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Humanities (Thematic Cluster)

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The major in Humanities (Thematic Cluster) allows students to design a major focusing on one distinct theme or field of study.  Students choosing this major design a major with a faculty advisor choosing an assortment of classes that explore various aspects of a particular theme.  This major necessarily requires that students bring to bear the perspectives that different disciplines of study allow in the consideration of an idea.  For instance, a student interested in exploring the way in which human beings have expressed their reactions to war might design a course of study that features courses in Fine Art, English Literature, History, Philosophy, Theatre, Music, Foreign Language, and Multimedia and Digital Culture.  Or a student interested in the evolution of our ideas about beauty might design a course of study that features courses in Philosophy, Fine Art, English Literature, Theatre, and Music.

Students interested in the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with a self-designed Thematic Cluster must have the proposed theme and plan of study approved by the Chair of the Division of Humanities prior to declaring the major.


Michael Stoneham, PhD, Division Chair
234 Biddle Hall

814-269-7137 |


Humanities Division
233 Biddle Hall