The Humanities Major is an interdisciplinary program designed for students who wish to concentrate in more than one field or discipline. The major leads to a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree and offers considerable flexibility, but courses should be chosen in consultation with your primary advisor. 

All majors take the 12-credit hour Introduction to Humanities sequence, along with a 3-credit hour Methods and Approaches to the Humanities course. After completing these courses you will complete 15 more upper-division credit hours in humanities, as well as 18 credit hours in a primary area of concentration, and 12 credit hours in a secondary area of concentration. Areas of concentration include a humanities-related discipline or a single language and its literature. 

Students interested in preparing for graduate work in comparative literature or other areas requiring extensive language training may want to select the language track option. Additional information is available at our website: http://humanities.colorado.edu.

As an interdisciplinary program, Humanities is committed to a profoundly comparative perspective enabling students and teachers to bring together not only different arts and disciplines, but also works drawn from diverse eras and cultures. The program will help you develop an understanding of complex works of human expression through analysis of the style, structure, and cultural context; gain habits of analysis and critical thinking; sharpen your expression of clear thought both in writing and speech; and expand your sense of human history by recognizing meaningful connections between past and present. 

Many professions favor students with the background provided by the Humanities Major. Courses provide cross-disciplinary experiences that encourage students to think both expansively and precisely about social, aesthetic, historical, and ethical issues. In addition, majors develop the ability to articulate ideas clearly both in writing and speech.

Humanities graduates have gone into positions in business, education, government, industry, international relations, media, social services, and the performing arts. A major in Humanities also provides a fine preprofessional background for students who plan to go to graduate school or into health sciences, law school, library sciences, or public administration.

Career Services (www.colorado.edu/career) helps students discover who they are, what they want to do, and how to get there. They are the bridge between academics and the world of work. 

Career Services offers free services for all CU-Boulder degree-seeking students, and alumni up to one year after graduation. Meet individually the staff to discuss major and career exploration, internship or job searching, and graduate school preparation.

Majors have the option to seek honors in Humanities, which results in the designation of cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude at graduation. Honors work involves a senior honors thesis.  Look into this program early, as it involves securing a faculty sponsor and developing an individual project.  

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) offers students a chance to work alongside a faculty sponsor on original research. Learn to write proposals, conduct research, pursue creative work, analyze data, and present the results. For more information, call UROP at 303-492-2596, or view the website at: http://enrichment.colorado.edu/urop/.

You may want to consider study abroad at some point during your years as a Humanities Major. Study abroad provides you with the opportunity to study, live, and travel in a foreign country from a few weeks to an academic year, depending on the program selected. The university offers more than 100 programs throughout the world. You may earn credit that counts as if you had taken courses here, in some cases fulfilling major and core requirements.  For more information, call the Office of International Education at 303-492-7741, or stop by the Center for Community, or visit the web at: http://studyabroad.colorado.edu/.

Please speak with your advisor for specific recommendations; the following is intended to be a general outline only and there may be flexibility to this plan.
 

Humanities 4-Year Plan
Average 30 credits per year.

 

First Year – Fall Semester
HUMN 1110
(3) Intro to Humanities: Literature 1
HUMN 1210 (3) Intro to Humanities: Art & Music 1
CORE (4): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science with lab)  
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Lower Division Written Communication)
Elective/MAPS (3)

First Year – Spring Semester
HUMN 1120
(3) Intro to Humanities: Literature 2
HUMN 1220 (3) Intro to Humanities: Art & Music 2
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Quantitative Reasoning & Mathematic Skills)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science  http://www.colorado.edu/artsandsciences/student-resources/core-curriculum/natural-science)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Second Year – Fall Semester
HUMN 2000
(3) Methods & Approaches to the Humanities
Humanities (3) Area of Emphasis 1
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Human Diversity)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Second Year – Spring Semester
HUMN
(3): Upper-division course
Humanities (3) Area of Emphasis 1
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: US Context)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Third Year – Fall Semester
HUMN
(3): Upper-division course
Humanities (3) Area of Emphasis 1 (Upper-Division)
Humanities (3) Area of Emphasis 2
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Upper-Division Written Communication)
Elective (3): Upper-Division

Third Year – Spring Semester
Humanities
(3) Area of Emphasis 1 (Upper-Division)
Humanities (3) Area of Emphasis 2
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Ideals and Values)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Contemporary Societies)
Elective (3): Upper-Division


Fourth Year – Fall Semester
Humanities
(3) Area of Emphasis 1 (Upper-Division)
Humanities (3) Area of Emphasis 2
HUMN (3): Upper-division course
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Historical Context)
Elective (3): Upper-Division

Fourth Year – Spring Semester
Humanities
(3) Area of Emphasis 1 (Upper-Division)
Humanities (3) Area of Emphasis 2
HUMN (3): Upper-division course
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3): Upper-Division