Humanities Minor

Our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The interdisciplinary Humanities program is concerned with the wide range of human ideas, values and institutions. The courses examine what we have achieved in our several thousand years of recorded history, what we have desired, what we have believed, and how these concerns and passions influence us. 

The Humanities program draws together faculty and subject matter from all of the liberal arts—especially history, literature and philosophy but also religion, natural science, social science and fine arts.

All Humanities classes involve close reading of primary sources and literary works, informal discussion and gradual refinement of the student’s capacity for written and oral response.

Humanities Minor

A minor in humanities will give you an opportunity to study a particular topic from the perspective of several disciplines. You will find yourself challenged as you broaden your knowledge.

The interdisciplinary Humanities program is concerned with the wide range of human ideas, values and institutions. The courses examine what we have achieved in our several thousand years of recorded history, what we have desired, what we have believed, and how these concerns and passions influence us. Humanities helps us make educated and ethical decisions. The Humanities program draws together faculty and subject matter from all of the liberal arts—especially history, literature and philosophy but also religion, natural science, social science and fine arts. All Humanities classes involve close reading of primary sources and literary works, informal discussion and gradual refinement of the student’s capacity for written and oral response.

Requirements

19 hours of courses in the Humanities, including:

HUM 324 - The Modern World: Mid-17th to Mid-20th Century (4)

15 additional hours, excluding courses in the major or courses used for LAC requirements
The 15 hours must be chosen from more than one department and must include at least 3 hours at the 300-400 level. The courses must pursue a coherent theme or reflect a specific area of interest, and require approval of the program director. Humanities Special Topics courses may be included. Students should declare the minor in Humanities before completing 75 hours of study.

Additional Information

University-wide minimum requirements for a minor: 1) one-half of the hours required for a minor must be completed in residence at UNC Asheville, to include at least 6 hours at the 300-400 level; 2) students must have a cumulative grade-point-average of at least 2.0 on minor courses taken at UNC Asheville.

For more information about requirements view the Course Catalog.