Matteo Ricci College
Degree Requirements


  • The foundation of the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities is a colorful and rigorous curriculum in the humanities which includes English, history, philosophy, theology, fine arts, law, psychology, sociology, and political science. The humanities core courses focus on developing the skills most needed for human interactions: reading, writing, listening, speaking, and collaborating. To do this, courses are kept small and taught seminar-style to emphasize dialogue between the students and interaction with the professors.


    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 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 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 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 Course, HUMT 401-402.

    HUMT 4010-4020 Matteo Ricci College Capstone Course (10)
    A two-quarter sequence, a project-based seminar that integrates and culminates the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities. Content features: empirical research on a social problem of choice; linking of empirical findings to public policy contexts; ethical critique and/or defense of decisions or positions taken. Pedagogical format: student teams instructed and guided by a team of faculty mentors.