What Is Liberal Arts?

Are you curious about the cultural evolution of mankind? Do you see yourself as a leader who can shape social policy? As a humanities major at SMWC, you’ll explore the vast skyline of humanity and become an effective leader in today’s complex and evolving world. Those who study humanities discover:

  • more meaningful involvement in their companies, churches, communities and schools
  • alternative spiritual and philosophical ways of thinking
  • in-depth cultural awareness and historical perspectives
  • intellectual integrity and stronger self-confidence


As a humanities major you can:

  • choose humanities courses in the order that you wish, in consultation with your adviser
  • have freedom to choose from many electives in the humanities and other areas 
  • also major or minor in another field, or take courses to develop personal interests or professional skills 
  • have close relationships with faculty from a number of different academic areas 
  • open the door to professional advancement and career opportunities
  • learn about literature, history, philosophy and theology
  • sharpen your critical and creative and communication skills
  • strengthen your research and organizational skills
  • develop sensitivity to your own interests and the interests of others, so that you can work with people in large and small groups
  • enrich your learning by participating in activities related to your interests, including singing, writing and publications, theatre and art

Humanities Major - (30 credit hours)

A baccalaureate degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College requires at least 125 credit hours. Humanities majors are required to complete 30 credit hours.

Required Courses

30 Credit hours required. Courses applied towards this major cannot be applied to general study requirements. Students majoring or minoring in history, literature, philosophy, or theology must choose an area of concentration different from the second major or minor.

Choose 6 credit hours. Contact your advisor for details.

Choose 6 credit hours.(his,lit,phil,or theo) (area of concentration) Contact your advisor for details.

Choose 3 credit hours. Contact your advisor for details.

Choose 6 credit hours. Contact your advisor for details.

Choose 6 credit hours. Contact your advisor for details.

Choose 3 credit hours. Contact your advisor for details.

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Practical Experience as a Student

Do you want to explore cultural themes through poetry or prose? Publish your work in SMWC’s literary magazine, Aurora. Can you see yourself examining the emotional process of human decision-making through art? Audition for a theatrical production or display your artistic talents in our student gallery. Are you more of a behind-the-scenes person? Develop your leadership skills with one of our nearly 30 clubs and organizations.

Through our dynamic Career Development Center, you’ll be able to test-drive different careers, network with experts and discover your niche in the world. You will also have the exciting opportunity to work in a groundbreaking virtual internship program. You will use cutting-edge technology to creative a collaborative environment that embraces diverse ideas, uses innovative approaches and makes a positive impact in the community.

Between the individual attention you’ll receive in class and the practical experience you’ll have out in the field, you’ll find yourself with many opportunities for success at The Woods. Are you ready to be empowered?

Careers in Humanities

As a humanities major at The Woods, you’ll gain unlimited understanding of the world, with a profoundly marketable degree that opens up many paths for careers and graduate study. Humanities majors consistently perform in the top tier on all graduate-level tests, such as:

  • Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
  • Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
  • Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT)
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Career Fields

 Many students who pursue humanities find their niche in:

  • Law: family law, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Healthcare: program directors, pharmaceutical companies
  • Education: teaching, higher education administration
  • Public Relations: advertising, development, media
  • Government: consumer affairs, travel, tourism

As a humanities major, you’ll analyze entire generations of leaders and visionaries. You’ll use your broad skillset to make well-informed decisions and develop creative solutions that make an impact in the world.

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