The Humanities Major requires a total of 30 credit hours. Students must take courses in at least three humanities and/or social science departments or programs with a maximum of 15 hours from one department (excepting HWC in which student will take more than 15 hours). 18 of the 30 credit hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

Note: Sharing course work (credit hours) between any of the HWC major tracks and another major is restricted to 6 hours. all other courses taken towards the major must be approved by the HWC undergraduate coordinator.The following courses (9 credit hours) are required of all majors.

Track #1

Civilization in a Global Context. This track studies aspects of the cultures of Western civilization and of one non-Western civilization (e.g. Africa, Asia, the Middle East, or Latin America). It is designed to provide the student with knowledge of diverse civilizations and with methods for investigating their differences and commonalities. 30 credit hours, to include the following:

6 hours of introductory and capstone coursework:

  • HWC 110/111, Introduction to Humanities
  • HWC 424, Senior Seminar in Humanities (The senior essay for this track is to be a comparative and integrative study of a topic that bridges the two civilizations studied.)

24 additional hours to include:

  • HWC 206, Contemporary Western Civilization
  • HWC 430, European Civilization in World Context
  • 9 Hours in aspects of the cultures of Western Civilization, one of which must be an HWC course.
  • 9 Hours in aspects of the cultures of non-Western civilization.

Track #2

World Literatures. Literary-critical studies of both Western and non-Western literatures, designed to provide the student with knowledge of  diverse literary traditions and with methods for investigating their differences and commonalities. 30 credit hours to include the following:

6 hours of introductory and capstone coursework:

  • HWC 110/111, Introduction to Humanities
  • HWC 424, Senior Seminar in Humanities (The senior essay for this track is to be a comparative literary-critial study of a topic common to two different literary traditions.)

24 additional hours to include:

  • 6 Hours in the "Masterpieces of World Literature" series: HWC 304, 308, 312;
  • 6 Hours of additional literature coursework chosen from among the following:

- the third HWC Masterpiece of World Literature course

- any other HWC literature course upon approval from an advisor

- a course in American, British or Irish literature (or any other English language or literature course)

  • 6 Hours in the literature of non-English-language European culture in translation (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, etc.). Students possessing a reading knowledge of one of the European languages are strongly encouraged to take one of the literature courses in the original language.
  • 6 Hours in the literature of a non-Western culture in translation. Students possessing a reading knowledge of a non-Western language are strongly encouraged to take one of the literature courses in the original language.

Track #3

Peace and Conflict Studies. This track is designed to provide students with opportunities to study issues of violence and methods of peace-making from an interdisciplinary humanities perspective. 30 credit hours to include the following:

9 hours of required introductory and capstone coursework:

  • HWC 110, Introduction to Humanities
  • PCS 120, Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
  • PCS 650, Senior Seminar. (The senior seminar for this track requires students to explore a key research question through the application of theoretical concerns to the topic.)

21 additional hours to include:

6 hours PCS upper division courses (2 out of 3):

  • PCS 550, Classics of Peace Literature
  • PCS 556, Education for Peace and Non-Violence
  • PCS 565, Literature of Human Rights

6 hours of interdisciplinary core courses, for example:

  • ANTH 501, Anthropology of Violence
  • HIST 314, History of Globalization
  • POLS 674, International Ethics
  • POLS 684/685, International Law
  • REL 667, Religious Perspectives on War and Peace
  • REL/COMS 669, Human Conflict and Peace
  • SOC 650, Transnational Migration
  • EVRN/GEOG 371 Environmental Geopolitics
  • ENGL 318 Literature of Social Justice

9 hours of courses from one of the three designated areas:

Area 1: The pursuit of social, economic and environmental justice, for example;

  • HIST 314, History of Globalization
  • POLS 663, Protest and Revolution
  • SOC 351, Africa Today
  • SOC 521, Wealth, Power, and Inequality

Area 2: The role of nation-states and of international norms and institutions, for example;

  • HIST 334, The Great War: History of World War I
  • HIST 340, History of the Second World War
  • POLS 661, Politics of the Middle East
  • POLS 678, Chinese Foreign Policy
  • POLS 689, Topics in International Relations: Human Rights

Area 3: The impact of religious, philosophical, and cultural influences, for example;

  • ANTH 501, Anthropology of Violence
  • ENGL 536, Readings in the Holocaust
  • PCS 555, Classics of Peace Literature
  • REL 665, Religious Ethics
  • REL/COMS 669, Human Conflict and Peace
  • WGSS 669, Women, Health, and Healing in Latin America

Upcoming Events
PCS Lecture, James Dawes, "Storytelling and Human Rights" Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7:00-9:30, Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union​
 
Seaver Lecture, Nicole Hodges Persley, Monday, April 10, 7:00-9:30 PM, Kansas Room, Kansas Union
 
Humanities Program Recognition Ceremony, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 4:00-5:30 PM, Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

Registering Students: Please note that all Humanities courses have changed from HWC to HUM in the Course Catalog. 

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