Humanities

Area of Humane Learning

Updated Fall 2013

The humanities major supports the following goals of Milligan College:

The purpose of the major in humanities is to allow students to pursue an interdisciplinary course of study. Although the major is not structured as a prevocational course, it does provide a broad undergraduate education from which a student can move into teaching or into several graduate programs including law. It focuses upon the great ideas that have shaped history and created contemporary civilizations.

The humanities major may be tailored to offer specialization in one or more of the following fields: English, history, fine arts, Spanish, French, and Bible. With advisement, this major may satisfy the better part of the “two concentrations” required for middle grades licensure.

Students pursuing a humanities major often fulfill requirements for a minor from the disciplines of Bible, English, fine arts, foreign language, history, philosophy, or educational studies. However, students who choose a minor in other fields (or who choose not to do a minor) may still select a major in humanities. Other students choose to pursue a second major or licensure.

Graduates with a major in humanities will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Plan, create, and carry out an interdisciplinary major in the humanities designed to meet individual interests and career goals;
  2. Design and carry out an extensive interdisciplinary research or creative project under the guidance of a faculty committee recruited by the student;
  3. Make connections between academic disciplines and between those disciplines and their Christian faith.

Humanities major - B.A.

Required courses in the major:

Each student who selects a major in humanities works with the Director of Humanities or an adviser designated by the Director of Humanities to design a program to meet the needs and desires of the individual student. The student, in consultation with the Director of Humanities and working with an advisory committee, plans the HUMN 490 course, which serves as the capstone course for the major.

The following general education requirements could be fulfilled in the major:

Total number of required hours: 32

To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 128 semester hours in courses with course numbers at the 100 level or above. In addition to courses in the major (and minor, if applicable), students must complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts degree as described on Pages 41-43  of the 2013-14 catalog. The B.A. degree requires foreign language through the intermediate level.

Senior Major Exam

The senior major exam, which is required of all baccalaureate degree-seeking students and evaluates the students in their major fields of study, is administered during the semester in which the student plans to graduate. Students pursuing double majors must complete a major exam in each major. The senior major exam for the humanities major is fulfilled in the completion of the HUMN 490.

Humanities major appropriate for elementary education students seeking licensure

The recommended courses making up the humanities major for elementary education students are listed below. For students seeking public school licensure, the courses for the Humanities major must be approved by both the Director of Humanities and the Director of Teacher Certification.

The humanities major requires a minimum of 24 hours of junior/senior (and approved sophomore) level courses including HUMN 490. The option outlined below requires 27 hours, but 6 of these hours are also part of the program of licensure. Foreign language through intermediate level is required.

History (12 hrs)

Required:

English (12 hrs)

Required:

Humanities (11 hrs)

Required:

The following general education requirements could be fulfilled in the major:

Total number of required hours: 35

To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 128 semester hours in courses with course numbers at the 100 level or above. In addition to courses in the major (and minor, if applicable), students must complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts degree as described on Pages 41-43 of the 2013-14 catalog. The B.A. degree requires foreign language through the intermediate level.

Senior Major Exam

The senior major exam, which is required of all baccalaureate degree-seeking students and evaluates the students in their major fields of study, is administered during the semester in which the student plans to graduate. Students pursuing double majors must complete a major exam in each major. The senior major exam for the humanities major is fulfilled in the completion of HUMN 490.

Middle Grades Humanities teacher licensure programs

For additional information about the teacher licensure program, including a list of courses required for licensure, see the Education: Licensure Programs section of the catalog.

Humanities minor

Required courses in the minor:

The following general education requirements are fulfilled in the minor:

Total number of required hours: 22