Customize your program of study.
The core of the humanities program consists of a sequence of six special courses called
the "World Courses." These courses are devoted to the study of major works in the
formation of the West and each is given by faculty from the several participating
departments in the humanities. Any three of these courses are required: the Ancient
World, the Medieval World, the Renaissance World, the Baroque World, the Modern World,
and the Recent World.
In support of the core, customize the remainder of your program around either one
or two concentrations (15-18 credit hours), or one or two periods (15-18 credit hours), and related courses (6-9 credit hours).
Several courses can be completed online.
The thought and art of Greece and Rome from 800 B.C. to 400 A.D. Texts vary but are
chosen from works ranging from those of Homer and the Greek tragedians to Vergil and
the Roman historians.
The thought and art of the Middle Ages from 400 to 1500. Readings of works of the
major writers from Augustine, Boethius and Bede to Aquinas, Dante, and Chaucer.
The thought and art of Europe from 1400 to 1600. Readings selected from the works
of Petrarch, Pico della Mirandola, Machiavelli, Erasmus, More, Luther, Montaigne,
Spenser, Cervantes, and others.
The thought and art of the period from 1600 to 1750. Authors read typically include
Shakespeare, Bacon, Donne, Descartes, Moliere, Milton, Hobbes, and Racine.
The thought and art of Europe from 1750 to 1900. Readings of works from Locke, Newton,
Pope, Swift, Hume, Voltaire, Rousseau, Kant, Goethe, Wordsworth, Hegel, and others.
The thought and art of the century from 1900 to the present. Authors read regularly
include Kierkegaard, Dostoevski, Tolstoi, Darwin, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Yeats, Joyce,
American Studies, Classics, Classical Education, History, Literature, Philosophy,
Politics, Theology and Psychology
Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Modern and Recent
Draw from such fields as Art History, Drama, Economics, Education, Greek, Latin or Modern
Languages (French, German, Italian, and Spanish).