BA in Humanistic Studies


Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Humanistic Studies offers a wide range of choices in the Humanities to students who wish to pursue a focused program of study that encourages inquiry into the human condition beyond the confines of a single discipline. The Core Curriculum provides a synthetic introduction to the extraordinarily rich traditions of the liberal arts within and beyond Western civilization.

The major prepares students to read, study, think, write, and articulate their ideas in the traditions of broad life-long learning and ethically responsible public service inherited from such exemplars as Socrates, Cicero, Petrarch, Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, and Simone de Beauvoir. Building upon this foundation, students choose major electives from a wide range of disciplines to further their understandings of the areas within the Humanities that interest them most. In both individual courses and the major as a whole, this program takes special advantage of the unique access John Cabot students have to the cultural, aesthetic, philosophical, and historical legacy of Rome and the Mediterranean — the ancient birthplace and Renaissance progenitor of our modern academic humanities.


Learning Outcomes for the Humanistic Studies Major

  • LOS 1: Identify, interpret, and develop explanations of major trends and features of Western (and to a much more limited extent, non-Western) historical, cultural, artistic, and intellectual development.
  • LOS 2: Identify, interpret and discuss key trends and developments in Western literature, philosophy, and art.
  • LOS 3: Apply knowledge and perspectives drawn from multiple humanities disciplines to new contexts.
  • LOS 4: Situate analytical position(s) within major approaches to one or more humanities disciplines, and defend such positions through well-researched, supported, and organized reasoning.
  • LOS 5: Develop an awareness of the importance of finding, using and producing reliable information so as to respect (and know how to respect) academic integrity and ethical standards in their academic work.

Requirements for the degree

A. The Proficiency Requirements of the University in English, Mathematics, and Foreign Language.

B. The General Distribution Requirements of the University in English, Mathematics and Science, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Fine Arts.

C. Core Curriculum (11 courses)

  • HS 120 Introduction to Western Civilization I
  • HS 121 Introduction to Western Civilization II
  • One of the following: AH 141 World Art I, AH 142 World Art II, AH 143 World Art III or AH 144 World Art IV
  • PH 101 Introduction to Philosophical Thinking
  • CL/HS 231 History of Ancient Rome and Italy or CL 278 Roman Literature and Society
  • HS/PH 223 Historical and Philosophical Aspects of the Italian Renaissance
  • EN 278 Classical Influences on English Literature or EN 245 Shakespeare
  • PH 304 Philosophy of Art and Beauty
  • RL/PH 224 Living the Good Life: Religious and Philosophical Ethics
  • HM 460 Research and Writing in the Humanities
  • HM 480 Senior Thesis

The University requires an overall minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses taken at the University with no more than two grades lower than C- in core courses required for the major.

D. Major Electives

Six courses, at least four of which are at the 300-level, from the following options. Students are strongly encouraged to choose their major electives according to a coherent plan addressing their academic interests. This program should be worked out by the students and their advisors.

  • Any 200 or 300 level Art History
  • Any 200 or 300 level Studio Art
  • Any 200 or 300 level Classics
  • Any 200 or 300 level English Literature
  • Any 300 level Italian Literature or Italian Studies
  • Any 200 or 300 level History
  • Any 200 or 300 level Philosophy
  • Any 200 or 300 level Religious Studies

Relevant courses from other disciplines may be considered, but require the approval of student’s advisor and the Humanities Department Chair.

E. General Electives sufficient to give a total of 120 credits.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

John Cabot University, founded in 1972, is an American liberal arts university offering undergraduate degrees to English-speaking students from all over the world. You will study in the heart of Rome, ... Read More

John Cabot University, founded in 1972, is an American liberal arts university offering undergraduate degrees to English-speaking students from all over the world. You will study in the heart of Rome, surrounded by culture, history, art, business, and politics. Read less