The human studies program provides an integrated, interdisciplinary foundation of study for learners interested in considering the complex contexts that shape and are shaped by individuals as they develop and learn, enact their understandings, and travel through the life course. The curriculum emphasizes the holistic nature of human and non-human systems, and the ways these systems organize, interconnect, relate and evolve new forms and processes.
Human studies is an excellent choice for learners who are self-directed, critically and actively engaged in their own learning, and interested in doing academic work that resists and transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries.
**This program is not accepting new applicants for the 2017-18 academic year**
By intent and design, the human studies program exposes learners to a powerful holistic intellectual sensibility that can be harnessed on behalf of a wide variety of personal, educational, and professional endeavors. Human studies graduates participate successfully in post-baccalaureate and graduate-level training and education in disciplines and fields such as social work, education, counseling, psychology, art therapy and interdisciplinary studies. Human studies students go on to work in the helping professions, the social services, organizational and community development, the nonprofit sector, and education.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students earning their B.A. in Human Studies will be able to:
- Understand and apply a holistic, cross-disciplinary approach to consider the complex interconnections between individual, social, cultural, ecological, spiritual and historical contexts.
- Understand and enact theoretical frameworks, methodologies and practices used in human studies.
- Think critically and holistically about perennial and contemporary issues related to human experience.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of ways human beings learn, adapt and develop over the life course.
- Develop increased skills and confidence in thinking and writing in an integrative, interdisciplinary and scholarly fashion.