Department of Comparative Humanities

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The CCHS is foregrounding humanities research through the Faculty Fellows program, as well as fostering interdisciplinary conversations on campus and actively engaging faculty with the community. The 2016-17 fellows are working on research as diverse as the nature of emotion, the ethics of interpretation, and issues in bioethics, civil rights history, and the politics of mixed-race identity.  Read more about the our faculty in the Comparative Humanities.

Programs and Minors

Jewish Studies (minor)
Choose from two minor tracks that involve themes and materials relevant to the Jewish experience.

Linguistics (minor, MA concentration, endorsement)
Study the history and variations of language structure to understand how it impacts world cultures.

Religious Studies (minor, BA concentration)
Study the various disciplinary approaches to religious traditions and phenomena.

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Comparative Humanities is an integrated, interdisciplinary learning experience with flexible curriculum that broadens the scope of the traditional humanities by examining the historical and contemporary diversity of cultures, religions, literatures and languages across a variety of media, geographic areas and historical periods.

The humanities have shaped our perception of reality, defined our understanding of humanity and built the intellectual and spiritual framework of our civilization. The study of the humanities is an interdisciplinary process that is fundamental to developing a conscious awareness of what it means to be human, to share in a common humanity, and to be engaged in lifelong learning.

There are two degree programs offered at the University along with five minors. They include:

Bachelor of Arts (Cultural Studies concentration) - This degree program offers students the opportunity to study a variety of disciplines within a particular historical period. Students may choose the Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance, Early Modern, or Modern period as an area of focus.

Bachelor of Arts (Disciplinary Studies concentration) - This degree program offers students the opportunity to study interdisciplinary relationships in arts and humanities in a variety of disciplines. The disciplines included are Art History, Classical and Modern Languages, Linguistics, Literature, Music History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Theatre Arts.

Find out more about majoring in Comparative Humanities.

Minors: Humanities, Linguistics, Religious Studies, and Jewish Studies.

Find out more about Comparative Humanities as a minor

Through the study of literature, religion, culture, linguistics, and other Humanities disciplines, the Comparative Humanities degree provides you with an incredibly flexible and useful degree. Critical thinking, writing, reading, and communication skills are emphasized in every course, and they are useful in every profession. Given the changing nature of the workplace, such flexibility is an asset. What’s more, because it is an interdisciplinary major you have the opportunity to think “outside the box.” And because it’s global, you’ll learn about the world, its peoples, and cultures.

  • Foreign Correspondence
  • Post-secondary Education Administration Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Art Museum Worker
  • College Professor
  • High School Teacher
  • Translator
  • PR Specialist
  • HR Specialist
  • Editor

The Major also offers a number of options, so if you are interested in Religion, you could work towards a Religious studies minor. If you are interested in Pop Culture, you could choose the Cultural Studies track. There are many options, and we will do our best to tailor the program to your interests and your career objectives.

Department of Comparative Humanities

Bingham Humanities 303
2211 South Brook
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

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