BA in Humanities

Units required for Major: 39
Total units required for BA: 120

Program Description

The Department of Humanities and Religious Studies offers an integrated approach to the study of world cultures from ancient times to the present. In our courses, students undertake interdisciplinary study of core ideas, ideals, and values. The Humanities – known by Renaissance thinkers as studia humanitatis (“studies of humanity”) -- explore such subjects as literature, history, philosophy, religion, the visual arts, music, drama, and film. Religious Studies focuses on beliefs and practices of the world’s religions in their historical and cultural contexts. Employing the methods and insights of disciplines such as history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and philosophy, Religious Studies approaches its subject matter with empathy while avoiding assumptions or judgments about religious truth claims.

The BA in Humanities provides a strong interdisciplinary foundation in world cultures while also allowing students the opportunity to focus their studies on a specific era – such as the ancient, medieval, or modern eras – or on culture in a particular region.

Students in all five available programs acquire concrete skills in critical thinking, analysis, research, writing, and organization that lead to attractive careers throughout the job market. Many of our students prepare for careers in teaching at the elementary level (as part of a Liberal Studies major program) or secondary level (as part of a single subject credential program in English/Humanities). Others pursue postgraduate study in the Humanities, History, Theology, and related fields in preparation for careers in teaching at the community college and university levels or in library, museum, or curatorial work. Humanities majors are also well-prepared for careers in government and fields such as law and counseling, which require interaction with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Courses (12 Units)
HRS 10Arts and Ideas of the West: Ancient to Medieval 13
HRS 11Arts and Ideas of the West: Renaissance to Modern 13
HRS 70Arts and Ideas of Asia: Ancient to Medieval 13
HRS 71Arts and Ideas of Asia: Medieval to Modern 13
Required Upper Division Courses (9 Units)
HRS 105Approaches to the Humanities3
One course in the HRS 190 Seminar in Humanities and Religious Studies series3
HRS 195Seminar in Humanities3
Required Areas of Study (9 Units)
Select at least one from each of the categories A, B, and C:9 - 18
A. Ancient - Renaissance
The Culture of Classical Greece 1
The Culture of Classical Rome 1
Medieval Culture 1
Renaissance 1
B. Enlightenment - Postmodern
Baroque and the Enlightenment 1
Romanticism and Revolution 1
Birth Of The Modern 1
Global Crossings: Art and Culture 1945 to Present 1
Images Of America 1
C. Global/Non - Western
Introduction to Islamic Cultures 1
Introduction to the East Asian World 1
The Classical Culture of China 1
Modern Japanese Literature and Culture 1
Supporting Courses (9 Units)
Select up to three of the following with approval of HRS faculty advisor:0 - 9
Approaches to Religious Studies
Classical Mythology 1
World Mythology 1
Multicultural America 1
American Space and Identity 1
Hollywood and America 1
The Film 1
Contemporary Issues in Film 1
Women in Film and American Culture 1
Fantasy and Romance 1
Experimental Offerings in Humanities and Religious Studies
Special Problems
Total Units39

Note: With approval of HRS faculty advisor, a student may select up to two courses from the following departments: Art, English, Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy, or Theatre and Dance.

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects (9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking3
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (13 Units)
B1 - Physical Science3
B2 - Life Forms3
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5)1
B4 - Math Concepts3
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area C: Arts and Humanities (3 Units)
C1 - Arts3
C2 - Humanities 20
C1/C2 - Area C Course 20
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 20
Area D: The Individual and Society (9-12 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 30 - 3
Area E: Understanding Personal Development (3 Units)
Area E Course3
Total Units37-40

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (6-9 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI) 20 - 3
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (9-12 Units)
English Composition II3
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE) 30 - 3
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement 46