The humanities program allows students to design their own interdisciplinary major around a specific research interest. The highly motivated and able student is offered the opportunity to fashion his or her own course of study as a major for the B.A. degree. Each applicant to the program consults with the humanities advisor to design a major consisting of 42 credit hours beyond the university's basic education requirements.
Each course in the individual program of study must clearly contribute to a coherent major with a focus on a particular theme, idea, or question. That interdisciplinary subject may be as specific as Health Care Policy, or as comprehensive as Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.
Each humanities major writes a senior thesis that addresses a particular aspect, case, application, or interpretation of the chosen topic. On occasion the thesis may be an original creative work such as a novel, a drama, a collection of poems, or a piece of music. Humanities seniors present their thesis findings at a conference for the academic community each semester.