Interdisciplinary Major or Minor
(Bachelor of Arts)
Professors – Gregory Aldrete, E. Nicole Meyer
Associate Professors – David Coury (chair), Clifton Ganyard, Stefan Hall, Jennifer Ham, Aeron Haynie, Catherine Henze, Derek Jeffreys, Hye-Kyung Kim, Rebecca Meacham, Cristina Ortiz, Lisa Poupart, Brian Sutton, Bryan Vescio, David Voelker
Assistant Professors – Caroline Boswell, Hernan Fernandez-Meardi, J. Vincent Lowery, Christopher Martin, Charles Rybak, Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz, Heidi Sherman
Instructor – J.P. Leary
Lecturers – Carl Battaglia, Deborah Burden, Dianne Gordon, Kevin Kain, Karla Larson, Linda Toonen, Carol Van Egeren
Humanistic Studies is an interdisciplinary program that will help students develop a greater understanding of what it means to be human through the study of history, literature, philosophy, religion, languages and world civilizations. Humanistic Studies explores some of the central questions in life, such as the meaning of beauty, justice, and the “good life,” as well as the importance of language, culture and artistic expression.
The humanities comprise those fields that study human creations of all sorts, including literary studies, creative writing, linguistics, history, ancient and modern languages, cultural studies and philosophy.
The Humanistic Studies major offers four areas of emphasis:
- The western cultures emphasis. In this track students will study the development of values and their effect on cultural identity and change in western cultures from prehistory until the present. Students will also study values in other cultures to provide a basis for comparison.
- The ancient and medieval studies emphasis. In this track students will study the cultures and civilizations of the ancient and medieval worlds through courses in history, literature and philosophy as well as through interdisciplinary courses.
- The religious studies emphasis. In this track students will have an opportunity to understand how the religions of the world have affected values, human behavior, and human institutions.
- The American cultures emphasis. In this track, students will engage in an interdisciplinary study of the region that became the United States — not only as an expanding nation (after 1776) but also as a site of cultural contact and conflict, with emphasis on the histories, literatures, religions, and other narratives that have shaped American national identities.
The Humanistic Studies minor offers two areas of emphasis:
- One area emphasizes cultures and values.
- Another area emphasizes linguistics / teaching English as a second language.
While the factual content of Humanistic Studies courses ranges widely in subject matter, all courses emphasize a distinct set of broadly useful skills. Among these are the ability to express one’s ideas in a clear, organized, well-reasoned, and grammatically correct manner in both speech and writing; to think critically and analyze texts; to make arguments and present them effectively; to understand context (how history and culture shape us); to recognize and appreciate nuance and complexity of meaning; and to understand and appreciate cultural diversity.
A program in Humanistic Studies complements other courses of study. It is a natural accompaniment to majors or minors in History, Philosophy, English, French, German or Spanish, as well as First Nations Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. Humanistic Studies also complements majors and minors in business, the social sciences, the natural sciences, and the fine arts.
In conjunction with other courses of study, a Humanistic Studies major or minor is an excellent preparation for many graduate programs in the humanities and in law, medicine or engineering. The general intellectual skills emphasized in Humanistic Studies courses and the flexibility and versatility they impart help graduates succeed in today’s rapidly changing job market, where specific factual knowledge can quickly become outdated. The two most common career paths of Humanistic Studies majors are in the fields of education and business, but the skills acquired by Humanistic Studies students are applicable to nearly any career.
Students may study abroad or at other campuses in the United States through UW-Green Bay’s participation in international exchange programs and National Student Exchange. Travel courses are another option for obtaining academic credits and completing requirements. For more information, contact the Office of International Education at (920) 465-2190 or see http://www.uwgb.edu/international/.