Matteo Ricci College
Degree Requirements


  • Part of being a great teacher is learning from great teachers. Matteo Ricci College professors use a variety of teaching methods, from lectures to seminar discussions to student-led classes, to engage students in every class.

    The courses in the Humanities for Teaching degree do not teach pedagogy, that is, how to teach, but focus more on developing the qualities within individuals that make them mature, responsible, knowledgeable, and ethical teachers.


    HUMT 1500 Composition: Language and Thought (5 credits)
    Study and practice in the arts of rhetoric: structuring arguments, controlling word-choice, sentences, paragraphs, and essays, to produce clear, convincing writing.

    HUMT 1510 Composition: Language and the Arts (5)
    Interdisciplinary study of artistic composition in a variety of art forms, with emphasis upon, and practice in, literary composition.

    HUMT 1520 Logic, Ethics, and Discernment (5)
    An introduction to the methods, analytical powers, and limitations of (1) formal and informal logic, (2) ethics as a largely secular discourse, and (3) discernment as a more personal ethical guide.

    HUMT 1610 Humanities: Introduction to Tutoring (2)
    HUMT 1620 Humanities: Introduction to Tutoring (1)
    HUMT 1630 Humanities: Introduction to Tutoring (1)

    A three-quarter theoretical and practical introduction to tutoring K-8 students. Supervised practicum in local schools. Learn more about internship opportunities.

    HUMT 1710 Humanistic Foundations of Education (5)
    The writings of great thinkers on educational ideas, e.g., Plato, Quintillian, St. Augustine, the Renaissance Humanists, St. Ignatius, Locke, Rousseau, Piaget, Montessori, et. al. Lectures, discussion, presentations, writing.

    HUMT 1800 Socio-Cultural Transformations: Ancient; Beginnings of Western Identity to 400CE (5)
    HUMT 1810 Socio-Cultural Transformations: Medieval; 400-1550CE (5)
    HUMT 1820 Socio-Cultural Transformations: Modern; 1550CE-Present (5)
    A three-quarter, interdisciplinary study of the evolution of major systems of meaning and value in Western civilization and the social expressions of these systems; emphasis on analysis of social and cultural phenomena and on interpretation of the personal and communal significance of cultural change in the past. The sequence of courses proceeds chronologically in order to reveal western culture's continuity and change over time.

    HUMT 2710 Seminar on Elementary Education (5)
    HUMT 2720 Supervised Internship in Elementary Education (5)

    HUMT 271 and 272 are linked courses and must be taken concurrently. Internship as a teacher's aide in an elementary school, coordinated with readings in related educational practice and problems; discussion, presentations, writing. Learn more about internship opportunities.

    HUMT 2730 Seminar on Secondary Education (5)
    HUMT 2740 Supervised Internship in Secondary Education (5)

    Equivalent to HUMT 271-272 for secondary education. Learn more about internship opportunities.

    HUMT 3010 Perspectives on the Person I (5)
    HUMT 3020 Perspectives on the Person II (5)

    Reflective and critical examination of the structures of experience which define and shape human reality from philosophical, theological, psychological, and literary perspectives; emphasis on understanding of self and on appropriation of a religiously grounded sense of care and responsibility at both individual and social levels.

    HUMT 3200 Acting for Future Teachers (5)
    Introduction to children's theater and to principles of acting; transforming stories into theater; developing stage presence; the everyday classroom as a stage; producing plays for children. Reading, writing, discussion, acting, in schools and in public.

    HUMT 3210 Cartooning for Future Teachers (5)
    Introduction to quick comic cartooning to gain and hold students' attention and to teach graphically. Shaping ideas into simple-to-comprehend pictures. Visual representation of everday objects and emotions.

    HUMT 3710 Education and the Polity (5)
    The changing roles of schools within society; the public debates surrounding those roles: ethical, political, and practical issues. Discussion, writing, and presentations.

    HUMT 3720 Leadership and Teaching (5)
    Diverse ways of leadership, including particularly from positions apart from office and title. Local leaders meet with students to share their own experiences. Examination of the teacher's multiple roles as a leader. Reflective writing and practical exercises; presentations.

    HUMT 3800 Cultural Interface (5)
    Interdisciplinary study of a contemporary “foreign” nation or culture in Asia, Africa, Latin America, or the Middle East. Emphasis on the intellectual, religious, historical, and economic roots of the culture. An attempt to move beyond the study of aggregates to know how individuals live and feel.

    HUMT 4000 Matteo Ricci College Seminars on Contemporary Problems (5)
    Seminars that engage students in social and cultural issues of the contemporary world, with special attention to local expressions of these issues. Emphasis on relationships among empirical data and the search for the normative and the ideal; attention to acquiring the additional knowledge, skills, and sensibilities required for successful completion of a comprehensive project in the Matteo Ricci College Capstone Courses.

    HUMT 4710 Jesuit Education (5)
    The origins and principles of Jesuit education, St. Ignatius to the present. Purposes and perspectives of specific techniques, extra-curricular activities, public service, concern for the poor and the marginalized.

    HUMT 4720 Jesuit Education Practicum (5)
    Students develop lessons and presentations grounded in Jesuit pedagogy and the Ignatian paradigm, working in their own prospective area of endorsement. Learn more about internship opportunities.