Interdisciplinary Humanities

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This concentration provides students with a thorough understanding of the theory, methods, and history of the interdisciplinary humanities. Our students train in interdisciplinary work by combining the study of two disciplines or by focusing on a discipline and the culture of a specific historical period. The cultural periods are: Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance, Early Modern, and Modern/Contemporary.


(Minimum of 30 credit hours with a minimum of 15 credit hours at the 600 level—excluding the final project HUM 645 or HUM 655.)

Required Courses

Theories and Methodologies

One of the following:

HUM 609. Interdisciplinary Theory: Arts & Humanities
Methods and theories in interdisciplinary thinking and research emphasizing: 1) the interrelationships of the disciplines; 2) the importance of synthesizing art, theatre, literature, music, philosophy, and religion in a cultural context; and 3) the critical examination of issues arising from fields outside the humanities that have significant impact on the synergy with the humanities.


HUM 610. Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion
A survey of major theories and methodologies in the academic study of religion from a historical perspective.

AND one of the following (if not fulfilled in undergraduate coursework)*:

HUM 590. ST: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Humanities - WR
Interdisciplinary topics to be announced in the Schedule of Courses. May be repeated up to three times under different topics.


HUM 595. Principles of Cultural Studies - WR
The study of major systematic views of the development on Western culture.

* Students without either HUM 590 or HUM 595 in their undergraduate coursework (or a course in the HUM 591–596 sequence, if taken prior to Fall 2021) may be required to take one of these as part of their required courses.

Concentration Courses

First Core Area (12-15 credit hours) in one of the following areas:

Comparative humanities; art history, literature, classical and modern languages, linguistics, religious studies, Jewish studies, film, music history, philosophy, ancient studies, medieval-renaissance studies, early modern (17th and 18th century) studies, or modern/contemporary studies and theatre arts.

Second Core Area: (9-12 credit hours) in second discipline/area

Foreign Language Requirement

  • Foreign Language Basic Proficiency

Graduate Internship – Optional (3 credit hours)

  • HUM 650-03

Final Project (3 or 6 credit hours)

  • HUM 655 Directed Study (3 credit hours)


  • HUM 645 Thesis (6 credit hours over two semesters)

Sample Full-Time Course Sequence

Full-Time First-Year Schedule


  • HUM 609: Interdisciplinary Theory and Methods
  • HUM 590: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Humanities
  • First Core Area - Course 1
  • First Core Area - Course 2


  • HUM 610 (if appropriate)
  • First Core Area - Course 3
  • First Core Area - Course 4
  • Second Core Area – Course 1


  • Language Basic Proficiency

Full-Time Second-Year Schedule


  • Second Core Area – Course 2
  • Second Core Area – Course 3
  • HUM 653-01 – Graduate Internship or another Core Area course


  • HUM 655 (DSP option) - Defense
  • Core Area 2 Course


  • HUM 645 (3 credit hours)

Spring and Summer

  • HUM 645 for Summer Defense (3 credit hours)


Total Credit Hours: 30 with DSP and 33 with Thesis