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Humanities programs teach students about a culture through its creative expressions.

Humanities programs include topics such as:


In humanities programs, students may be able to specialize in:

Many colleges and universities offer interdisciplinary bachelor's degrees in humanities. Interdisciplinary programs combine courses from several college departments. In humanities it may be arts, literature, and religion.

A degree in humanities can provide good preparation for many graduate programs.


Most community colleges offer associate degree programs in humanities. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

Many colleges and universities offer a bachelor's degree in humanities. A bachelor's degree usually takes four years of full-time study to complete.

Some universities offer graduate degrees in humanities. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools may include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Electives vary with each student's emphasis.

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs that lead to a master's or doctoral degree typically include:

Things to Know

There can be considerable overlap between interdisciplinary studies, liberal studies, and humanities.

Some humanities programs offer gradually advancing core education requirements, and, similar to interdisciplinary studies, allow students to develop areas of emphasis.


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Central Washington University

Walla Walla Community College

Walla Walla University

Washington State University - Pullman

Wenatchee Valley College

Whitman College

King-Snohomish Area

Bellevue College

Everett Community College

Green River College

North Seattle College

Seattle University

Shoreline Community College

South Seattle College

University of Washington - Seattle

Spokane Area

Eastern Washington University

Spokane Community College

Whitworth University

Statewide and Distance Learning

Washington State University - Global Campus

Tacoma Area

Pacific Lutheran University

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Tri-Cities Area

Washington State University - Tri-Cities

Vancouver Area

Washington State University - Vancouver

West Side Area

Centralia College

Evergreen State College, The

Saint Martin's University

Skagit Valley College

Western Washington University

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Heritage University