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Humanities (Evening Degree)

Program Overview

103 Lewis Hall

This multidisciplinary major includes upper-division humanities courses selected by faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences. Students explore diverse perspectives in thematically related courses from classics, literature, intellectual history, comparative religion, communications, and art history. Focus is on the ways human beings from different cultures understand their world through communication, literature, and the arts. Students discuss literary and artistic works from a variety of perspectives and approaches, as well as theories of interpretation and practical communication. Analytical, research, and communication skills which can enhance a person's career opportunities are emphasized. Coursework encourages greater understanding of issues, ideas, and themes in history and the contemporary world.

Undergraduate Program

103 Lewis Hall, Box 353921
(206) 543-6160

Humanities offers the following program of study:

  • The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in humanities

Bachelor of Arts

Suggested First- and Second- Year College Courses: English composition and additional writing. Introductory courses in Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts (VLPA) and Individuals & Societies (I&S). First-year foreign language study.

Program Admission Requirements

Students are not being admitted to this program for the 2014-2015 academic year.

  1. Admission to the Evening Degree program (separate from admission to the UW day program)
  2. Minimum 75 college quarter credits completed. Most students admitted have completed two years of lower-division college work.
  3. See adviser for evaluation of applicable courses and credits.

Major Requirements

60 credits from the approved list of humanities courses, as follows:
  1. Not more than 15 credits in 200-level courses (some or all of which may have been completed prior to admission to the major)
  2. At least 45 credits of 300- and 400-level courses, of which a minimum 15 credits must be at the 400 level
  3. Minimum 15 credits of 300- and 400-level humanities courses that do not overlap with second-major requirements when double majoring in communication, English, and social sciences
  4. Minimum 2.25 GPA for all courses counted toward the major
  5. Minimum 25 credits completed in residence through the UW
  6. For list of applicable courses, consult the adviser or go to

Additional Degree Requirements

  1. English composition and additional writing (15 credits)
  2. Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QSR) (4-5 credits)
  3. Foreign language - through the third quarter of a single foreign language (0 to 15 credits, depending on placement)
  4. Areas of Knowledge
    1. Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts (VLPA) (20 credits)
    2. Individuals & Societies (I&S) (20 credits)
    3. Natural World (NW) (20 credits)
    4. Some credits in VLPA and/or I&S may count also toward the major
  5. Additional work to complete a minimum 180 credits overall

Continuation Policy

All students must make satisfactory academic progress in the major. Failure to do so results in probation, which can lead to dismissal from the major. For the complete continuation policy, contact the departmental adviser or refer to the department website.

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

  • Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: Students investigate the social, historical, ethical, and aesthetic meanings attached to and manifested in cultural texts and artifacts. These include visual, literary, performance, and philosophical works in different forms and genres, and in different historical periods and cultural contexts. Students gain a critical understanding of developments in and approaches to the study of literary and cultural forms, as well as the processes by which they are produced, received, and used. They develop an appreciation for the complexities and nuances of language, literature, and cultural expression and communication. In learning to interpret and contextualize texts, to pose questions, to construct arguments, and to conduct effective research, students become better critical thinkers, speakers, and writers, capable of engaging cultural debates and producing new cultural knowledge.

    Specific skills developed include writing in various genres; critical, analytic, and integrative thinking; textual and archival research in different media; argumentation; and effective public speaking.

    Humanities majors pursue widely varied careers, including education, editing, private enterprise, public administration, creative writing, management, arts administration, museology, development, and events planning.

  • Instructional and Research Facilities: Students use all university library resources and facilities corresponding with their individual research needs. In addition, each of the contributing humanities academic departments offers individual resources to majors. Check with advisers for options.
  • Honors Options Available: For Interdisciplinary Honors, see University Honors Program.
  • Research, Internships, and Service Learning: The program works collaboratively with students interested in pursuing independent study and research opportunities through academic departments that contribute to the major. Opportunities for work with the Carlson Center, Office of International Programs and Exchanges, and service learning are possible for all students.
  • Department Scholarships: The Evening Degree program awards need-based financial aid assistance each year to students from a general fund. Two additional scholarship resources are the Rodney I. Straub Endowed Scholarship and the Nicole Snyder Dettmar Endowed Scholarship.
  • Student Organizations/Associations: None at present.