The humanities explore human achievements from aesthetic, historical, literary and philosophical perspectives. The humanities major is designed to offer perspectives in breadth and depth from related disciplines. The humanities minor is designed to stimulate creative expression and complement a major field of study.
The Humanities Major
Throughout her or his University career, the student enrolled in the humanities major investigates a theme selected in consultation with an adviser. This theme should be one that the student wishes to pursue seriously in depth and breadth. For example, a student in architecture may choose "The Impact of Technology and the Economy on Architecture." A student in business may explore the question of public art. Upon declaring the humanities major, students must consult with a humanities adviser and agree upon a written plan of study for their course work for the major.
The major consists of 39 credits distributed among the following degree requirements. A plan of study must be filed with a humanities adviser.
The major consists of 39 credits distributed among
the following degree
- Engl. 240 - World Literature and Masterpieces
- Engl. 335 - Multicultural Writers
- Engl. 345 - Themes in American Culture
- A six-credit upper-division sequence from each
of the following
- 1. Fine arts (history, interpretation
and philosophy of fine arts,
- rather than the applied
arts) or religion courses 6
- 2. History or literature courses 6
- 3. Philosophy or architecture
- Hum. 304 - Humanities Tutorial 3-6
- Electives at 300-400 level 6-9
- Total 39
Two years of a foreign language or proficiency of a foreign language at the second year level, classical or modern is required. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for courses in the humanities major. A second major is desirable.
The uniqueness of the humanities major lies in its theme-centered approach to the study of what individual men and women have created and continue to create, intellectually and aesthetically, as well as what they envision for the future. Although the humanities emphasize individual efforts and achievements, these efforts and achievements are viewed in light of the cultures from which they emerged.
The Humanities Minor
The humanities minor should be attractive to all students who wish to add a humanities program to their major field of study. The minor offers opportunities for interdisciplinary study, stimulates creative expression and helps students to develop an awareness and understanding of the major events which have shaped the civilization in which they live. Furthermore, a humanities minor on a student's record will be appreciated by many prospective employers and will probably distinguish this student from others.
The minor consists of 21 credits distributed among the following requirements:
|Engl. 240 - World Literature Masterpieces and
Engl. 335 - Multicultural Writers
| 6 |
|Two upper-level sequences in philosophy,
religion, anthropology, history, literature, art history, history of theatre or history of music
|An approved interdisciplinary course
|| 3 |
Two years of a foreign language or proficiency of a foreign language at the second year level, classical or modern, is required.
Traditional careers in the liberal arts, such as teaching, fluctuate in demand from year to year, though they are still regularly available every year. But the abilities to think, to synthesize information and to write and speak with precision, clarity and effectiveness are invaluable in any career. Thus, many national and international companies look for management trainees with liberal arts backgrounds, and have advertised on campus for liberal arts graduates to enter their training programs in management. Another option lies in international and both governmental and nongovernmental agencies.
High School Preparation
No specific courses are required beyond the core curriculum requirements for admission to North Dakota State University, but students should have good reading and writing skills.
General Education RequirementsCredits
|First Year Experience |
|Univ. 189 - Skills for Academic Success
| Comm. 110 - Fund of Public Speaking
|Engl. 110, 120 - College Composition I, II
|| 3, 3
|English Upper Division Writing
|Science & Technology
|| 10 |
|Humanities & Fine Arts
|Social and Behavioral Sciences Sciences
|| 6 |
|| 2 |
| Cultural Diversity
|| - |
|| - |
|| 3 |
|Social Science Elective
|| 3 or 6|
|Fine Arts Elective
|| 3 or 6|
|Engl. 240 - World Literature Masterpieces
|Engl. 335 - Multicultural Writers or
Hum. 385 - Comparative Arts
|Interdisciplinary 400 Level Course
|Fine Arts and Religion Electives
|History and Literature Electives
|Philosophy and Architecture Electives
|300-400 Level Major Electives
|Two Years of a Foreign Language
This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic adviser or with the Office of Registration and Records.
Office of the Dean
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
North Dakota State University
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Fax: (701) 231-1047
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