Why study the Humanities?
The research interests of our faculty and students are as wide-ranging as the cultures and civilizations our 12 departments explore. We focus on the past, present and future — from exploring the earliest collections of Buddhist manuscripts to investigating racial bias in automatic speech recognition software.
The Simpson Center for the Humanities, one of the largest and most comprehensive humanities centers in the country, provides funding and support for fellowships, research clusters, graduate study groups, conferences, and symposia on a wide range of research topics.
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What do Humanities students do after graduating?
When you study the Humanities, you’ll develop the necessary perspectives and critical thinking to explore the big questions of what it means to be human in our interconnected world. Because these are skills that employers value, you can use your humanities education to pursue a career in many industries including business, health care, media and public relations, technology and education.
Classics has given me a framework for thinking about the world. It has given me the opportunity to study cultures different from ours but that also ended up as the roots of our own; to consider the past and how we perceive or interact with it; and to see those threads of shared humanity run throughout time.
Alumni Career Paths
- Sales development manager
- Public health researcher
- Web analyst
- Business entrepreneur
- Community organizer
- Digital content creator
- Literary translator
Whatever your interest, there’s a program in the Humanities Division for you.
Department of Asian Languages & Literature
- B.A., Asian Languages and Cultures
- B.A., Chinese
- B.A., Japanese
- B.A., Korean
- B.A., South Asian Languages
- M.A., Buddhist Studies
- M.A., Chinese
- M.A., Japanese
- M.A., South Asian Languages
- Ph.D., Buddhist Studies
- Ph.D., Chinese
- Ph.D., Japanese
- Ph.D., South Asian Languages
Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies
- B.A., Spanish
- M.A., Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies
- Ph.D., Hispanic Studies
Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
- B.A., Eastern European Languages, Literature, and Culture
- B.A., Russian Language, Literature, and Culture
- M.A., Slavic Languages & Literatures
- Ph.D., Slavic Languages & Literatures
Department of Scandinavian Studies
- B.A., Danish
- B.A., Finnish
- B.A., Norwegian
- B.A., Scandinavian Area Studies
- B.A., Swedish
- M.A., Scandinavian Area Studies
- M.A., Scandinavian Languages and Literature
- Ph.D., Scandinavian Languages and Literature
Department of English
- B.A., English: Creative Writing
- B.A., English: Language and Literature
- M.A., English: Language and Literature
- M.A., English: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
- M.F.A., English: Creative Writing
- Ph.D., English: Language and Literature
Department of French & Italian Studies
- B.A., French Studies
- B.A., Italian Studies
- M.A., French Studies
- Ph.D., French Studies
Department of Comparative History of Ideas
- B.A., Comparative History of Ideas
Department of Classics
- B.A., Classical Studies
- B.A., Classics
- B.A., Greek
- B.A., Latin
- M.A., Classics
- M.A., Greek
- M.A., Latin
- Ph.D., Classics
- Ph.D., Classics and Ancient Philosophy
Department of Cinema and Media Studies
- B.A., Cinema and Media Studies
- B.A., Comparative Literature
- Cinema and Media Studies
- M.A., Cinema and Media Studies
- Ph.D., Cinema and Media Studies
Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
- B.A., Near Eastern Studies: Comparative Civilizations
- B.A., Near Eastern Studies: Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East
- B.A., Near Eastern Studies: Languages and Cultures
- M.A., Near Eastern Studies
Department of Linguistics
- B.A., Linguistics
- B.A., Romance Linguistics
- M.S., Computational Linguistics
- Ph.D., Linguistics
Department of German Studies
- B.A., Germanics
- M.A., Germanics: Literature and Culture
- M.A., Germanics: Pedagogy and Culture
- Ph.D., Germanics
Explore some of the exciting courses offered in the Humanities Division. Seventy-five percent of Humanities courses have fewer than 25 students.
What have world travelers to the Middle East written about this region? Read travel writings by famed authors Mark Twain, Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta, Nasir Khusraw, Ma Huan, Freya Stark, Gertrude Bell, and others.
How has water's meaning changed as people become more conscious of risks in supply and access? Explore texts and other media from Europe, Africa, and the Americas that address the water crisis and reflect on the variety of aesthetic, cultural, and political responses to it.
Learn how biological and environmental factors shape language development in childhood, and explore how early language and brain growth inform children's opportunities to learn worldwide.
Ready to dive into the Humanities?
Learn a new language, explore cultures and broaden your perspective through the study of others.