Gain a critical understanding of the world through a comparative study of the ideas and values of cultures with a humanities degree.
Like other liberal arts degrees, a Bachelor or Arts in humanities from University of Maryland University College offers a solid base of critical thinking on which to build a career or further study. This major will broaden your understanding of yourself and your interaction with the world and provide a perspective on cultural and intellectual heritage while offering tools to use that knowledge in the real world. You'll explore how individuals and groups understand their existence, their place within their cultures, and their responsibility to others and the physical world.
These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2017–2018 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.
About the Humanities Bachelor's Degree
Our online degree in humanities offers an interdisciplinary curriculum in which you'll develop the analysis and communication skills that employers value. You'll be immersed in a multidisciplinary study of global culture as you analyze art, philosophy, literature, religion, film, theater, music, and technology.
What You'll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Plan, communicate, and implement coherent and justifiable practices that improve human conditions
- Analyze ideas critically and defend recommendations for improving the conditions of society
- Act in a personally and socially responsible manner, recognizing the complexity and diversity of the human experience
- Identify and use technology to research, collect, analyze, and interpret data and effectively communicate information that educates and influences others
In past projects, students have had the opportunity to
- Choose a political, economic, or cultural issue or trend and study how it developed from the 1970s to the present; examples have included the legalization of marijuana, same-sex marriage, and the conservative movement
- Choose a specific Greek sculpture and write a script in first person in which the sculpted figure talks to a present-day audience about the sculpture's life, accomplishments, and experiences
Humanities Bachelor's Degree Requirements
Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.
Courses in the Major
- HUMN 100
- PHIL 100
- PHIL 140
- HIST 115, HIST 116, HIST 141, or HIST 142
- MUSC 210 or any MUSC course
- ARTH 372 or any upper-level ARTH course
- PHIL 304 or any upper-level PHIL course
- HUMN 351 or any upper-level HUMN course
- PHIL 349 or any upper-level PHIL course
- ENGL 406 or any upper-level ENGL course
- HUMN 495
The bachelor's degree in humanities requires 46 credits in minor and/or elective coursework.
General Education Requirements
- LIBS 150
(to be taken in first 6 credits)
Writing and Communication Courses
- WRTG 101
- WRTG 293 or other writing course
- COMM 202 or other communication, writing, or speech course
- WRTG 391 or other advanced upper-level writing course
Arts and Humanities Courses
- HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
- HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course
Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses
- ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
- BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
- BIOL 103 or other science lecture and laboratory course(s)
- NSCI 100 or other science lecture course
- MATH 106 or other 3-credit approved math or statistics course
- IFSM 201 or CMST 301
- CMIS 111 or another computing course appropriate to the academic major
Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.
Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements
In addition to the general education requirements and the major, minor, and elective requirements, the overall requirements listed below apply to all bachelor's degrees.
- You must complete a minimum of 120 credits
- You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall and a minimum grade of C for any class applied to the academic major or minor
- Within the 120 credits required, the following coursework must be taken through UMUC:
- 30 credits (normally the final 30)
- Half of the required number of credits within both the major and the minor
- 15 credits at the upper level (earned in classes numbered 300 to 499), preferably within the major or minor
- At least 45 credits must be upper level and include
- At least half of the credits required for the major
- 3 credits in advanced writing
- The remaining upper-level credits can be earned in any part of the curriculum
- At least half the required number of credits for any academic major or minor must be earned through graded coursework. Credit earned by examination, portfolio assessment, or noncollegiate training does not count as graded coursework
Double majors: You can earn a dual major upon completion of all requirements for both majors, including the required minimum number of credits for each major and all related requirements for both majors. The same class cannot be used to fulfill requirements for more than one major. Certain restrictions (including use of credit and acceptable combinations of majors) apply for double majors. You cannot major in two programs with excessive overlap of required coursework. Contact an admissions advisor before selecting a double major.
Second bachelor's degree: To earn a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 credits through UMUC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits. You must complete all requirements for the major. All prerequisites apply. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new classes should be satisfied with classes related to your major. You may not earn a second bachelor's degree in general studies and may not obtain a second associate's degree within the second bachelor's degree. Contact an admissions advisor before pursuing a second bachelor's degree.
Electives: Electives can be taken in any academic discipline. No more than 21 credits can consist of vocational or technical credit. Pass/fail credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits, can be applied toward electives only.
This program is designed to help teach skills that are applicable to careers in fields as varied as education, publishing, journalism, advertising, sales, law, management, human resources, and insurance as well as at museums and other nonprofit organizations.
About the Faculty
Our world-class faculty members combine academic credentials with a wealth of experience in the field.
Our faculty work or have worked at organizations including
- Cecil College
- Coe College
- Neumann University
- San Francisco State University
- The Catholic University of America
- The George Washington University
- University of California, Berkeley
- University of California, Santa Cruz
- University of Delaware
- University of Hawaii at Manoa