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interdisciplinarity*: 

*the convergence of intellectual fields of study to stimulate new ideas, theories, and modes of thinking

 

The Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities embodies and embraces all disciplines.  Our students – those taking one or two classes as well as those who complete the minor – are trained to see patterns in intellectual history and human creation across disciplines.  Students can complete the six course minor with or without a culminating independent study thesis.

Why Interdisciplinary Humanities?

What are “the humanities” and what good can a humanities course do you?  Especially if you are pursuing a degree in law, medicine, science, politics or business, how can your career be enhanced by enrolling in humanities courses or by minoring in Interdisciplinary Humanities? Aside from the benefits to your career, how can humanities courses enrich your personal life?

The humanities are those disciplines that study human lives and human issues using methods that are primarily analytical, critical, interpretive, imaginative, and speculative. Humanities courses acknowledge ambiguity and paradox, allowing for differing interpretations and exploring questions which often have no clear cut answers. In contrast, other disciplines use empirical or quantitative approaches that yield more clear-cut data and answers.    Humanities courses help us make better sense of our own lives and of our world by introducing us to controversial and profound ideas and questions that cannot be answered with empirical or quantitative data.  These courses help us understand and appreciate the experiences of other people and other societies in the past and in the present. With this understanding, we are better able to address personal, political, and spiritual issues that confront us now. Humanities courses enrich our lives by addressing such personal questions as: What is most important in my life? What can I do to make my life better? How can I decide what is ethically or spiritually right for me? How can I address the challenges in my family, my community, my country and my world? How can I make informed decisions about current issues based on my knowledge of other cultures and of the past.

Join Us!

We invite you to read these pages and to meet with one or more of the Interdisciplinary Humanities faculty to discuss your participation.  Since the 1970′s, the Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities at Wake Forest has offered undergraduate students a forum for study in coursework that would not normally fall in the jurisdiction of our various departments. The Program is ideal for those whose intellectual interests attract them to the recently approved Interdisciplinary Major, but whose course schedule and trajectory do not allow time for that major.  (If you contemplate the full Interdisciplinary Major, visit http://college.wfu.edu/academics/interdisciplinary_major for more information.)

Interdisciplinary Humanities Minor:  Core and Elective Courses

Core Courses in the Minor

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CORE COURSES IN THE MINOR

 

 

 

Candidates for the minor are required to take HMN 200, HMN 220 and one of the following five courses HMN 290, 291, 292, 294, or 295, in addition to 9 hours of approved elective courses listed below, for a total of 18 hours. HMN 389 (1.5) and 390 (1.5), a year-long research project, can count as an elective towards the 18 hour requirement.

 

 

 

Students selected for participation in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Pathway to Medicine will complete the six course minor including HMN 389 (1.5) and 390 (1.5).

 

 

Content Clusters from Which Students Might Draw the Interdisciplinary Humanities Minor

THESE ARE THEMATICALLY ASSEMBLED COURSES OF STUDY WHICH WE ENCOURAGE CANDIDATES TO REVIEW AND CONSIDER.  AFTER COMPLETING THE TWO INTRODUCTORY 200 LEVEL CORE COURSES ABOVE, STUDENTS WOULD CHOOSE UP TO FOUR COURSES TO COMPRISE THE MINOR.

CANDIDATES FOR THE MINOR MAY APPLY UP TO TWO COURSES FROM LITERATURES IN TRANSLATION COURSES OFFERED IN THE DEPARTMENTS OF EAST ASIAN LANGUAGES, GERMAN AND SLAVIC LANGUAGES, ROMANCE LANGUAGES, AND CLASSICS.

Courses are subject to availability and space availability in a given academic year.

 

THESE ARE LISTS OF COURSES THAT COULD BE LINKED THEMATICALLY WITHIN THE MINOR.

 

HUMANITIES, CULTURE, AND HISTORY

Humanities and Nature (HMN 365)

Introduction to Linguistics (LIN 150)

Myth, Ritual, and Symbolism (ANT 336)

Culture and Nature (ANT 339)

The Individual and Society (SOC 325)

Communication and Ethics (COM 305)

Philosophy and Human Nature (PHI 114)

Ethnography and Religion (REL 305)

Independent Study Research Thesis (HMN 396)

 

 

HUMANITIES, IMAGINATION, AND THE ARTS

Art & Empire (ART 206)

American Drama (THE 375)

History of American Music (MUS 205)

History of Western Theater (THE 310)

Issues in Art History (ART 394)

Modern Art (ART 282)

Philosophy and Drama  (PHI 385)

Independent Study Research Thesis (HMN 396)

 

HUMANITIES AND ETHICS IN THE PROFESSIONS

America at Work  (HST 380)

Concepts of Health & Disease  (PHI 368)

Health & Human Services in a Diverse Society (CNS 335)

Humanities and Family Law: Child Custody  (HMN 379)

Medicine & Humanities (HMN 370)

Philosophy of  the Law (PHI 363)

Religion and the Law (REL 331)

Sickness & Health in American Society (HST 339)

Science & Religion in Early Modern History (HIS 311)

Independent Study Research Thesis (HMN 396)

 

HUMANITIES IN SPIRITUAL AND FAMILY LIFE

Contemporary Moral Problems (PHI 164)

Character and Virtue (PHI 280)

Fathers and Daughters: Humanities Perspectives (HMN 359)

Meaning and Happiness (PHI 116)

Modern Philosophy (PHI 241)

Religious Utopias and the American Experience (HST 381)

Religious Traditions and Human Rights (REL 345)

Independent Study Research Thesis (HMN 396)

 

PUBLIC HUMANITIES

The Gothic Cathedral (ART 253)

Studies in Modernism (ENG 365)

America at Work (HST 380)

Culture and Sitcom (COM 318)

Linguistics and Gender (ANT 333)

Religion, Poverty, and Social Enterprise (REL 245)

Gender, Race, and Class Since 1800 (HST 338)

Human Rights (POL 252)

Religious Tradition and Human Rights (REL 336)

Independent Study Research Thesis (HMN 396)