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Academic Program Guide


College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: BA
Specialized Admission: No

Contact: Dr. Kathryn Stoddard
Address: 438 Diffenbaugh, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1549
Phone: (850) 645-8292

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

The purpose of the Humanities major is to provide the opportunity for broad experience in the Humanities departments with enough study in one field to prepare for graduate work and to ensure against superficiality. Organization of knowledge along the lines of traditional departments is important, but great benefit may be derived from supplemental study in concentrations such as Classical Civilization, Contemporary Culture, Asian Studies, etc. The program not only gives the student a thorough Liberal Arts background, but also provides a valuable foundation for a variety of professional fields, such as teaching, journalism, law, librarianship, foreign service, the religious professions, music, arts administration, and government service. Furthermore, the Humanities play a fundamental role in medical education, according to the American Association of Medical Colleges.

Prospective transfer students should contact (Arts & Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admission and mapping requirements.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework: None

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .


Requirements for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences include:
The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major
To be admitted students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with an adjusted GPA of 2.00 on FSU coursework, and at least half the required hours in General Education, including freshman English composition and mathematics, or an AA degree.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: (42 hours; beyond General Education requirements)
42 hours beyond General Education, to be chosen from three approved Humanities departments/areas (listed below). A minimum of twenty-four (24) credit hours must be taken in the major at the 3000/4000 level. These hours will be distributed as follows:

Required Core Humanities Class (3 hours)
One of the following courses:

HUM2210 Humanities: Pre-history to Late Antiquity or
HUM2235 Humanities: From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment or
HUM2250 Humanities: 18th-Century Romanticism to Postmodernism

Group I: Primary Department Requirement (15 hours)
Fifteen (15) hours must be selected from one of the departments/areas listed below:

African-American Studies
Art History
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Classical Studies
Digital Humanities
Film Studies
History and Philosophy of Science
Modern Languages & Linguistics
Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Group II: Secondary Concentration (12 hours)
Twelve (12) hours must be selected from one of the departments/areas listed above.

The secondary department cannot be the same as the primary department.

Group III: Tertiary Concentration (12 hours)
Twelve (12) hours must be selected from one of the departments/areas listed above.

The tertiary department cannot be the same as the primary or secondary departments.

Upper-level Course Requirement (24 hours)
A minimum of twenty-four (24) hours of course work taken for the major must be numbered above 2999.

Minor: A separate minor is not required.

Digital Literacy: (3 hours)
CGS 2060 (3), CGS 2100 (3), CGS 2518 (3) or other University approved Digital Literacy course

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. The requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.

Requirements for a Minor in Humanities
No courses taken toward the Minor in Humanities can overlap with any other requirements (exclusive of writing or Diversity "d" classes). The undergraduate minor may be accomplished in one of the two following ways:

1. Fifteen semester hours, of which nine must be taken in one of the Humanities departments listed above, and six from one other Humanities
department from the same list. Six hours must be numbered above 2999.
2. Twelve semester hours in courses offered by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36
Major Coursework 42
Minor Coursework 0
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Digital Literacy 3
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total credits to 120

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at


1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
4. All coursework counted toward the Humanities major must be completed with a "C minus" or higher.
5. All coursework counted toward the Humanities minor must be completed with a "C minus" or higher.

Employment Information

Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major(Baccalaureate level): Teachers and Instructors(Kindergarten, Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education), Education Administrators, Museum and Art Gallery Curators, Art Directors, Interpreters and Translators, Management Analysts, Medical and Health Services Managers, Marketing Managers, Event Planners, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers, Public Relations Specialists and Fundraising Managers, Sales Representatives, Social and Community Service Managers, Training and Development Managers. With further study: Professors and Instructors (College and University), Medical Doctors, Lawyers, Clergy, Journalists, Urban Planners.

Representative Employers: Corporations, Libraries, Government agencies, Schools and Universities, Museums, Galleries, Churches, Newspapers/Magazines, Industry.

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