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Field of Study: Humanities


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



Humanities programs include topics such as:

  • Literature
  • Arts
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religion

In humanities programs students may be able to specialize in:

  • Film
  • Cultural studies
  • Classical studies

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.