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.

Participants in the Humanities Residential Program represent all majors, including those in the sciences and social sciences, but share a special interest in the arts. The program accommodates seventeen first-year students who live in Regester Hall and take the first-year core writing seminars together. Humanities Residential Program students also participate in 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.

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 are frequently team-taught, require 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.