Program at a Glance

Fall Spring
Year 1 HHUM105 (3 credits) HHUM106 (3 credits)
Year 2 HHUM205 (3 credits) HHUM206 (1 credit)

In addition to these courses, described in more detail below, you need to complete two, three-credit experiences selected from any of the following options:

You can combine elements of these three options, but you must complete a total of two such experiences. Although we encourage you to complete these courses during your first two years on campus, you may take up to four years to do so. Moreover, if you study abroad as a sophomore, you can return to complete our sequence of courses during your junior or senior year.

Year 1

Our courses explore the nature and functions of the humanities by celebrating their pleasures, by putting their ideas into action, and by confronting the big questions, both past and present, which they have helped us to ponder. Through our curriculum you will also begin to develop your own ideas about how to contribute to the field through your Keystone project.

HHUM105: Fearless Ideas in the Humanities (3 credits)

What are the humanities? We begin by exploring their history, their forms and their many functions. The humanities originated as a product of humanism, the fearless idea that humans are creative innovators. From this concept emerged democracy, innovation, philanthropy, individualism and much more. We explore these concepts across time and through literature, art, philosophy and music.

HHUM106: Arts & Humanities in Practice (3 credits)

This course builds on HHUM105 to explore what the Arts and Humanities do and how people do the Arts and Humanities, paying particular attention to how the Arts and Humanities function in the Washington, DC area. We will take a “critical engagement” approach, which consists of four inter-related humanistic modes of encountering the world in the Arts & Humanities: describing, interpreting, judging, and acting. We will critically engage with three prominent facets of humanistic inquiry and action: Creativity, Collective Memory, and Communication. Ultimately, this course seeks to equip students with the skills and resources necessary to practice the Arts and Humanities, including preparing students to design and complete their Keystone Projects.

Year 2

In the second year, students learn the global application and current relevance of the humanities, and are able to practice the humanities through completion of a keystone project. In addition to a seminar in the fall, students will participate in workshops to gain feedback on their keystone project along with their peers.

HHUM205: Global Humanities (3 credits)

The Humanities offer a series of dynamic approaches to real-world issues. In this course we examine what the humanities have to say about contemporary issues such as globalization, human rights, newer forms of engagement such as social media and video games, and the effects of technology on individuals and society. This course illustrates the relevance of the humanities to the contemporary world by examining ethical, social, and moral problems that challenge us today and by asking how the humanities can help us to understand and address these challenges. Below are the sections of 205 available for the Spring 2018 semester:

History, Memory and Human Rights in Latin America
Karin Rosemblatt
TTH 12:30-1:45

Cinema and Globalization
Luka Arsenjuk
TTH 3:30-4:45

Dancing in the World
Katherine Spanos
MW 3:30-4:45

HHUM206: Research Seminar (1 credit)

This one-credit seminar is designed to support your work as you complete the Keystone Project on which you have been working for the previous three semesters.

Involvement Opportunities in Honors Humanities

HHUM328: Internship

Students can enroll in this course to contribute to our program in various ways: editing the newsletter, organizing our annual Symposium, or serving as our photographer. The newsletter is a way we share what is happening in Honors Humanities with prospective and current students as well as alumni. Students can also enroll in this course to complete an internship outside of the program, for a non-profit organization, a museum, a government agency or any experience in which the Humanities are central to the work.

Internship Resources

Campus Organizations students are involved in include:

Students have had internships with:

For more information on internship opportunities, contact Kate Juhl at the Career Center.

HHUM329: Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship

Want teaching experience while on campus? Our students serve as teaching assistants in any one of our sequence of courses.

Honors Humanities Council

Want to get experience in leadership? Honors Humanities council members speak on behalf of the student body to staff about the needs and requests of students in the program. Previous council members have become SGA presidents, officers, and more. Learn more about the current council here.