The Humanities Major allows students to integrate courses from across humanistic disciplines with the aim of developing their intellectual, moral, civic, and creative capacities to the fullest. Works of literature, visual and performing arts, science, and history are brought into broader philosophical conversations that span the history of ideas. The major is premised on the idea that intellectual breadth and range is compatible with depth and focus.
Students begin their studies with surveys of foundational works, before participating in core seminars that model rich interdisciplinary dialogue across the humanities. After exposure to a wide range of humanistic disciplines, each student devises a unique concentration to develop into an original senior thesis.