Program History

The Western Civilization Program, founded in 1945, and the Humanities Program which dates from 1947, merged in 1997 to form HWC: The Humanities and Western Civilization Program. Faculty developed Peace and Conflict Studies in 2003 and renamed the unit Humanities in 2017.

Today, the Program houses an interdisciplinary major with two alternate tracks of study, two minors, and certificate programs for undergraduate and graduate students.

Popular courses include the Western Civilization sequence, the World Literature series along with such diverse offerings as Aviation in American Culture, Angry White Male Studies, Foodways: Latin America, Pregnancy in Literature, and The Refugee Experience.

Graduates of the Program enter the fields of business, law, teaching, writing and editing and government service. Many students go on to complete graduate study in a variety of subject areas and pursue professional careers.