Bachelor of Arts in Humanities


If you plan to major in humanities, you should give careful attention to the relationships among the courses chosen for major and supporting purposes. We also recommend that you consult with the program coordinator frequently regarding the most effective means for achieving a synthesis.

The following distribution requirements are expected to meet the needs of most students; other patterns may be developed with the approval of the program coordinator. In addition to the courses listed below, individual study of the classical languages, Greek and Latin, may be arranged.

Curriculum & Requirements

Humanities Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)


  • because this is an interdisciplinary major, all students are required to consult with the program coordinator when selecting courses for this major; 
  • 64 credits must be earned in courses not used for BACRs;
  • two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college-level foreign language is required.
Required Courses
Fine Arts—choose two or three courses from the following10
Art Department and/or Music Department and/or Theatre Department
Literature—choose two or three courses from the following10
English Department and/or Modern Languages and Literatures Department and/or Humanities
Philosophy—choose at least two courses from the following10
Department of Philosophy and/or Humanities
Social Sciences—choose two or three courses from the following10
Geography/Anthropology Department (courses in anthropology) and/or Economics Department and/or Political Science Department and/or History Department and/or Psychology Department and/or Sociology Department
Electives required in the major20
Choose any HUMN courses not used for BACRs. These courses may be taken from the participating departments’ offerings or from the Humanities program itself. Consult with the program coordinator.
Total Credits64

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Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully earn a BA in Humanities from EWU should be able to do the following:

  • demonstrate basic knowledge of the development of Western Civilization, including the influence on the culture from other civilizations;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the different areas and functions of a library and demonstrate practical use of information resources in simple but independent research;
  • distinguish basic forms and strategies of philosophy, literature and at least one of the arts and social sciences;
  • interpret experiences and information differentially, incorporating perspectives of those who are different in cultural background, age, abilities, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation;
  • write clear and effective English in a variety of rhetorical contexts.

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Garrett Kenney

Professor; Program Director of Humanities and Religious Studies
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  • PhD, Educational Leadership, Gonzaga University (1994)
  • MA, Religious Studies, Gonzaga University (1986)
  • BA, Religious Studies, Whitworth University (1980)

New Testament Studies, Religious Studies, Humanities