Undergraduate Department of Humanities

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2013-14 academic year.

Department of Humanities

Marcia Folsom, Chair and Professor

Mary Battenfeld, Associate Professor Jama Lazerow, Professor Jenne Powers, Assistant Professor and Director of the Writing Center Joyce Hope Scott, Associate Professor Swen Voekel, Associate Professor Scott Votel, Instructor and Director of Composition Programs Phillip Weiss, Assistant Professor Lee Whitfield, Associate Professor


B.A., Humanities Minors, History, Humanities, Literature, Philosophy, Writing

B.A./Humanities/ 36-40 credits

Humanities is a multidisciplinary major based in history, literature and philosophy. The major introduces the origin of "humanities" as the study of human experience and culture, and explores its evolving meaning over time. Students in the major focus in one of the three Humanities disciplines as they consider questions of value, identity, and meaning in the histories, literatures, philosophies, religions, and arts of different cultures. An aim of the Humanities major is to develop in students an appreciation not only of their own intellectual heritages but also of their cultural legacies of other peoples. In Humanities courses, students are also encouraged to explore the changing lives of women, people of color, and working people throughout the world. The Humanities major complements professional preparation for careers working with children and families, and for all careers in which an understanding of the past, analytical skills, and excellent writing are necessary. It provides a lens through which students can view, reflect on and understand human culture and experience. Study in the Humanities provides the intellectual basis for a full, rich life. Internships are available for students who are not pursuing a professional major.

Requirements(36 credits)
HUM 201 Introduction to the Humanities 4 credits
One Global Perspectives Course 4 credits
One Integrated Course 4 credits
One Humanities or Art History course at the intermediate level 4 credits
Focus in History, Literature, or Philosophy16 credits
(Including at least one advanced course in the focus.)
HUM 450 Research Seminar in the Humanities 4 credits
Global Perspectives Courses
These are courses based in Asian, African, or Latin American cultures.
AST 290 W. African History, Culture and Spirituality/ 4 cr
HIS 215 Africa and its Global Encounters/ 4 cr
HIS 270 Human Rights as World History/ 4 cr
LIT 226 Literature and History of the Caribbean/ 4 cr
LIT 225 African Literature/ 4 cr
MUS 240 World Music Traditions/ 4 cr
PHL 150 World Religions/ 4 cr
PHL 215 Asian Thought/ 4 cr
PHL 240 Great Ages and Ideas of the Jewish People/ 4 cr
PSG 101 Issues in Globalization/ 4 cr
THE 305 African and Caribbean Theatre/ 4 cr
Integrated Courses
These are courses that integrate at least two disciplines.
AST 160 American Identities/ 4 cr
GEC 252 Trying Socrates/ 4 cr
GEC 258 The Resilient Spirit/ 4 cr
HIS 194 Europe in the Age of Discovery/ 4 cr
HIS 208 Twentieth Century European History/ 4 cr
HIS 240 The Holocaust/ 4 cr
HIS 266 Europe Since the Second World War/ 4 cr
HUM 210 Russian History through Literature/ 4 cr
LIT 155 The Bible as Literature/ 4 cr
LIT 180 Film and Fiction/ 4 cr
LIT 219 The British Novel of the 19th Century/ 4 cr
LIT 225 African Literature/ 4 cr
LIT 226 Literature and History of the Caribbean/ 4 cr
LIT 240 The English Renaissance/ 4 cr
LIT 262 Shakespeare/ 4 cr
LIT 263 The Epic: Heroes and Monsters/ 4 cr
LIT 270 The American Renaissance/ 4 cr
LIT 288 Studies in the Novel/ 4 cr
LIT 301 Medieval Literature: Epic and Romance/ 4 cr
PHL 240 Great Ages and Ideas of the Jewish People/ 4 cr
THE 238 African American Theater/ 4 cr

Students select a focus in one of the following disciplines: literature, history, or philosophy. At least 4 credits in the focus must be at the advanced level. Courses in the focus cannot be used to meet other requirements in the major.
Focus (16 credits)

Humanities Major without a Professional Major (40 credits)

Students who choose to major in the Humanities without a professional major follow the requirements for the 36-credit major as listed above and must also complete an one additional course in the focus at the intermediate or advanced level.

Minor/Writing/16 credits

The minor in Writing is open to all students looking to complement their primary field of study. Students in the program may choose courses from a variety of departments and disciplines in both creative and professional writing. These courses may count for the minor after students have completed English 121 and the Wheelock Literacy and Communication Exam (WLCE).

Course Requirements: three courses from the following list, one of which must have an ENG designation (12 credits), and the writing capstone.
ENG 130 Introduction to Creative Writing 4 credits
ENG 220 Writing for Social Change 4 credits
ENG 201 Creative Nonfiction 4 credits
ENG 225 Personal Voice in Professional Writing 4 credits
LIT 150 Introduction to the Short Story 4 credits
COM 425 Storytelling in the Digital Age 4 credits
THE 248 Playwriting 4 credits
ENG 401 Writing Minor Capstone 4 credits

Minor/Humanities/16 credits

HISTORY MINOR Four courses with HIS designation One of the four courses must be "Advanced" HUM 201 may be counted in the Minor LITERATURE MINOR Four courses with LIT designation One of the four courses must be "Advanced" HUM 201 may be counted in the Minor PHILOSOPHY MINOR Four courses with PHL designation One of the four courses must be "Advanced" HUM 201 may be counted in the Minor HUMANITIES MINOR Four courses with HIS, LIT, or PHL designation or other relevant courses to be worked out with a faculty advisor. An individualized Minor in the Humanities may be worked out with a Humanities faculty member and approved by the Chair of Humanities for students wishing to pursue a particular interest; e.g. African-American studies and race in America; or medieval and renaissance studies; or study of ancient cultures; or women's studies and feminism. HUM 201 is required for the Humanities Minor. One of the four courses must be "Advanced" 

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