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Athabasca University

Humanities Major

Regulations amended, effective September 1, 2020.

As a student of Athabasca University's interdisciplinary Humanities program, you will study how we have expressed our humanity on culture, literature, art, and philosophy. Students will draw on the knowledge and skills from across AU's range of humanities disciplines—for example; history, literature, and philosophy. Students learn the methods used by different humanities' disciplines to investigate human expression, and how to adapt elements of that expression in new ways. Students majoring in Humanities will also obtain basic reading knowledge of second language.

Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that can assist you in making informed decisions about your career options upon graduating.

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Students enrolled in the second undergraduate degree program are advised to select courses within the major that fulfill the Social Science requirements. Failure to do so could result in the student being required to complete more than 45 credits in order to fulfill all of the regulations.

Students who have any doubt about their essay writing, critical thinking, or library research skills are strongly advised to take one or more of the following courses at the outset of their university studies:

ENGL 255, PHIL 252, INFS 200.

Program Requirements

Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Requirements in addition to the general program requirements for the 4-year BA with Major:

  1. 45 credits in designated major courses including a minimum of 30 senior (300 and 400) level credits (a minimum of 12, 400-level credits).
  2. Within these 45 credits students must also complete 6 credits in a single language other than English (for example, FREN or SPAN) at the junior-level (200) or higher. Students may count these 6 credits towards the 21 credits required in the list of designated elective courses below.
  3. A minimum of 24 credits selected from the following interdisciplinary core courses including a minimum of 6 senior (300 or 400) level credits.
ARHI 201 A Survey of Western Art I: Looking at Art from Ancient Times to the Middle Ages (3)
ARHI 202 A Survey of Western Art II: Looking at Art from the Renaissance to Present Day (3)
CMNS 358 Popular Culture and the Media (3)
ENGL 255 Introductory Composition (3)
ENGL 303 A History of Drama Part I: Early Stages (3)
ENGL 304 A History of Drama Part II: Modernist Theatre (3)
ENGL 308 Indigenous Literature in Canada (3)
ENGL 316 Approaches to Literary Theory and Criticism (3)
ENGL 341 World Literature (3)
ENGL 423 Advanced Literary Theory (3)
GLST 308 Americas: An Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean (3)
HIST 371 Early Medieval Europe, 400 – 1000 (3)
HIST 372 High Medieval Europe, 1000 – 1350 (3)
HIST 373 The Renaissance (3)
HIST 404 Historical Foundations of Modern Science (3)
HIST 407 The Enlightenment (3)
HIST/GLST/WGST 460 Famous Feminists and Their Times: Global History of Feminism (3)
HUMN All courses  
HUMN/CLAS/HIST 309 Ancient Greece (3)
HUMN/CLAS/HIST 312 Ancient Rome (3)
HUMN/HIST/RELS 313 Early Christians (3)
INFS 200 Information Seeking & Society in the Information Age (3)
PHIL All PHIL courses  
RELS 204 Introduction to World Religions (6)

At least 21 additional credits from among the core courses or from among the following electives:

(The 6 language credits in regulation 2 above, may be counted towards these electives.)

ANTH 320 Ancient Cities and Civilizations (3)
CMNS 301 Communication Theory and Analysis (3)
CMNS 302 Communication in History (3)
CMNS 420 Topics in Communication: Children and Media (3)
CMNS 423 The Television Age (3)
CMNS 425 Film and Genre (3)
ENGL All ENGL courses, except preparatory (100-level) courses  
FREN 363 Le roman français du XXe siècle (3)
FREN 374 Litterature québécoise (6)
HIST All HIST courses  
INST 368 Indigenous Peoples in Canada to 1830 (3)
INST 369 Indigenous Peoples in Canada Since 1830 (3)
INST 370 The Métis (3)
MUSI 267 Sound and Sense: Listening to Music (3)
PHIL 252 Critical Thinking (3)
POLI 307 Political Ideologies (3)
WGST 200 Feminist Research and Women’s Lives (3)
WGST 266 Thinking From Women’s Lives: An Introduction to Women’s Studies (3)
WGST 401 Contemporary Feminist Theory (3)


Information effective Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021.

Updated April 08 2021 by laurab

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