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Humanities Program

About the Program

This dynamic program provides first-year students the opportunity to meet others with similar intellectual interests as well as an informal forum to discuss issues relating to human experience. The classes are interdisciplinary and draw on divergent perspectives, incorporating the disciplines of history, literature, philosophy, religion, theatre, and the arts.

In the Classroom

Participants in the Freshman Humanities Program take part in a first year seminar (HUM 120) in the fall entitled, “Crisis and Culture: Dionysus and the Art of Theatre,” in which students examine how theater provides a perspective from which to view and treat a culture in crisis. This seminar satisfies the Scholarly and Creative Inquiry Seminar core requirement. Students also have the option to participate in another humanities program course during the spring semester.

In the Residence Hall

Students live on the Humanities Residence Hall Theme Floor, located in Harrington Hall, with other members of the program.

Beyond the Classroom

The program sponsors co-curricular activities on- and off-campus in Tacoma and Seattle, organized by students and/or led by faculty. In the past, students have initiated a trip to Seattle to see the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast, after which all went to the BluWater Bistro for discussion. The Freshman Humanities Program theme floor also held a mini-film series where they watched Fight Club, Seven, and Perfect Blue and discussed the moral, cultural, sexual, spiritual, and ethical issues addressed by these films. Members have also explored the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, which showcases work by internationally recognized artists, and the Experience Music Project in Seattle. Students regularly attend campus theater productions and lectures given by prominent figures, including recognized literary, musical, and visual artists, scholars, comedians, and activists.

How do I join?

Admitted students who have submitted their housing deposit and reservation statement to the University of Puget Sound may indicate their interest in joining the Humanities Program on their Advising and Seminar Selection Questionnaire, which becomes available in mid-April.

Questions about the Freshman Humanities Program? Please contact the Office of Admission at 253.879.3211 or freshman@pugetsound.edu.

Learn more about Humanities

Visit the Humanities program's website to learn more about the curriculum and the faculty.