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About the Major

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Interested in designing your own major?

Want to challenge yourself with academic honors?

The Humanities Program offers motivated and curious students the opportunity to develop a unique major around a specific research interest or idea.  As an interdisciplinary degree, students have the ability to pull together courses from across the university and connect them under an overarching theme.

Because of the flexibility of this major, students study a wide range of topics that go beyond traditional disciplines associated with Humanities, such as arts and literature.  While Liberal Arts classes provide the foundation for the Humanities major, many students integrate courses from other colleges. Recent Humanities contracts have included topics such as “Women’s Roles in Globalized Medicine”, “Human Rights”, “Children’s Visual Media”, and “Game Theory”.

As honors students, Humanities majors are engaged in research.   This unique major culminates in a required honors thesis written during the senior year.  The thesis allows students to design a project, conduct in-depth research, and work closely with a faculty supervisor.

While Humanities students’ unique majors set them apart, they come together by joining a small, close-knit community within the Liberal Arts Honors Office.  The many benefits of the program include individualized advising from the program Director and Academic Adviser, eligibility to apply for LAH scholarships, and access to the LAH computer lab and commons room.


Linda Mayhew Receives National Advising Award

Liberal Arts Honors and Humanities Advising Coordinator receives Outstanding Advising award, one of just twelve awards given out nationwide for 2014.

Ana Laura Rivera Recognized as Dean's Distinguished Graduate

Prestigious award given to 12 Liberal Arts graduating seniors.

Ana Laura is a Government and Humanities major, with a contract on "Public Policy, Development, and Women's Rights." Her thesis is entitled "Idenitfying the BArriers Associated with Abortion Access among Latina Women in South Texas."

Congratulations to Sophia Softky, Recipient of Kathy and Philip Patman Endowed Scholarship

Sophia is currently writing her thesis for her Humanities contract on "Critical Theory." The Patman Scholarship is awarded to either a Liberal Arts Honors or Plan II student each year for outstanding work on the thesis.

Congratulations to Humanities Seniors

Several students have already finalized their post-graduate plans.

Imaan Alaidroos, contract in "Women's Roles in Globalized Medicine," will attend medical school at Texas A&M. Paresh Jaini whose contract is on "Social Aspects of Health and Disease" will attend the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at UNT. Damir Ljuboja, who studied "Socio-Philosophical Perspectives on Medicine" will participate in the New Pathways MD program at Harvard Medical School. Ana Laura Rivera, contract in "Public Policy and International Development" will teach bilingual classes in Houston with Teach for America.

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