About

The Humanities major condenses art history, music history, and literature—cultural expression in every significant form—into one powerful major. You’ll survey the human experience through various lenses: One course might examine the art of the ancient Greeks, another might analyze contemporary music and songwriting, and another might examine Civil War literature. At Suffolk, you’re within blocks of thriving museums, landmark music venues, and libraries.

Often, Humanities majors continue to graduate school in art history, English, or other liberal arts disciplines. Others pursue careers in arts management and museum work.

Major Requirements

Major Requirements: 10 courses, 38-40 credits

Foundation Requirement (4 courses, 16 credits)

  • ARH-101 Art History I

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of the art of western civilization from prehistoric caves to the cathedrals of the Middle Ages. Works of painting, sculpture, and architecture are presented in their historical context. Course covers Egyptian, Ancient Near Eastern, Greek, Roman, early Islamic, Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • ARH-102 Art History II

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of the art of Europe and America from the Renaissance to the present. Works of painting, sculpture, and architecture are presented in their historical context. Course covers the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, and Post-Modernism.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

Choose one of the following courses:

  • ENG-113 World Drama I

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Survey of drama and theatre as part of world culture from classical Greece through 18th-century China. Normally offered yearly.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement,Cultural Diversity Opt B

  • ENG-114 World Drama II

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Survey of drama and theatre as part of world culture from the 19th century to the present.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement,Cultural Diversity Opt A

  • ENG-123 Great Books of World Lit. I

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Literary masterpieces from ancient times to the Renaissance, including: Homer's Odyssey, Sophocles' Oedipus, Virgil's Aeneid, selections from the Hebrew Bible and the Gospels, and Dante's Divine Comedy. List may vary at the discretion of the instructor.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • ENG-124 Great Books of World Lit II

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Literary masterpieces from the 17th century to the 20th, including Don Quixote (Spain), Faust (Germany), Madame Bovary (France), War and Peace (Russia) , One Hundred Years of Solitude (Colombia), The Rouge of the North (China), The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptomist (Israel), and So Long a Letter (Senegal). List may vary at the discretion of the instructor. Normally offered yearly.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

 Choose one of the following courses:

  • PHIL-210 History of Ancient & Medieval Philosophy

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The study of philosophical thought from the period of the ancient Greek philosophers through the Medieval thinkers, including such philosophers as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Zeno, Parmenides, Pythagoras, Protagoras, Augustine, Aquinas, Anselm, and Abelard. An introductory course designed to equip the student with a well grounded understanding and appreciation of Philosophy. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • PHIL-211 History of Modern Philosophy

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A study of the prominent modern thinkers, such as Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant. The course is an historical survey of the key concepts, problems and developments in modern philosophy including rationalism, empiricism, and skepticism. The following themes central to Modern philosophy will be addressed: the nature of reality; the limits of human knowledge; self and self-identity; mind and body; freedom in theory and practice; reason vs. sentiment in ethics. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

Advanced Courses (6 courses, 24 credits)

2 Art History courses at the 300-level or higher
2 Music History courses

2 courses in Literature and/or Philosophy selected from the following:

Notes:

  • A maximum of 4 courses taken at other institutions or as part of a study abroad program may apply toward the major.
  • Any Seminar for Freshmen with a topic related to art/art history, music/music history, literature, or other areas of humanistic inquiry may count toward the major with the approval of major advisor.

    Minor Requirements

    Minor Requirements: 6 courses, 24 credits

    Minors require six courses (24 credits) of coursework and are available in Art History, Music History, and General Humanities. See the Art History and Music History pages of the catalog for specific requirements.

    General Humanities Minor

    Required Courses (4 courses, 16 credits)

    • ARH-101 Art History I

      Credits:

      4.00

      Description:

      A survey of the art of western civilization from prehistoric caves to the cathedrals of the Middle Ages. Works of painting, sculpture, and architecture are presented in their historical context. Course covers Egyptian, Ancient Near Eastern, Greek, Roman, early Islamic, Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic.

      Term:

      Offered Both Fall and Spring

      Type:

      Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

    • ARH-102 Art History II

      Credits:

      4.00

      Description:

      A survey of the art of Europe and America from the Renaissance to the present. Works of painting, sculpture, and architecture are presented in their historical context. Course covers the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, and Post-Modernism.

      Term:

      Offered Both Fall and Spring

      Type:

      Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

    Choose one of the following courses:

    • ENG-113 World Drama I

      Credits:

      4.00

      Description:

      Survey of drama and theatre as part of world culture from classical Greece through 18th-century China. Normally offered yearly.

      Term:

      Offered Fall Term

      Type:

      Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement,Cultural Diversity Opt B

    • ENG-114 World Drama II

      Credits:

      4.00

      Description:

      Survey of drama and theatre as part of world culture from the 19th century to the present.

      Term:

      Offered Spring Term

      Type:

      Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement,Cultural Diversity Opt A

    • ENG-123 Great Books of World Lit. I

      Credits:

      4.00

      Description:

      Literary masterpieces from ancient times to the Renaissance, including: Homer's Odyssey, Sophocles' Oedipus, Virgil's Aeneid, selections from the Hebrew Bible and the Gospels, and Dante's Divine Comedy. List may vary at the discretion of the instructor.

      Term:

      Offered Fall Term

      Type:

      Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

    • ENG-124 Great Books of World Lit II

      Credits:

      4.00

      Description:

      Literary masterpieces from the 17th century to the 20th, including Don Quixote (Spain), Faust (Germany), Madame Bovary (France), War and Peace (Russia) , One Hundred Years of Solitude (Colombia), The Rouge of the North (China), The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptomist (Israel), and So Long a Letter (Senegal). List may vary at the discretion of the instructor. Normally offered yearly.

      Term:

      Offered Spring Term

      Type:

      Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

    Choose one of the following courses:

    • PHIL-210 History of Ancient & Medieval Philosophy

      Credits:

      4.00

      Description:

      The study of philosophical thought from the period of the ancient Greek philosophers through the Medieval thinkers, including such philosophers as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Zeno, Parmenides, Pythagoras, Protagoras, Augustine, Aquinas, Anselm, and Abelard. An introductory course designed to equip the student with a well grounded understanding and appreciation of Philosophy. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

      Term:

      Offered Fall Term

      Type:

      Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

    • PHIL-211 History of Modern Philosophy

      Credits:

      4.00

      Description:

      A study of the prominent modern thinkers, such as Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant. The course is an historical survey of the key concepts, problems and developments in modern philosophy including rationalism, empiricism, and skepticism. The following themes central to Modern philosophy will be addressed: the nature of reality; the limits of human knowledge; self and self-identity; mind and body; freedom in theory and practice; reason vs. sentiment in ethics. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

      Term:

      Offered Spring Term

      Type:

      Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

    Advanced Courses (2 courses, 8 credits)

    2 Art History or Music History courses at the 200-level or higher

    Notes:

    • A maximum of 2 courses taken at other institutions or as part of a study abroad program may apply toward the minor.

    Honors

    Students interested in honors should consult with the department chair during the spring semester of their junior year. Qualifying students must have a 3.2 overall GPA as well as a 3.5 GPA in Humanities courses.

    Honors candidates should register for HUM-502 in the fall semester of the senior year. Under the guidance of a faculty member, they will use this course to complete a research paper, which will be evaluated by all the professors in the student’s field of study. If the evaluation is positive, the student will make an oral presentation of the paper in the spring.

    • HUM-502 Honors Thesis

      Prerequisites:

      Permission of the Department Chair.

      Credits:

      4.00

      Description:

      A major research project completed under the supervision of a regular faculty member.

      Term:

      Occasional

      Type:

      Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement