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Fast Facts: Humanities

  • The humanities major affords students an opportunity to create an individual program of study with in two or three disciplines within the School of Arts and Letters. The humanities disciplines are central to a liberal arts education. For example, previous humanities majors have combined coursework in the arts, English and history to develop their humanities majors. Another example would be a combination of communication and global, cultural and language studies.
  • Students have the opportunity to study the broad relationships and connections among the humanities disciplines, while also focusing on those of particular interest and significance.
  • Programs included in Humanities are:
    • Art
    • Communication
    • Theater
    • English
    • History
    • Politics
    • American Indian Studies
    • Global, Cultural and Language Studies
    • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
    • Music
    • Catholic Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Theology and Religious Studies
    • Women's and Gender Studies

Program Requirements

Major: 48 credits


Students are encouraged to talk with their advisor about completing an internship experience as part of the humanities major.


A major in humanities is an excellent, multifaceted preparation for many careers. The emphasis on reading, writing and critical evaluation of a broad range of historical/theoretical/artistic developments give a graduate the skills essential to personal fulfillment and professional success in the world, a world which demands effective communication skills, multicultural understanding and the ability to identify and articulate an understanding of and position on a range of issues and problems.

Pair with a Language

Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

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  • "I work in a fast-paced environment that requires me to think strategically, communicate clearly and effectively, and engage with diverse groups of people around issues of community change. My humanities education at CSS helped me develop these key skills while providing me with a sustaining, justice-oriented set of values."

    – Diane Tran, ‘06, Project Manager at Grassroots Solutions