Alumni Profile: Maya Van Nuys '19
Experiences in the Humanities Progam
One of my favorite things about the Humanities Program at KU was the wide range of course offerings across multiple disciplines. The flexible course offerings and requirements allowed me to take advantage of many departments in the university and to broaden my understanding of subjects from different points of view.
I also found the instructors very caring and helpful. The Humanities faculty were always willing to listen to my ideas and provide sound guidance and additional resources to push me forward and help me take advantage of all the opportunities at KU.
Most Impactful Courses
Several of the most helpful courses that still inspire me today were the Peace and Conflict Studies courses. These include the Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies and the Literature of Human Rights course. These classes were discussion-based (my favorite) and really allowed me and my fellow students to think out loud and work through our understanding of the material together.
Completing a service project for Literature of Human Rights also helped me to reflect on the community support models that we implement in the United States and their efficacy and humanity. I still think back to the readings from these courses in my studies as a graduate student and find myself having new thoughts on them to this day.
The Humanities Program greatly influenced my future plans. I knew I wanted to work in a field related to international relations and also knew this would likely require graduate school. What I did not know was that I would end up applying to political science PhD programs to study international relations. Now, I am a PhD student in political science at the University of Chicago.
My interdisciplinary Humanities degree really helped me to stand out among a large pool of applicants. Many graduate programs value an interdisciplinary major as these students have a broad and unique way of approaching problems in scholarship and in everyday life.