Department of Comparative Humanities

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Bamba Ndiaye

Bamba Ndiaye, a doctoral candidate in the Humanities Ph.D. Program, won the 2018 Barbara Harlow Prize for Excellence in Graduate Research at the University of Texas at Austin's 18th Annual Africa Conference with a paper entitled "African American Evangelic Missions and Social Reforms in The Congo: The Activism of Reverend William Henry Sheppard."

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Student Guide

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.

Why study the humanities?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Visit College of Arts & Sciences Advising for assistance with your major or minor.

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Department of Comparative Humanities

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

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