The minor in Humanities addresses the needs of students who seek to complement their major field of study with a solid grounding in the intellectual traditions and cultural practices of a particular area of world culture, or who wish to deepen and broaden their knowledge and understanding of a specific historical period. In addition, study in the humanities provides an excellent opportunity for students preparing for careers in the professions that require high standards of written and oral communication skills. Given its emphasis on text-based curriculum that encourages critical thinking, shared discussion, and written and oral analysis on significant topics, the Minor in Humanities prepares undergraduates to excel as they move forward into graduate or professional schools or the work force.

Requirements for the Minor

The Minor in Humanities requires 18 hours of coursework, 12 hours of which must be taken at the junior/senior level, and 3 of which may be shared with a student’s major.

Students selecting this minor must complete the following:

HUM 110Introduction to Humanities3
or HUM 111 Introduction to Humanities, Honors
or HUM 150 Civilizations and the Individual
HUM 205Western Civilization II3
or HUM 206 Contemporary Western Civilization
HUM 424Senior Seminar in Humanities3
Three HUM courses numbered 300 and above (nine hours), chosen in consultation with an advisor, and focusing on a specific theme.9

Minor Hours and GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and grade point average minimum standards:

Minor Hours

Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence

Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours

Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA

Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in all courses in the minor. GPA calculations include all courses in the field of study including Fs and repeated courses.