designed to be flexible enough to work for all majors. The program offers a wide variety of course choices and provides many individual pathways through the curriculum.

Not admitted yet? Talk with an Admissions Counselor to learn how easy it is to apply.

TRANSFER

Transfer students who have completed an approved Associate of Arts and Science (DTA) degree at a Washington or Oregon community college will have fulfilled most of the lower-division UCORE requirements. Because students have to also meet the College of Arts & Sciences requirements, some students must take additional courses in a foreign language in order to complete the degree. Otherwise, transfer students will have their transcripts evaluated for UCORE requirements.

Use the transfer credit equivalency guide to learn how your credits will transfer.

If you are currently enrolled at Columbia Basin College and intend to transfer to WSU Tri-Cities, then check out our Bridges Program that provides a direct academic path.

Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, must complete a minimum of 30 credits of WSU coursework and fill the major requirements to earn a second degree. UCORE requirements are not required as they are met by coursework from the first bachelor’s degree.

Not admitted yet? Talk with an Admissions Counselor to learn how easy it is to apply.

STUDENT SUCCESS

ndergraduate advising is a partnership between you, your professional advisor, and your faculty mentor and it goes beyond course selection. Whether you plan to enter the workforce or continue on to earn an advanced degree, your academic advisors and professional mentors will guide you toward that goal. This holistic approach ensures that you are engaged in your academic plan, connected to the campus community and resources, and earn your degree as efficiently as possible.

Meet your advisor and get started on your academic path.

INTERNSHIPS

Liberal Arts Internship Programs offer an individualized, hands-on experience and is an ideal way to gain new skills and build your resume to stand out to potential employers.  Internships serve as a way to apply your classroom knowledge to real-world problem solving and projects.

Prior to completing an online internship packet [link], you are required to meet with your faculty supervisor and the department’s faculty internship coordinator to discuss your internship project.   Once your online internship packet is approved, the packet will be submitted to your Academic Advisor, who will provide you with permission to self-enroll in the course.

CAREERS

Humanities majors develop critical thinking and writing skills that are translatable to a number of careers and the Career Development Office offers workshops on how to develop a job search strategy, write a compelling résumé and cover letter, and sharpen your interview skills – all of which will help you land a job in today’s competitive market.

The Career Development Office also posts on- and off-campus positions for student employees. They also work with students to identify internships, cooperative work experience, and a career opportunities for after graduation.

See how you can become career-ready with a major in Humanities.

Michael Pieracci

E. Michael Pieracci

Professor

Dr. Pieracci has taught at WSU Tri-Cities since 1991. His multi-disciplinary interests are evidenced by his teaching over 30 different course titles in Humanities, Psychology, History, and Sociology while at WSU Tri-Cities. In addition to his teaching duties, he is Coordinator of the Religious Studies Program that is offered through the Humanities Degree Program.