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Humanities, Cultures, and Languages


Sample Classes You Might Take:

  • The Study of Words
  • Introduction to Hip Hop Studies
  • America Through Baseball
  • Human Rights: A Historical Perspective
  • Global Issues and International Affairs
  • Cultural Difference through Hispanic Literature
  • Religions of East Asia
  • Screening India: A History of Bollywood Cinema
  • Classics of the Foreign Film: 1960s to Present
  • That's Amore: Introduction to Italian Culture
  • Peoples of the South Pacific

"I have always had an interest in the different cultures and languages throughout the world. CU-Boulder’s anthropology department is one of the best in the nation. We have faculty from all over the world who do their field studies in many countries all over the world as well. They are then able to apply the things that they learn in the field to their lectures and teach their students all about it. It’s like we’re doing the cultural studies with them, and travelling with them as well. The majority of the information that professors are teaching you is first hand, and they are experiences that they probably had on their last cultural study or excavation."

- Morgan Piper, Anthropology

…oh my! “What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty-mist of the dusky dusk?” If you want to figure out how to translate this line from The Wizard of Oz into Mandarin or Slavonic, then languages are for you. If you want to understand the significance and influence of elephants in human folklore, then a study of cultures (anthropology? sociology?) is for you. If you want to learn how to write cool works like The Wizard of Oz, then humanities is for you.

At CU-Boulder...

  • Studying abroad is a must for students interested in the humanities, cultures, and languages. The Study Abroad program is one of the most challenging and rewarding adventures you'll experience. On your return, you'll have a better understanding of the world, of the United States and of yourself. There are a variety of programs to explore, from studying reef ecology in Australia to social change in France. 
  • The Global Studies Residential Academic Program (G-RAP) and Sewall Residential Academic Program (SRAP) are two of the Residential Academic Programs available at CU-Boulder that provide students with a shared learning and living experience in a community setting. G-RAP features classes and programs with a global focus for freshmen pursuing international interests. SRAP is a co-educational program for first-year students with an interest in the study of history and culture.

  • The humanities major is the only program in the College of Arts and Sciences that allows students to develop a personalized course of study that combines coursework in literature, the arts, history, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, literary and cultural theory, sociology, politics – to name a few of the areas our students have pursued.

Programs and Majors

College of Arts and Sciences

Art History
Asian Languages and Civilizations
Asian Studies
Ethnic Studies
Film Studies
German Studies
International Affairs
Jewish Studies
Open Option
Political Science
Religious Studies
Russian Studies
Women and Gender Studies


Minor in Chinese, Classics, Creative Writing, Ethnic Studies, French, German, Nordic, History, Italian, Japanese, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Portuguese, Religious Studies, Russian, Theatre or Women and Gender Studies

Certificates in British & Irish Studies; Central & Eastern European Studies; Foundations of Western Civilization; INVST Community Studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Studies; Medieval and Early Modern Studies; Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies; Peace and Conflict Studies; South Asian Languages and Civilizations; Western American Studies

Additional language couses in Arabic, Farsi, Korean, and Hindi

School of Education

Teacher Licensure - Secondary (English, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Russian, Science, Social Studies, Spanish)