In many ways, comparative humanities classes represent the essence of the liberal arts. They provide students with an opportunity to explore challenging ideas that enhance awareness and appreciation of the influence of art, history and culture in everyday life. Comparative humanities courses are therefore valuable for students who are majoring in the sciences, business, engineering or other non-humanities disciplines and who wish to add depth to their chosen field of study.
Non-majors find that comparative humanities classes improve their ability to consider topics and examine information in many different ways. This valuable foundation, along with the speaking and writing skills developed through analysis of comparative humanities topics, is highly transferable to other courses at Bucknell.
The minor in comparative humanities
Students majoring in other disciplines are encouraged to consider a minor in comparative humanities. This concentration develops deep cultural understanding, analytical ability and communications skills, all of which help distinguish the graduate as a flexible thinker and problem-solver in a competitive job market.
A minor in comparative humanities consists of five courses: at least two must be from the core course sequence (HUMN 128, HUMN 150 and HUMN 250); at least one must be a 300-level HUMN seminar; any remaining courses may be selected from HUMN courses.