Humanities Honors

The Humanities Honors program is an interdisciplinary and globally focused series of four lower-division courses that interrogate knowledge production throughout human history. In these team-taught courses, students integrate modes of knowledge production, literature, philosophy, art, culture, performance, ecology, and social institutions. 

Humanities Honors courses provide 24 units of general education credit: HUM 1A meets the arts and letters (C1) and human understanding and development (E) requirements; HUM 1B meets oral communication (A1) and critical thinking and writing (A3) requirements; for AY 22/23 HUM 2A meets oral communication (A1) and comparative systems (D2) requirements, and HUM 2B meets written communication (A2) and American institutions (US 1,2,3). Humanities Honors welcomes all students, regardless of GPA, to the program who desire to be challenged academically and develop a broader understanding of the world.

Students may take one, two, or all four of the Humanities Honors courses based on their general education needs and schedules. Flexibility has been intentionally built into the program to permit students to meet their educational goals in a manner that meets their needs.

For Academic Year 2022-2023, General Education requirements satisfied at a glance:

Course Area Lower Division General Education

HUM 1A

C1

Arts

HUM 1A

E

Human Understanding and Development

HUM 1B

A1

Oral communication

HUM 1B

A3

Critical Thinking and Writing

HUM 2A*

A1

Oral communication

HUM 2A*

D

Social Sciences

HUM 2B*

A2

Written Communication

HUM 2B*

US 1, 2, 3

American Institutions

*Starting in Fall 2023, HUM 2A and 2B will meet the following general education requirements. These changes are currently going through the approval process and course descriptions will be updated in the 2023-2024 catalog.

Course Area Lower Division General Education
HUM 2A

C1

Arts

HUM 2A

C2

Humanities

HUM 2B

D2

Social Science

HUM 2B

US 1, 2, 3

American Institutions

Humanities Honors courses do not cover general education areas:

  • A2 (written communication),
  • B1, B2, B3, B4 (all science and mathematical concepts, and
  • Second area D 

Information about General Education Areas can be found on the General Education Requirements page. Information about American Institutions Areas can be found on the American Institution Requirements page.