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Humanities Major

The humanities major focuses on the artistic, historical, religious, philosophical, and literary aspects of world cultures. The major is not only excellent preparation for graduate and professional study in a variety of fields, but also a solid foundation for careers in law, medicine, international business, management, journalism, publishing, public radio and television, literature, and criticism. In addition, it has proven especially exciting for those interested in foreign-language studies, as well as for those returning to college to pursue their degree after a successful career.

Major Requirements

The major requires 34 credit hours in addition to the B.A. core requirements. For details about Humanities major requirements, please refer to the John Carroll Undergraduate Bulletin.

At least 21 credit hours must be at the 300 or 400 level. The 34 credit hours are divided into four areas:

  • Art History: 12 credit hours
  • Literature: 12 credit hours
  • History, Religious Studies and/or Philosophy: 9 credit hours
  • Capstone course: 1 credit hour

To ensure interaction of the above disciplines, at least 18 credit hours must be focused in an area of scholarly interest. The remainder of the courses chosen depend upon a student’s individual interests. An area of focus may include, among others:

  • 19th Century Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • French, Italian, or German Studies
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Modern and/or American Studies
  • Studies in Art and Religion