Humanities-Philosophy encourages students to pursue topics of philosophical, ethical, and global significance such as the nature of the human mind, the morality of cloning, and the justice of wars. Students will gain a philosophically-informed perspective on a wide range of academic and practical questions, improve their creative thinking, and hone their critical thinking. Humanities-Philosophy majors will focus on courses in the history and methods of philosophical analysis while also being introduced to the interdisciplinary nature of humanities by taking courses in art history, history, literature, music, philosophy and political science.
In the first two years of the program, Humanities-Philosophy majors complete their General Education Core requirements and take humanities electives. In their junior year, students take HUM 3900: Introduction to the Humanities where they are introduced to research methods in the Humanities and HUM 3905: Humanities Junior Seminar that features guest lectures by humanities faculty members representing a range of disciplines. Some examples of past seminar topics are the Risks of Science and Technology, Superheroes, Alternate History, Race in the Modern World, Banned and Censored Books, and Storytelling.
The courses prepare students for their Senior Capstone Project, beginning in the first semester of their senior year and including HUM 3999: Capstone Research Methods and HUM 4100: Senior Capstone Project. Students choose a research project that is an extension of their previous coursework. The students regularly meet with the Capstone Committee, a group of humanities faculty members, and their peers in the Capstone program and work directly with two humanities faculty members as they research and write their senior theses.