Humanities

About the Program

The Humanities Program offers courses that draw upon the disciplines of history, literature, philosophy, religion, communication studies, art history, and music history to explore fundamental and enduring questions about the human condition. These courses are available to all students, regardless of major, and may be used to satisfy several of the university's Core requirements: Seminars in Scholarly Inquiry; Artistic Approaches; Humanistic Approaches; and Connections.

First-year students may join the Humanities Residential Program. These students form a living-learning community by taking the first-year writing seminars together, and by enjoying a variety of co-curricular activities such as film screenings, open-mic nights, guest lectures, dinner events, and trips to Seattle and Tacoma theatres, concert halls, and museums.

Acceptance into the program is not limited to those intending to major in the humanistic disciplines; many will go on to major in the sciences and social sciences, but all share a special interest in the arts.

The Humanities minor offers a course of study in the history of ideas as they have found expression through the literary, theatrical, musical, and visual arts. Courses in the minor often involve an experiential and/or co-curricular component, and make use of "digital humanities" (i.e., an array of digital tools and resources used for research in the humanistic disciplines). The minor does not require participation in the Humanities Residential Program, nor does participation in the Residential Program require enrollment in the minor.