Bachelor of Arts in Humanities

Are you a human being? Do you want to reach your full potential? If you answered “yes” to both these questions, the humanities are a perfect area of study for you!

The Bachelor of Arts in Humanities will help you explore what it means to be truly human. We do this with courses in philosophy, literature, the arts, foreign languages, and the cultural heritage of the West. These courses all engage the Great Books as they address the Big Questions of life:

Who are we?

What’s real and what isn’t?

What is our place in the universe?

Is there meaning to life?

How should we live?

Program Objectives

Receive an education that equips you for a rewarding, successful career. With this educational asset, you will also be prepared for graduate studies.

Program Design

Our Bachelor of Arts in Humanities degree has several benefits:

  • All classes in the program are available fully online.
  • The degree consists of 40 courses—course length is eight weeks.
  • Depending on course load, you can complete the degree in three to four years.
  • Most courses are not sequential, offering flexibility in your schedule.

Looking for an excellent foundation for your education? Along the way, you will learn critical skills that are essential for success in today’s job market. You will become a better reader, writer, speaker and thinker—qualities in demand from nearly every professional employer. What can you do with a degree from the Department of Humanities? Basically anything! Our graduates are in business, medicine, the law and many other fields.

The online classroom lets you study at your own pace, which allows you to keep your current commitments while you enhance your career.

Christian Literacy (24 hours)
BI 1310 The Gospels
This course, using The Gospels, and questions of interpretation, evaluation, and application, will assist the students in greater understanding of this portion of the Bible. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
BI 1322 Acts of the Apostles
This course, using The Book of Acts, and questions of interpretation, evaluation, and application, will assist the students in greater understanding of this portion of the Bible. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
BI 2313 Books of Moses
This course, using The Books of Moses, and questions of interpretation, evaluation, and application, will assist the students in greater understanding of this portion of the Bible. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
BI 2324 Biblical Wisdom Literature
This course, using Biblical Wisdom Literature (Old Testament), and questions of interpretation, evaluation, and application, will assist the students in greater understanding of this portion of the Bible. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
BI 3310 Courtship and Marriage
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key ideas and issues in courtship and marriage. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from The Bible, Aquinas, Erasmus, Bacon, Austen, Homer, Plato, Lewis, Tolstoy, Aristotle, and Kass. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
BI 3329 Romans
This course, using Romans, and questions of interpretation, evaluation, and application, will assist the students in greater understanding of this portion of the Bible. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
BI 4317 Isaiah
This course, using Isaiah, and questions of interpretation, evaluation, and application, will assist the students in greater understanding of this portion of the Bible. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
BI 4327 The Twelve Minor Prophets
This course, using The Books of the Minor Prophets, and questions of interpretation, evaluation, and application, will assist the students in greater understanding of this portion of the Bible. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
Cultural Heritage Literacy (12 hours)
HU 1311 The Western Tradition I
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key ideas and issues in the Western intellectual and cultural tradition. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from The Bible, Plato, Aristotle, Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aurelius, and Augustine. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
HU 1322 The Western Tradition II
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key ideas and issues in the Western intellectual and cultural tradition. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from early church fathers, Boethius, Aquinas, Dante, More, Erasmus, and Machiavelli. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
HU 2313 The Western Tradition III
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key ideas and issues in the Western intellectual and cultural tradition. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from Pascal, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Rousseau, and Swift. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
HY 2321 The American Tradition
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key ideas and issues in the history and philosophy of the American intellectual tradition. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from Madison, Hamilton, Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, Emerson, Thoreau and A Documentary History of the United States. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
Mathematical and Scientific Literacy (9 hours)
BIO 1320 Biology
This course will examine through careful reading and extensive discussion key issues and concepts in biological studies. Some issues explored will include biological studies as a process, cellular structure and function, the theory of evolution, molecules, organisms, basic genetics and heredity, diversity and classification of life forms. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from The Bible, Aristotle, Galen, Lucretius, Harvey, Darwin, Bacon, Huxley, Dawkins, Stanley, Gould, Anastaplo, Berry, and Kass. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
MH 1312 Mathematics
This course will examine through careful reading and extensive discussion key issues in mathematical studies. Some issues explored will include number, figure, extension, relation, magnitude, multitude, continuous and discrete quantities, definitions, postulates, axioms, hypotheses, theorems, proofs, proportions, equations, measurement, limits, infinity, and certainty and exactitude of mathematical knowledge. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from Apollonius, Euclid, Archimedes, Nicomachus, Newton, Euler, Frege, Hogben, Hardy, and Lieber. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
PHY 2316 Physics
This course will examine through careful reading and extensive discussion key issues and concepts in physics. Some issues explored will include motion, velocity, acceleration, mass, energy, force, light, time, and space. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, Faraday, Maxwell, Einstein, Feynman, Heisenberg, Lightman, and Hawking. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
Information and Communication Literacy (21 hours)
EH 1311 Rhetoric I
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key ideas and issues in the history and philosophy of rhetoric. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from pre-Socratic authors, Plato, Aristotle, Plutarch, Tacitus, Cicero, and Isocrates. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
EH 1322 Rhetoric II
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key ideas and issues in the history and philosophy of rhetoric. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from Blair, Campbell, Richards, Vickers, and Weaver. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
LIT 2311 Readings in Literature
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to various genres of literature. Readings may include, but are not limited to works of epic, dramatic, poetic, and lyrical literature. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
EH 2313 Oratory
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key ideas and issues in the history and philosophy of oratory. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Cicero, Sextus Empiricus, Voltaire, Pater, and Fenelon. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
HU 1309 Technology and Society
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key ideas and issues in the history and philosophy of technology. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from The Bible, Bradbury, Postman, Aeschylus, Bacon, Petroski, Lewis, and Berry. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.

Foreign Language (two-year equivalent)

Personal and Social Literacy (6 hours)
PE 1311 Health and the Human Being
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key ideas and issues in the history and philosophy of the human body. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from Aristotle, Cicero, Bacon, Tolstoy, Waddington, Schall, and Kass. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
PY 2321 Psychology
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key ideas and issues in the history and philosophy of psychology. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from Hippocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Galen, Locke, James, and Freud. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
Upper Level Area Requirements (33 hours)
EH 3314 Grammar for Liberal Arts (Prerequisites: EH 1311, 1322)
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key ideas and issues in the history and philosophy of grammar. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from Plato, Aristotle, Quintilian, Augustine, Milton, Orwell, Adler, and Jespersen. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
EH 3325 Rhetoric for Liberal Arts (Prerequisites: EH 1311, 1322)
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key ideas and issues in the history and philosophy of rhetoric. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Demetrius, Longinus, Quintilian, Alcuin, Emerson, and Orwell. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
GB 3311 Introduction to Great Books I
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to a wider range of ideas and issues using various authors and disciplines. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from Freud, Thucydides, James, Chekhov, Smith, and O’Connor. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
GB 3322 Introduction to Great Books II
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to a wider range of ideas and issues using various authors and disciplines. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from Aristotle, Hobbs, Faulkner, Locke, Tocqueville, and Tolstoy. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
GB 4313 Introduction to Great Books III
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to a wider range of ideas and issues using various authors and disciplines. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from Dewey, Plato, Mill, Kant, Kafka, and Woolf. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
HU 4315 Music for Liberal Arts (Prerequisite: MH 1311)
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key ideas and issues in the history and philosophy of music. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from Plato, Aristotle, Boethius, Augustine, Bacon, Adler, Venable, and Scruton. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
HU 4324 Logic for Liberal Arts (Prerequisites: GB 3311, 3322, 4313)
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key ideas and issues in logic. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from Plato, Aristotle, John of Salisbury, Kant, and Maritain. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
HU 4326 Moral Philosophy for Liberal Arts (Prerequisites: GB 3311, 3322, 4313)
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key ideas and issues in the history and philosophy of virtue and vice. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from Plato, Aristotle, Epictetus, Cicero, Plutarch, Augustine, Aquinas, and Lewis. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
MH 3312 Geometry for Liberal Arts (Prerequisite: MH 1311)
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key ideas and issues in the history and philosophy of geometry. Readings may include, but are not limited to works of Euclid, Archimedes, Descartes, Barrow, Bonola, Hilbert, and Jevons. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
MH 3323 Arithmetic for Liberal Arts (Prerequisite: MH 1311)
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key ideas and issues in the history and philosophy of arithmetic. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from Plato, Archimedes, Nichomachus, Descartes, Pascal, Hardy, and Euler. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
PHY 3312 Astronomy for Liberal Arts (Prerequisite: PHY 2316)
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key ideas and issues in the history and philosophy of astronomy. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from Nicomachus, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Poincare, Hawking, Hubble, and Gingrich. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
Upper Level General Requirements (18 hours)
HU 4317 Dialogues of Plato
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to select works of Plato. Readings may include, but are not limited to Lysis, Meno, Apology, Timaeus, Republic, and Laws. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
HU 4328 Readings in Christian Humanism
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key ideas and issues in the history and philosophy of Christian Humanism. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from Tertullian, Jerome, Augustine, Ambrose, Aquinas, Dante, Petrarch, Milton, and Lewis. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
HY 4310 Ancient Historians
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key writings of ancient historians. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from The Bible, Herodotus, Thucydides, Plutarch, and Tacitus. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
LIT 4312 Epic Literature
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to key works of epic literature. Readings may include, but are not limited to Epic of Gilgamesh, Beowulf, Paradise Lost, and Canterbury Tales. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
LIT 4323 Readings in Literary Masterpieces
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to specific literary masterpieces not examined in other courses of this degree. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from The Bible, Ovid, Geothe, Dickens, Austen, and Tolkien. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
REL 4311 Readings in Religious Classics
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to religious classics of the Western tradition. Readings may include, but are not limited to works from The Bible, early church fathers, Augustine, à Kempis, Ignatius, John of the Cross, Erasmus, Bonhoeffer, and Lewis. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
Electives (6 hours)
HU 3309 Author or Idea (Independent Study)
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to authors or ideas in an individualized study. Readings will vary depending on interest and area of concentration. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.
HU 4309 Author or Idea (Independent Study)
This course will use Great Books selections to expose the student to authors or ideas in an individualized study. Readings will vary depending on interest and area of concentration. Using threaded discussions, written posted assignments, and online peer collaborative projects the student will develop thinking, reading, and communication skills.

Total Hours: 129

Prospective students enrolling in the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities program must meet the following admission requirements:

  • A high school diploma or GED. You must provide transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum major GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants out of school for more than 5 years are not required to submit ACT or SAT. Applicants out of school within the last 5 years must submit ACT or SAT. A minimum score of 18 on the ACT or 1290 on the SAT is required.