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All courses, faculty listings, and curricular and degree requirements described herein are subject to change or deletion without notice.

The humanities program offers interdisciplinary courses in history, philosophy, and literature, with a focus on major aspects of the Western humanistic tradition. In these courses, students examine the development of a wide variety of ideas and forms of expression that exert a major influence on modern America. Through lectures and class discussions, and through the writing of essays, students learn to interpret literary, historical, and philosophical texts and to conduct independent critical assessments of documents and ideas.

The sequence of courses, HUM 1 through HUM 5, meets the humanities and writing requirement of Revelle College. Instruction in university-level writing is part of all five courses, but students in HUM 1 and 2 (six units each) receive intensive writing instruction.

Students must have satisfied the UC Entry Level Writing requirement before registering for any part of the humanities sequence. HUM 1 and HUM 2 must be taken before HUM 3-4-5.

For detailed description of the Revelle College humanities requirement, see “Revelle College, General-Education Requirements, Humanities.”

The Humanities Minor

The humanities minor consists of seven courses from the departments in the School of Arts and Humanities: history, philosophy, literature, visual arts, music, and theatre and dance. The courses selected should be from at least two of the departments, five of which must be upper division. Courses must offer a broad treatment of centrally important topics in the humanities. Performance-based visual arts, music, and theatre and dance courses are not applicable toward the minor. Students may use the Revelle College humanities sequence (HUM 1–5) to satisfy up to two lower-division courses for the humanities minor. Courses for the minor may be taken Pass/Not Pass.

Prospective humanities minors must review their plans of study with the humanities adviser for approval. For more information on deciding to declare a humanities minor, see “Humanities Minor”.

The Humanities Majors

Normally, students interested in majoring in humanities must choose a specific major in the humanities departments, e.g., history, literature, or philosophy. But students from Revelle and Muir Colleges may request to graduate with an approved individual/special project major in the humanities.