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Humanities, BA

Explore major themes of meaning, justice, and identity with a humanities degree at Seattle University. Customize your program for various career opportunities.

About this Program

Global Education for Meaning, Justice and Identity

Within the Matteo Ricci Institute, the Bachelor of Arts with a major in humanities invites students to learn from local, national and global voices to explore major themes of meaning, justice and identity.

Our humanities major also cultivates ethical awareness, artistic and creative sensibility and effective communication skills.

Students can customize their time in their undergraduate course of study to fit their future. 

The humanities major easily accommodates internships, study abroad and other kinds of experiential learning.

Our Matteo Ricci Core courses count directly toward your humanities major and provide you with an excellent foundation in academic, career and life skills. These skills include critical thinking, peacebuilding, analysis, global awareness and reflection.

Humanities students join a welcoming, diverse community of scholars in our lively, seminar-style humanities classes. 

In the Matteo Ricci Institute, we have a cohort model that helps students form lasting bonds with each other. Due to our small class sizes, professors are able to engage with students on a deeper level.

We also help develop more compassionate people who work for justice in our shared world.

The coursework and experiences develop students who are aware of their own cultural assumptions, effectively express themselves and are involved in meaningful work.

The purpose is, above all else, to foster a life worth living through a deeper sense of oneself and connection with our global community.

Humanities Degree at a Glance

Learn how this degree from the Matteo Ricci Institute will contribute to your career goals. Then, explore course requirements and see how impactful a Seattle University degree can be.

Choosing a major in humanities is a profound intellectual commitment. This expansive field delves into literature, philosophy, history, and the arts, cultivating critical thinking and a comprehensive understanding of human experiences. A humanities major offers a broad, interdisciplinary foundation, encouraging analytical skills and a nuanced perspective on the cultural tapestry of humanity, enriching your education and preparing you for diverse career paths.

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in humanities degree offers an opportunity for a course of study that constitutes both a core and a major. As such, students in Matteo Ricci programs do not have to complete Seattle University’s Core Curriculum.

The coursework invites students to learn from local, national, and global voices. It explores major themes of meaning, justice, and identity. It also cultivates ethical awareness, artistic and creative sensibility and effective communication skills.

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Three Year Plan of Study

Pursuing a minor in humanities offers a rich tapestry of intellectual exploration. You delve into the profound realms of literature, philosophy, history, and the arts, fostering a holistic understanding of human experiences. This interdisciplinary journey encourages critical thinking, emphasizing the interconnectedness of ideas across cultures and time periods. A humanities minor enhances your analytical and communication skills, fostering a deep appreciation for diverse perspectives. It complements various majors, providing a broader intellectual foundation. By immersing yourself in the humanities, you not only enrich your own worldview but also develop a nuanced understanding of the human condition, contributing to a well-rounded and culturally aware education.

Upon completing the core of their undergraduate studies, Matteo Ricci Institute students are able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Practice humanistic inquiry in matters of structural injustice and perennial human concern.
  • Utilize reflection consistent with Jesuit Catholic traditions in decision making.
  • Explain the impacts that social factors such as power or privilege have on their life circumstances and on those of others.
  • Contrast different conceptions of peace and justice.
  • Articulate ideas clearly and persuasively in context-appropriate speech and writing.

Upon completing their degree, Humanities graduates are able to:

  • Form connections between disparate courses and subject areas.
  • Demonstrate the relevance of Humanities concepts to contemporary issues and lived experience.

What You’ll Learn

Learn about the classes you’ll take as a student here.

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