Humanities (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Humanities (HUM BA)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Comparative Humanities

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Program Information

The Department of Comparative Humanities facilitates the discovery, synthesis and application of ideas across disciplines. The department serves as an umbrella for collaborative efforts among the disciplines. The department offers a program as well as interdisciplinary humanities courses that encourage students to examine texts, creative expression and ideas within a cultural context. Students also explore the implication of their studies by learning to shape their own perceptions, ideas and values. Department advisers and professors work with each humanities major to create individualized programs that reflect the student's goals and interests. 

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements22
Program/Major Requirements 150
Track Requirements18
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.


Accelerated BA/MA in Humanities

Students who wish to pursue an accelerated master's degree will be allowed to apply to the baccalaureate degree up to 9 credit hours of coursework taken for graduate credit. Twenty-one (21) additional credit hours of graduate coursework will constitute the minimum number of credit hours for obtaining the MA.

Students must apply no later than the end of the junior year for admission to the accelerated program. A minimum overall grade point average and major grade point average of 3.35 will be required for admission to and for retention in the program.

The guidelines for the Accelerated BA/MA in Humanities are as follows:

  • Student may take a maximum of 9 credit hours for graduate credit, which will also apply to the requirements for the baccalaureate degree in Humanities.
  • The accelerated BA/MA in Humanities will be offered for the Interdisciplinary Humanities Concentration and for the Linguistics Concentration, but not for the Concentration in Humanities and Civic Leadership.
  • Students who enroll in the accelerated BA/MA in Humanities may elect the thesis or non-thesis option, which ever is appropriate to the concentration and course of study.
  • All students in the program will take either HUM 609 or HUM 610 to fulfill the Methodology requirement.
  • All requirements remain the same, including the foreign language requirement.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the BA in Humanities requires completion of 15 semester hours and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. 

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website: louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.

Accelerated BA/MA in Humanities

  • Students must apply no later than the end of the junior year for admission to the accelerated program.
  • A minimum overall grade point average and major grade point average of 3.35 will be required for admission to and for retention in the program.
  • Student must complete the GRE and fill out the Humanities Division application for the accelerated BA/MA in Humanities.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Language and Culture - AH, D1
Introduction to Comparative Humanities - AH, D2

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 112
Electives in Natural Sciences or Social Sciences 2,3,49
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 5
Minimum Total Hours22

Program/Major Requirements

HUM 105Introduction to Comparative Humanities - AH, D23
HUM 310Religion and Culture3
HUM 320Research and Writing in the Humanities - AH, WR3
HUM 326Studies in Film and Culture3
HUM 331Humanities and Gender - AH, D23
HUM 509Interdisciplinary Approaches: Arts and Humanities - CUE, WR 63
or HUM 510 Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion - CUE, WR
HUM 595Principles of Cultural History - WR3
LING 330Language and Culture - AH, D13
Supporting Courses
History elective at 300 level or above in area of track3
Minimum Electives 723
Track Requirements18
Minimum Total Hours68

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above. 

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Interdisciplinary Approaches: Arts and Humanities - CUE, WR
Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion - CUE, WR

Track Requirements

Track in Comparative Cultural Studies 

HUM 304Culture of the Modern Period3
HUM 322Modern Fiction: Twentieth Century3
HUM 591Perspectives on Ancient Culture - WR3
or HUM 592 Perspectives on Medieval Culture - WR
or HUM 593 Perspectives on Early Modern Culture - WR
or HUM 594 Perspectives on Modern Culture - WR
One 300-level HUM course in period or field of focus 13
Two courses in period or field of focus (any level) 16
Minimum Total Hours18

Track in Film Studies

HUM 224Introduction to Film - AH, D23
HUM 324Approaches to Film Interpretation3
HUM 524Special Topics in Film Study3
Select three courses from the following:9
French Cinema
Survey of Film and Culture
Studies in Film and Culture
African Americans in American Media
Black Film and Literature - AH, D1
Politics through Film
Hispanic Culture through Film and Media
Minimum Total Hours18

Track in Linguistics

LING 325Introduction to Linguistics3
LING 326Syntax3
LING 520World Englishes3
Nine credit hours in LING at the 300-level or above9
Minimum Total Hours18

Track in Religious Studies

HUM 216Introduction to World Religions - AH, D23
HUM 308Studies of Religion - AH3
HUM 510Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion - CUE, WR3
Nine credit hours in Religious Studies at the 300-level or above 29
Minimum Total Hours18

Flight Plan


Track in Comparative Cultural Studies

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
HUM 105 Introduction to Comparative Humanities - AH, D2 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
Foreign Language 1 4
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
LING 330 Language and Culture - AH, D1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences - SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
Foreign Language 2 3-4
 Hours15-16
Year 2
Fall
HUM 310 Religion and Culture 3
HUM 331 Humanities and Gender - AH, D2 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
Foreign Language 3 3-4
 Hours15-16
Spring
HUM 320 Research and Writing in the Humanities - AH, WR 3
HUM 326 Studies in Film and Culture 3
History elective in area of track (300 level or above) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Foreign Language 4 (if needed) or general elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
HUM 304 Culture of the Modern Period 3
Choose one of the following: 3
Perspectives on Ancient Culture - WR  
Perspectives on Medieval Culture - WR  
Elective in Natural Science or Social Science 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
HUM 322 Modern Fiction: Twentieth Century 3
HUM 595 Principles of Cultural History - WR 3
300 level HUM course in period or field of focus 3
Elective in Natural Science or Social Science (300 level or above) 3
General Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
HUM 509 Interdisciplinary Approaches: Arts and Humanities - CUE, WR 3
Elective in Natural Science or Social Science (300 level or above) 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
HUM 594 Perspectives on Modern Culture - WR 3
Course in period or field of focus 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours120-122

Track in Film Studies

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
HUM 105 Introduction to Comparative Humanities - AH, D2 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
Foreign Language 1 3-4
 Hours14-15
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
LING 330 Language and Culture - AH, D1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3-4
Foreign Language 2 3-4
 Hours15-17
Year 2
Fall
HUM 224 Introduction to Film - AH, D2 3
HUM 310 Religion and Culture 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
Foreign Language 3 3-4
General elective 3
 Hours18-19
Spring
HUM 320 Research and Writing in the Humanities - AH, WR 3
HUM 326 Studies in Film and Culture 3
History elective in area of track (300 level or above) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Foreign Language 4 (if needed) or general elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
HUM 324 Approaches to Film Interpretation 3
HUM 331 Humanities and Gender - AH, D2 3
Film Studies Elective 1 3
Elective in Social Science or Natural Science 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
HUM 595 Principles of Cultural History - WR 3
Film Studies Elective 2 3
Elective in Natural Science or Social Science (300 level or above) 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
HUM 509 Interdisciplinary Approaches: Arts and Humanities - CUE, WR 3
Film Studies Elective 3 3
Elective in Natural Science or Social Science (300 level or above) 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
HUM 524 Special Topics in Film Study 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122-126

Track in Linguistics 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
HUM 105 Introduction to Comparative Humanities - AH, D2 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
Foreign Language 1 3-4
 Hours14-15
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
Foreign Language 2 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences - SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
LING 325 Introduction to Linguistics 3
 Hours15-16
Year 2
Fall
HUM 310 Religion and Culture 3
LING 330 Language and Culture - AH, D1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
Foreign Language 3 3-4
 Hours15-16
Spring
HUM 320 Research and Writing in the Humanities - AH, WR 3
HUM 326 Studies in Film and Culture 3
History elective in area of track (300 level or above) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Foreign Language 4 (if needed) or general elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
HUM 331 Humanities and Gender - AH, D2 3
LING elective (300 level or above) 3
Elective in Natural Sciences or Social Sciences 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
HUM 595 Principles of Cultural History - WR 3
LING 326 Syntax 3
LING elective (300 level or above) 3
Elective in Natural Sciences or Social Sciences (300 level or above) 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
HUM 509 Interdisciplinary Approaches: Arts and Humanities - CUE, WR 3
LING elective (300 level or above) 3
Elective in Natural Sciences or Social Sciences (300 level or above) 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
LING 520 World Englishes 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours119-122

Track in Religious Studies 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
HUM 105 Introduction to Comparative Humanities - AH, D2 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
Foreign Language 1 3-4
 Hours14-15
Spring
LING 330 Language and Culture - AH, D1 3
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences - SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3-4
Foreign Language 2 3-4
 Hours15-17
Year 2
Fall
HUM 216 Introduction to World Religions - AH, D2 3
HUM 310 Religion and Culture 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
Foreign Language 3 3-4
 Hours15-16
Spring
HUM 320 Research and Writing in the Humanities - AH, WR 3
HUM 326 Studies in Film and Culture 3
History elective in area of track (300 level or above) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Foreign Language 4 (if needed) or general elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
HUM 308 Studies of Religion - AH 3
HUM 331 Humanities and Gender - AH, D2 3
Religious Studies elective (300 level or above) 3
Elective in Natural Sciences or Social Sciences 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
HUM 595 Principles of Cultural History - WR 3
Religious Studies elective (300 level or above) 3
Elective in Natural Sciences or Social Sciences (300 level or above) 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
HUM 509 Interdisciplinary Approaches: Arts and Humanities - CUE, WR 3
Religious Studies Elective (300 level or above) 3
Elective in Natural Sciences or Social Sciences (300 level or above) 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
HUM 510 Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion - CUE, WR 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours119-123

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