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Humanities Major Requirements and Undergraduate Program Options

Humanities programs are available at the associate's and bachelor's degree levels. While these programs usually take a multidisciplinary approach to the examination of human culture, art and society, they are also tailored to each student's needs.

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Essential Information

Students in the associate's or bachelor's degree programs may choose specializations like natural sciences, social sciences, communications or art. Graduates of associate's programs may transfer their credits towards a bachelor's degree, while students who complete a bachelor's program may go on to pursue master's degrees or professional education.


Associate of Arts in the Humanities

Associate's programs in the humanities are offered by most community colleges, and may be completed in two years for full-time students. The program is commonly chosen by students who plan to transfer into a humanities-related field at the baccalaureate level. Enrollment criteria for community colleges generally include completion of the high school diploma. Humanities programs are almost always open-enrollment with few, if any, additional requirements.

Most associate's degree programs in the humanities may be highly customized by the student, who may select from a wide range of electives to fulfill course requirements. Common courses include:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • History and art history
  • Ancient civilizations and anthropology

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Bachelor of Arts in the Humanities

A baccalaureate degree in the humanities provides a solid liberal arts background and allows students great flexibility in tailoring their coursework. Some programs may require a student to specialize in a specific area, such as social sciences, fine arts or communications. Humanities programs of study are open to all students admitted to the educational institution. Admissions requirements vary, but normally require a high school diploma and potentially minimum test scores on ACT or SAT examinations.

A wide variety of courses are normally available for students enrolled in humanities courses, from literature to environmental science. Topics frequently include:

  • Rhetoric
  • Ethics
  • Communication
  • Mythology and culture
  • Economics
  • Western civilization and archaeology

Career Options

Graduates of humanities bachelor's degree programs generally have solid analytical and writing skills that prepare them for entry-level business or art careers in many areas. Positions may be available in the following areas:

  • Publishing
  • Interpreting and translating
  • Business management
  • Local, state or federal government
  • Libraries
  • Human service agencies
  • Art museums
  • International aid agencies

Continuing Education

Graduates who have bachelor's degrees in the humanities may pursue higher education in a specific social science or professional career, such as journalism or law. Other options include linguistics, performing arts or religious studies.

Associate's and bachelor's degree programs are available for humanities majors. Graduates can pursue a wide-range of careers depending on their goals and program specializations, as well as further education.

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