To satisfy the requirements for the minor in Humanities, students must complete:

  • HUM-201 or 202,
  • four additional courses beyond the introductory level in humanities disciplines selected in conjunction with the academic advisor and approved in advance by the minor oversight committee, and
  • HUM-450 and HUM-451.

No more than two courses used to meet minor requirements can be completed through the same academic department, while only one course may also contribute to a student major. Courses contributing to requirements of the minor cannot be completed using the pass/no pass grading option.

Humanities (HUM) Courses

201   History of Ideas in Context I

GER:  Dependent on topic; consult term-specific course listings  

Texts and ideas from a variety of disciplines and genres including the humanities, fine arts, and political philosophy in both Western and non-Western cultural contexts. Topics will vary.  4 credits.

202 History of Ideas in Context II

GER:  Dependent on topic; consult term-specific course listings  

Texts and ideas from a variety of disciplines and genres including the humanities, fine arts, and political philosophy in both Western and non-Western cultural contexts. Topics will vary.  4 credits.

301 Issues in the Humanities

GER:  TA (Textual Analysis)

Topic and themes vary each year.  All versions of the course address fundamental aspects of the humanities:  the role of interpretation in culture; the media and genres in which language is expressed; the way in which the humanities shape and are shaped by other dimensions of culture.  4 credits.

450 Humanities Capstone Symposium

Prerequisite: HUM-201 or 202 and declared minor

First semester of a year-long capstone experience for the Humanities Interdisciplinary Minor, meeting weekly. Focus on advanced research methodologies and disciplinary practices in the Humanities, with presentations and readings that represent all Humanities departments. 2 credits.

451 Humanities Capstone Symposium II

Prerequisite: HUM-450

Second semester of year-long capstone experience for the Humanities Interdisciplinary Minor, meeting weekly. Having completed HUM-450, students will prepare and present their own research, and organize a concluding academic conference. 2 credits.

The HUM IDM consists of six courses:

One of two chronologically based "history of ideas" course sequence, "History of Ideas in Context I" and "II." HUM 201 and 202 will satisfy a GER credit. HUM 201 will be offered Fall, 2014, taught by Drs. Ty Tessitore, PSC and Margaret Oakes, ENG.

Four courses from at least three humanities departments (from a list selected by the committee based on current curricular offerings) that develop the project in the student's proposal. · HUM 450, the seniorseminar, in which students will research and write a thesis and collectively plan a formal symposium at the end of the year to present their final papers at Furman Engaged.

For more information, please contact the chair, Dr. Margaret Oakes, English (FH 100-E), or any member of the oversight committee:

  • Dr. Bill Allen (MLL)
  • Dr. Bryan Bibb, (Religion)
  • Dr. Chris Blackwell (Classics)
  • Dr. Diane Boyd (CTL)
  • Dr. Tim Fehler (History)
  • Dr. Laura Kennedy (Music)
  • Dr. Sean O'Rourke (Communication Studies)
  • Dr. Jay Oney (Theater Arts)
  • Dr. Mark Stone (Philosophy)
  • Dr. Carolyn Watson (Art)

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