The GRU Humanities Program consists of three components:
1. The Humanities Core Courses:
The heart of the Humanities Program is the two-course sequence World Humanities I (HUMN2001) and World Humanities II (HUMN2002), which are taken by every student as part of GRU's core curriculum.
This two-class sequence emphasizes critical thinking about and engagement with primary documents (texts, artworks, and musical works) to examine distinguishing characteristics of world cultures.
The course sequence holds a unique position within the GRU core curriculum. Its innovative combination of three-professor teaching teams, its emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches, and its commitment to active-learning, lab periods, and expanded class contact hours encourage an atmosphere of intensive inquiry. It constitutes the only class sequence of its kind in the University System of Georgia.
The Humanities core classes are rewarding and challenging both for students and professors. They require active engagement as we continually challenge ourselves to expand and revise our thinking, refine our ability to articulate complex ideas, engage in respectful scholarly discourse, and use critical thinking and creativity to engage major cultural works and practice scholarly habits of mind.
2. The Humanities Minor:
The Humanities Minor builds on the World Humanities I and II courses and is supported by a number of additional Humanities classes, cross-listed classes, and study-abroad offerings. The fifteen-credit-hour Humanities Minor is designed for students who wish to study art, literature, music, history, philosophy, and related fields beyond the two required World Humanities courses. It allows students to explore arts and culture from an interdisciplinary perspective. For more information about the Humanities Minor, please Click Here.
3. Cultural Programming:
The Humanities Program also provides cultural programming open to the entire campus as well as the wider community. See the Programs and Eventstab for current offerings.
Mission Statement of the Humanities Program
The humanities are a cornerstone of the liberal arts education that is at the core of Georgia Regents University's mission. The Humanities Program...
...promotes understanding of the human legacy and experience by offering classes and programming that investigate, especially through the media of visual art, music, and literature, prominent values, issues, traditions, and beliefs of major world cultures.
...strives to be a locus for interdisciplinary research and teaching, collaborative activities, and scholarly programming that contribute to cultural enrichment on campus and in the wider community.
...supports intellectual and creative excellence and innovation in teaching and research through grants, lectures, forums, visiting scholars, faculty development opportunities, and other means.
...encourages respectful critical discourse, synthesis of knowledge, awareness of global complexity, and enhanced understanding of how the past influences life today.