Liberal Studies

Course Description

The mission of the Humanities department is to provide students with scholarly and practical opportunities for learning about the discrete disciplines of Communications, Drama, English, the Fine Arts, History, and Philosophy. Students are also offered the opportunity to ground their undergraduate experience in an American Studies major, a History and Social Studies major, or a Liberal Studies major, as well as the Humanities Core curriculum courses. All Humanities courses seek to enact the general goal of the Humanities department to instill in the student the significance of and the means by which discrete disciplines within the Humanities interact not only with each other, but also with fields of study outside the traditional purview of the Humanities.

Learning is done with a conscious awareness of how the study of the Humanities relates to a Christian worldview.

Major Competencies

  • Graduates will use a multidisciplinary approach to learning; demonstrate sound understanding of content, methods, and interpretive perspectives within different fields in the Humanities, Religious Studies, Math, and the Natural and Social Sciences.
  • Graduates will identify connections and inter-relationships among disparate disciplines to effectively engage complex social and professional issues.
  • Graduates will think critically and collaboratively.
  • Graduates will communicate effectively in both written and oral forms.
  • Graduates will transform culture by engaging aesthetic urban contexts and communities.


Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: Liberal Arts Major

40 credits, no more than nine of which may be used to satisfy Core Studies requirements. None of these credits may be used to satisfy another major in the Humanities Department.

COMM 350 Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction 3
OR COMM 351 Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction 3
FA 300 Aesthetics 3
PHIL 201 Introduction to Philosophy 3
HUM 391 Humanities Internship 2-5
Electives from at least three of the following academic areas (total a minimum of 40 credits for the degree):
ART 100 Basic Studio Art 2
ART 250 Art Appreciation 3
EN 215 Global Literature 3
OR EN 235 Epic Literature and Mythology 3
OR EN 245 Urban Literature 3
EN 220 Understanding Drama and its Forms 3
OR EN 250 Understanding Film and its Forms 3
 EN 360 Shakespeare 3
OR EN 325 Rogues and Rebels: Survey of
Literature in English to 1815
OR EN 326 Romantics and Realists: Survey of Literature in English 1815 to Present 3
OR COMM 385 Introduction to Critical Strategies 3
COMM 450 Ethical Theory for Writing and Reading 3
FA 200 Introduction to the Arts 3
Participatory Fine Arts Elective 1-3
HIS 306 Seminar in US History 3
HIS 316 Seminiar in European History 3
HIS 321 Seminar in World History 3
HIS 370 History of the American City 3
HIS 485 Historiography 3
PHIL 300 Introduction to Ethics 3
SA 210 Fundamentals of Speech 3
SA 240 Oral Interpretation 3
BI 220 Old Testament Prophecy and the New Testament 3
OR BI 230 Major Characters of the Old Testament 3
BI 250 Life and Teachings of Jesus 3
REL 310 Religions of the World 3
OR REL 351 Christian Thought in American Culture 3
MA Math Concepts and Applications 3
BIO Biology or Physical Science w/ Lab 3-4
MA Any Math course above MA 111 3-4
Social Sciences:
EC 201 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics 2
OR EC 202 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics 2
PS 140 American Government 3
OR PSY 140 General Psychology 3
OR SOC 140 Principles of Sociology 3
PS 301 Introduction to the Law 2
PSY 300 Neuroscience and Behavior 3
OR PSY 314 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 401 History and Systems of Psychology 3
OR PSY 402 Personality Theory 3
OR PSY 411 Psychology of Religion 3
SS 351 Cultural Anthropology 3
OR SS 380 Conflict: From Theory to Action 3
SOC 340 Ethnic Relations in America 3
OR SOC 345 Social Problems and Public Policy 3
OR SOC 355 Issues in International Relations 3
OR SOC 365 Christian Social Concern 3
OR SOC 380 Contemporary Family Issues 3