Humanistic Studies, Bachelor of Arts - HUST

Major Requirements (24 Hours)

All of the following taken in sophomore, junior, or senior year:
HUST 321Cultural History I: Ancient and Medieval Culture3
HUST 322Cultural History II: Medieval and Renaissance Culture3
HUST 323Colloquium I: Ancient and Medieval Literature3
HUST 324Colloquium II: Medieval and Renaissance Literature3
HUST 461Cultural History III: Early-Modern Culture3
HUST 462Cultural History IV: Modern Culture3
HUST 463Colloquium III: Early-Modern Literature3
HUST 464Colloquium IV: Modern Literature3
Total Credits24

Advanced Writing Proficiency

The Senior Comprehensive exam is used to assess the College’s Advanced Writing Proficiency requirement. A student may fulfill her advanced writing requirement in Humanistic Studies, even when she fulfills her comprehensive requirement in another department, by submitting a portfolio of her written work early in her last semester in the program.

Senior Comprehensive

The Senior Comprehensive exam in Humanistic Studies is a long essay, written in a senior’s spring semester, exploring the interrelation between the history and literature of selected eras.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • The student can identify the plot, characters, and major themes of selected landmarks in European literature since Greco-Roman antiquity and compare these works to one another.
  • The student can identify the major themes in European intellectual, political, artistic, and religious history since Greco-Roman antiquity, based on primary and secondary sources.
  • The student can employ aspects of critical thinking, namely, asking searching questions of course materials, evaluating the relevance of individual facts and texts to larger themes, distinguishing between analysis and summary, and showing originality and insight in her interpretations.
  • The student can solve intellectual problems posed by the subject matter in the major by designing and implementing research projects that investigate those problems.
  • The student can speak with clarity, organization, and supporting evidence, and listen with attentiveness and sympathy.
  • The student can write with precision and style in a variety of academic genres and can organize her thoughts around a central thesis supported by evidence.
  • The student can synthesize examples, facts, issues, or theories from literature, history, and art into a coherent whole.