Humanities, B. A.

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Shaping insightful thinkers through liberal arts exploration

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.

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If you have an interest in a particular area, your faculty advisor will help you select courses that tailor your degree to the future you want. Students in our Humanities program can focus their studies in the following areas:

  • Comparative Cultural Studies
  • Philosophical and Cultural Ideas
  • Western Culture and Art

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.

Job Title Job Growth Average Salary
Advertising, Promotions or Marketing Manager 12% $115,750
Archivist, Curator or Museum Worker 11% $44,410
High School Teacher 6% $55,040
Historian 6% $52,480
History Teacher, Postsecondary 19% $68,970
Human Resources Specialist 7% $55,640
Middle School Teacher 12% $53,430
Paralegal or Legal Assistant 17% $46,990


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.”

Jack Resch, Program Coordinator and Professor of Humanities

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


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.

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Course Sequence

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Course Catalog

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