The Humanities Program is an interdisciplinary major that allows students to examine key issues relating to human experiences from a variety of perspectives, including but not limited to philosophy, history, religion, literature, art, and language. In addition to providing students with the freedom to explore a variety of perspectives, the collaboration of the Humanities faculty, who have diverse academic backgrounds and research interests, displays the importance of interdisciplinary work to advance the understanding of the human experience.
“The Humanities of business in this age have become more important than the techniques of business.” - Harry Amos Bullis, Former Chairman of General Mills
The study of humanities provides students with useful skills that will help them as they move into the job sector. The importance of critical thinking, reading and writing cannot be discounted in the current job market. Humanities is the study of people and enables students to relate to others, to empathize and understand them – this is an important skill as many jobs require human interaction. Many jobs, both academic and non-academic, require workers not only to listen to others’ opinions and viewpoints but to utilize language to explain and promote diverse perspectives. The study of humanities teaches students how to argue critically and effectively while at the same time being respectful. These are the reasons that students who major or minor in Humanities set themselves apart from their peers when they apply to jobs, law school, medical school, and/or graduate school.
The Humanities program is one of the few programs in the university that is only available to undergraduates. A positive experience at KU and in the Humanities program is our top priority. However our faculty and staff do not only care about their intellectual experience, they also care about the lived experience.
Our classes are generally small which enables our faculty to truly get to know students. It also enables faculty to engage in a variety of teaching styles and to help mentor students.
The interdisciplinary nature of the Humanities program offers a flexible curriculum that enables students to experience a variety of perspectives. The Humanities major also has two different tracks for students to choose from: Global Humanities and Peace and Conflict Studies.
History of Excellence
The Humanities program at KU has been in existence for 70 years. During that time the program has been a catalyst and a forum for faculty who want to develop innovative courses that transcend boundaries. Some of the popular courses that have been offered in the past are: “Science Technology and Society”, “Being Human in the Workplace, the “Biography of a City” series, and the “Masterpieces of World Literature” series.
Graduates of the Humanities program have pursued work in diverse fields from business, banking, and law to teaching, writing, and editorial work. Other graduates have entered to graduate programs, Medical School and Law School.
Spring 2020 Courses