About the Major
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.
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."