About This Program
Channel your curiosity about the human condition with our highly interdisciplinary Humanities program. With self-designed concentrations and faculty mentorship, you’ll develop the intellectual, analytical and communication skills that will set you apart in any industry.
As a humanities major, you’ll sharpen your abilities in analysis and critical thinking through exploration of diverse works of art, music, literature, history, philosophy and the sciences. Let your interests fuel your studies with self-designed concentrations, from the social and ethical implications of genetic engineering to the examination of a historical period through literature, arts and more.
With the personalization to tailor your degree to the future you want, the skills and knowledge you’ll gain will help you reach your career goals.
Add a breadth of perspective to your degree with a Humanities minor, giving you a foundational understanding of the human condition through art, music, history, literature and more.
Complement any degree with a Philosophy minor, giving you the analytical, interpretive and critical reasoning skills that employers in any industry look for.
Meet Our Faculty
Program Coordinator and Professor
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Senior Lecturer of Philosophy and Humanities
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Our campus is in the heart of the region’s cultural, economic, entertainment and government activity — putting unlimited internship opportunities at your doorstep. We’ve partnered with local businesses to give you the real-world experience that sets you apart.
“Rather than thinking of education in a vacuum, as something to prepare you for something else after graduation, the internship actually bridges education with career,” says Professor Jack Resch, coordinator of the Humanities program.
Humanities majors have interned at many high-profile organizations in the area, including:
• Franco-American Centre
• Green Alliance
• Manchester Historic Association
• Mariposa Museum of World Cultures
• New Hampshire Historical Society
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects positive growth in many careers that demand sharp skills in critical thinking, analytical and communication— skills that are central to the Humanities program.
Your humanities degree will open doors to careers in industries from business to technology to arts and beyond, or prepare you for graduate studies in law, education and more. Whatever you hope to achieve after graduation, you’ll be armed with the skills and experience for a bright future.
|Advertising, Promotions or Marketing Manager
|Archivist, Curator or Museum Worker
|High School Teacher
|History Teacher, Postsecondary
|Human Resources Specialist
|Middle School Teacher
|Paralegal or Legal Assistant
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HUMA 411 - Humanities I
Introduction to the humanities and Western culture through literature, history, philosophy, music, art, and architecture. Examination of selected historical periods from classical Greece through the Renaissance through readings, films, slides, and field trips. Writing intensive. Special fee.
HUMA 412 - Humanities II
Introduction to the humanities and Western culture through literature, history, philosophy, music, art, and architecture. Examination of selected historical periods from the Enlightenment to the present through the use of readings, films, slides, and field trips. Writing intensive. Special fee.
HUMA 444B - Richard Wright's Native Son and America in the 1930s and 1940s
This Inquiry* course uses Richard Wright's groundbreaking novel, Native Son, to explore ways in which literature can reflect, interact with and change the world out of which it arises. After a careful reading of the novel, we consider how a writer's comments on his art can help us understand the art, how a novel's composition and reception affect our understanding, how the historical context of a work can help us reflect upon the relationship of literature and history, how other media such as film versions of the novel interpret it and how social and philosophical interpretations of experience are reflected in the narrative.
HUMA 519 - Classical Greece
Examination of the culture of classical Greece through the history, drama, philosophy, and art of the period. Open to all students. Recommended for students in the humanities major. Special fee.
HUMA 608 - Arts and American Society: Women Writers and Artists, 1850-Present
Team-taught course studying the impact of gender definitions on the lives and works of selected American artists. Considers lesser-known figures such as Fannie Fern, Lilly Martin Spencer, and Mary Hallock Foote as well as better-known artists such as Willa Cather and Georgia O'Keeffe. Prereq: permission or one of the following: WS 401, HIST 566, ENGL 585 or 586, ENGL 685 or 785, or a 600-level art history course. (Also offered as ARTS 608, ENGL 608, and HIST 608.) Writing intensive.
HUMA 622 - Studies of Freedom and Liberty
Principles of freedom and liberty that helped to form Western culture from the Renaissance to the present. Topics include concepts of human nature, theories of government and society. Readings include Machiavelli, Locke, Paine, Mill, Marx, Freud, Sartre, and Marcuse.
HUMA 632 - The Beginning and End of the World: Genesis and Revelation in Western Humanities
Genesis and Revelation examined for the biblical views of history and time in general and then an exploration of various interpretations of this material in Western thought. After a careful reading of the texts, students examine how themes in these biblical works have influenced art and architecture, literature, science, history, and culture. Advantageous for students in English, literature, history, and humanities as well as for individuals who want a nondoctrinal reading of selections from one of the most influential literary works in the West. Special fee.
HUMA 640 - The Birth of Rock and Roll
An interdisciplinary study of the cultural forces that brought forth the birth of rock and roll in the 1950s. This study of pre-rock music and culture will be further enriched by art, literature, and photography which focuses in the roots of rock and roll.
HUMA 645 - American Culture and Communication Through the Life and Work of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Investigates the development of 20th Century American culture and communication through the prism of F. Scott Fitzgerald. A major writer, social observer, employee of the advertising and film industries and prominent public figure, Fitzgerald's life and work provide a rich context for examining various dimensions of American culture and for exploring the nature of authorship as an aspect of communication. Topics covered include: modernity, the rise of mass media, consumerism, social class, imperialism, mechanization, gender, youth culture and generational identity. Prereq: One 400- or 500-level HUMA course.
HUMA 680 - New England Culture: Roots and Branches
Interdisciplinary examination of the richness, variety, and significance of selective periods of New England culture using literature, history, art and photographic images, music, artifacts, and oral histories. Subjects include native American lore, European-American contributions to regional culture, New England's literary tradition and influence on American culture.
HUMA 795 - Humanities: A Study of Creativity
A study of human creativity through representative lives and works of such figures as da Vinci, Einstein, Kathe Kollwitz, Bach, Dickens, and Freud. Lectures, class discussions, films, and slides supplemented by gallery tours, plays, and concerts. Open to students with a background in humanities or by permission of the instructors. Writing intensive. Special fee.
HUMA 796 - Humanities: A Study of Contemporary Issues
Current social and political issues with focus on recent developments in public policy, science, and business, and their impact on social values. Prereq: junior status or permission. Writing intensive.