The Humanities and Liberal Studies Program’s reading list is inspired by the Great Books. The major offers its students a broad liberal arts education through a comprehensive study of the Western intellectual tradition as presented in philosophy, literature, theology, history and, to some extent, in the experimental sciences and mathematics. Under optimum circumstances, classes are conducted as seminars with a maximum enrollment of twenty students. This interdisciplinary major allows Ave Maria University to offer its students the opportunity to be nourished in a truly integrated curriculum, as with Great Books Colleges and Programs elsewhere. The Major in Humanities and Liberal Studies is a properly catholic discipline for a Catholic University.
Explore the Humanities & Liberal Studies Program
Welcome to the study of humanitas. Our students’ high standards of self-expression, the intellectually significant classroom conversation, and a unique program await you. Indeed, our students tailor their own path of studies by selecting suitable electives from the best courses that the university offers. As a result, the major offers a broad liberal arts education through a comprehensive study of the western intellectual tradition as presented especially in philosophy, literature, theology, the arts, and history. To major in humanities, we seek spirited students who love great books, beautiful language, and powerful ideas.
In addition to the core curriculum, humanities majors take the following courses
- HUMS 306 Humanities Seminar I
- HUMS 307 Humanities Seminar II
- HUMS 308 Humanities Seminar III
- HUMS 309 Humanities Seminar IV
- HUMS 490 Thomas More
- HUMS/LITR 206 Shakespeare
- POLT 402 Modernity and Post-modernity, POLT 403 Tyranny and
- Totalitarianism, or POLT 404 Technology, Science, and Politics
- THEO 309 Christ and His Church, or THEO 411 Advanced Scripture, or THEO 415 Special Topics
Sample Electives (12 Credits Required)
- GREK 203 Greek Readings: Prose
- HIST 366 The History of the British Empire
- HUMS 325 Jane Austen and Samuel Johnson
- HUMS 330 Shakespeare in Performance
- LATN 204 Golden Age Poetry
- LATN 304 Latin Church Fathers
- LITR 490 Senior Seminar: Literary Theory
- MATH 201 History of Mathematics
- MUSC 312 Survey of Western Music History I
- MUSC 313 Survey of Western Music History II
- PHIL 403 Political Philosophy
- PHIL 405 Philosophy of Science
- POLT 201 Introduction to Political Thought
- POLT 302 Catholic Political Thought
See the Academic Catalogue for course descriptions
John Colman, Ph.D.
Travis Curtright, Ph.D.
Barry David, Ph.D.
Andrew Dinan, Ph.D.
Education: B.A, English & Literature, LaSalle University; Master’s Equivalency, Pennsylvania State