Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2019-2020, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2019. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Major

Preparation for Major

Select six units of lower-division courses from the following:6
Introduction to Modern Architecture
The Year 1500: A Global History of Art and Architecture
Architecture and Theory since 1945
Introduction to the History of Art
Introduction to Art History I
Introduction to Art History II
Introduction to Cinema
Topics in Chinese Literature and Culture
Studies in Genre
Studies in Literary Traditions
Studies in World Literature
Introduction to Cinema
World History Topics
African American History
Topics in Comparative History
Big History: From Cosmos to Cannibals
Modern World History
Great Moments in Time
The Historian's Craft
Topics in Language, Literature and Culture
Topics in Literature and Cultural Diversity-Domestic Focus
Topics in Literature and Cultural Diversity–Global Focus
The Invention of Love in Roman Literature
American Music
Music for the Stage
We Shall Overcome: Singing for Justice, Freedom and Peace
Introduction to Sonic Arts
Fundamentals of Music Theory
Music in Society
Music in World Cultures
Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophy of Human Nature
Script Analysis
Theatre and Society
Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
Exploring Religious Meaning
Introduction to World Religions
World Religions in San Diego
Introductory Studies in Catholic Theology
Special Topics in Religious Studies
Total Units6

Major Requirements

40 upper-division units in the humanities.
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.12-18
Art, Architecture + Art History
English
History
Languages, Cultures and Literatures
Music
Philosophy
Theatre
Theology and Religious Studies
In addition to the emphasis, 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.
Additional Upper-Division Units24-18
Senior Capstone
HUMN 490Thesis Preparation Seminar1
HUMN 495Senior Research Seminar3
Total Units40

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 course in

  1. Ancient world studies from the following list:

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

    2. Pre-modern world (~1500-1800) studies from the following list:

ANTH 339, ANTH 362, ENGL 300,ENGL 330, ENGL 331 ENGL 335, ENGL 337, ENGL 338, ENGL 340, ENGL 341ENGL 420, FREN 320, HIST 103, HIST 109, HIST 321, HIST 322HIST 324, HIST 331, HIST 346, HIST 382, ITAL 320ITAL 410, ITAL 420, MUSC 330, MUSC 331, PHIL 467, PHIL 471, SPAN 422, SPAN 423

Additional courses may be used to satisfy requirements in the Interdisciplinary Humanities major. Consult the Program Director for information about these courses. 

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

HUMN 490, HUMN 494, HUMN 495, HUMN 499

HUMN 490 | THESIS PREPARATION SEMINAR

Units: 1 Repeatability: No

This course precedes the 3-unit HUMN 495 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 495, 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.

HUMN 494 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN THE HUMANITIES

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

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

HUMN 495 | SENIOR RESEARCH SEMINAR

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.

HUMN 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)