People interested in art, philosophy, writing, the social sciences, history, journalism, or a variety of other careers require talents that involve practice and study of their field, but also a wider understanding of the world in order to produce or create something that can relate to a population. This is done by creating a foundation including the knowledge and creations of people throughout history. Even students interested in fields only tangentially related to the humanities can benefit from a study of the humanities, including fields such as law, healthcare, education, public relations, and government. Through humanities students will analyze and learn from generations of leaders and visionaries and learn to develop creative solutions to make an impact in whatever field they go into.
Saint Mary of the Woods College offers an Associate Degree in the Humanities to students who are interested in the cultural evolution of society, or see themselves as leaders who can help develop our cultural heritage or shape social views or social policy. The program is a two-year degree intended to be the basis of further study. The program offers a liberal arts general education that the student can take anywhere as they discover their interests and decide the path their career will take. Students will develop their cultural horizons and develop their intellectual and philosophical way of thinking, as they develop a cultural awareness and historical perspective that forms the basis of a college education.
As part of the program, students will be required to complete their general education requirements in subjects including natural science, mathematics, communication, and other programs, and they will be required to choose an elective path which includes a wide variety of topics and interests in history, the humanities, interdisciplinary studies, literature, philosophy or theology.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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