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College of Arts and Letters
Hagg-Sauer Hall 218-755-2880


Dr. Rose Weaver (Coordinator;, Dr. Elizabeth Dunn, Dr. Mary Hrenchir, Dr. Brendan McManus, Dr. Carol Porterfield Milowski

Area of Study

The humanities are devoted to the study of human values and the spirit of humanity. The Humanities program has three major objectives: 1) to provide a multiple frame of reference for the analysis and interpretation of the sources and evolution of the humanities; 2) to foster increased awareness of the unique values inherent in each of the humanistic disciplines, while acquainting the student with the interrelationships among art, music, philosophy, language, literature, and history; 3) to establish, through the cultivation of curiosity and multicultural understanding, the breadth of background necessary for successful careers in government, business, or the professions.

Note: Students who major in Humanities should consider completing a second major. The breadth of the Humanities major and the focus on ideas that have shaped civilization is well complemented by specialized study outside the humanities. Such a double major improves students' professional preparedness and may increase career and graduate study options.


See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation.

Recommended High School Courses

Second Majors and Minors

Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisor the option of a second major or minor that might strengthen or complement their major.

Career Directions

See "Note" in program description.

Credit Requirement

Transfer Students: At least one-third of the credits to be included in the major must be successfully completed at Bemidji State University.

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