Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on May 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Major

Preparation for Major

Select six units of lower-division history courses from the following:6
The Ancient World
The Medieval World
The Atlantic World 1500-1800
The Pacific World, 1500-1800
World History Topics
Topics in War and Peace in Historical Perspective
War and Peace in the Modern World
U.S. History to 1870
U.S. History, 1877 to the Present
U.S. History Topics
Race and Ethnicity in the American Experience
American Women in History
East Asia in Transformation
Topics in the History of Culture and Identity
Modern Europe
Topics in Urban History
Topics in Comparative History
Topics in History, Literature, and Film
Topics in History of Science and Technology
Big History: From Cosmos to Cannibals
Modern World History
Great Moments in Time
Total Units6

Major Requirements

40 upper-division units in the humanities, as follows:

Choose an emphasis from among the following Humanities departments. You must take at least 12 units but no more than 18 units in this department:
Art, Architecture + Art History
Languages, Cultures and Literatures
Theatre Arts
Theology and Religious Studies

You must take 18-24 units in the Humanities departments listed above. No more than 9 units may be taken in any one department outside your emphasis. Coursework must be selected in consultation with the program director and include a

  1. Classical studies course from the following list:

HIST 102, ANTH 390, ANTH 391, ENGL 494, GREK 499, HIST 311, HIST 312, HIST 321, LATN 499, PHIL 470, POLS 301, THRS 353, THRS 385, THRS 388

    2. Medieval and/or Renaissance studies course from the following list:

HIST 103, HIST 108HIST 109, ANTH 339, ANTH 362, ENGL 300ENGL 312ENGL 330, ENGL 335, ENGL 337, ENGL 338, ENGL 340, ENGL 341ENGL 420, FREN 320, HIST 321, HIST 322, HIST 323, HIST 324, HIST 331, HIST 346, HIST 357, HIST 382, MUSC 330, MUSC 331, PHIL 467, PHIL 471, SPAN 422, SPAN 423, SPAN 424

Coursework must include a two-semester, upper-division senior seminar HUMN 490 and HUMN 495W.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at

HUMN 490, HUMN 494, HUMN 495W, HUMN 499


Units: 1

This course precedes the 3-unit HUMN 495W course. In this course, each student will identify a research topic that would integrate and apply his/her interdisciplinary experience in the Humanities major. This topic will lead, in HUMN 495W, to producing a senior thesis (a substantial research paper or a well-researched creative project). Each student will consult with the instructor in identifying and developing a topic; produce a prospectus and a bibliography for the topic; and, as possible, begin collecting and outlining research material from the bibliography. A class presentation is typically required as well.


Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Exploration and analysis of selected topics with a specific theme in the Interdisciplinary Humanities.


Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Advanced writing competency

Prerequisites: HUMN 490

In this continuation course to HUMN 490, each student will complete the research phase of his/her thesis project; produce a working outline and at least one substantial draft of the senior thesis or creative project; and revise and finalize the thesis by the end of the semester. A formal presentation of results and highlights from the completed research and initial thesis draft is typically required as well. Spring semester.


Units: 1-3