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University of Kansas Humanities Program

The Humanities Program will be discontinued on July 1, 2022. If you are an HUM/PCS Major or Minor you can still complete your degree. Many HUM/PCS courses will be offered in fall 2022, and substitutions are also available for the remaining degree requirements.

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The University of Kansas Humanities Program is 3/4 of a century old!
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Our average class size is under 20 students
We have 10 spectacular faculty members in our unique tight-knit program

Pledge of the Humanities

Join us in the Humanities Program as we pledge to cultivate an environment of compassion, tolerance and understanding. Recent events in Minneapolis and other cities are a wake-up call for honest, self-evaluation, which is a necessary prerequisite for positive change. As Dr. Martin Luther King said, “The universe is on the side of justice.” King’s philosophy of non-violent resistance offers us a model of critical self-assessment by focusing on the wisdom and relevance of great thinkers of the past.

Our Humanities courses offer students a wide range of readings from the Hebrew Tanakh and Christian Gospels to the writings of Mahatma Gandhi, Karl Marx, John Locke, Martin Luther King and many others. Engaging with the Big Questions through reading, writing, and discussion empowers you to have your own impactful voice heard in the world. Maya Angelou said it best: “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.”

Humanities courses offer you opportunities to learn about a diversity of cultures; they also offer a variety of methods for how to evaluate, objectively and critically, the relative reasonableness of those various perspectives. This self-reflective, self-critical attitude is embodied in Plato’s work, the Apology, when Socrates says, “the unexamined life is not worth living.

It is time for us all to have difficult, but constructive, conversations about race, gender and unearned privilege. This is our wake-up call and our mission: unflinching hope for a bright future together, with different voices united in plurality. ~ Rick Botkin, 6/10/2020

Congratulations to Our 2021 Graduates & Award Winners!

Humanities Program Majors (Spring 2021)

Claire Davis; Humanities Program, BA

Peace and Conflict Studies Minors (Spring 2021)

Cheyanne Teasley; PCS Minor; Journalism (News and Information), BSJ

Haven Harbert; PCS Minor; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, BGS 

Manlove Harrison; PCS Minor; Intelligence and National Security Minor; History, BGS

Peace and Conflict Studies Minors (Summer 2021)

Kristin Jo Umbarger; PCS Minor; Psychology Minor; Political Science, BA

Award Winners (Spring 2021)

Camden Baxter, Winner of the Western Civilization Essay Contest for "Implications for the Unbeliever in 1 Corinthians"

Olivia Michka, Winner of the Ted Johnson Interrelations of the Humanities and the Arts Award