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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.

Declare This Major

Current UT undergraduates interested in the humanities major should schedule a consultation with the Humanities academic advisor to discuss preparing a proposal. The proposal includes a contract of planned courses and a letter to the program director defining the goals of the proposed plan and defending its coherence. Students may revise the proposal several times in order to bring their ideas into focus.

Students with 30 or more credit hours earned at UT Austin and a GPA of 3.5 or better may apply for admission to the humanities program. It is recommend that students apply before accumulating 70 hours of credit. Students with more than 90 hours will probably not be admitted. View additional information on the humanities major and degree requirements.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

The Humanities major comprises 42 credit hours, chosen by the student in consultation with the program advisor and then submitted to the program director for approval. No student should embark on a humanities major without prior approval of the proposed contract. View all degree requirements, including the degree plan and contract requirements. View course descriptions of current courses offered by Humanities.

View sample contracts in the Humanities Program brochure. Humanities majors can use a contract worksheet to plan out coursework.


While there is not a specific specialization offered, humanities majors have the opportunity to create their own contract that reflects the unique interests of each individual ranging from pre-med to comparative literature to human rights. View sample contracts in the humanities program brochure to see the variety of topics that humanities majors have selected.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


Prospective humanities majors should be ambitious, creative, and interested in research. This major requires students to compose their own program of study and to research and write an honors thesis.


Students in the humanities major have research and writing skills, as well as analytical abilities across various disciplines. Each student can select a topic to research and study based on their individual contract, so interests may vary.