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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Humanities

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A candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree in English, English Education or Liberal Studies must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. The degree in English requires a total of 121 credit hours. Total credits include at least 48 credit hours of General Education courses. Additional courses may be required to build fundamental concepts. A candidate must earn the grade of “C” or better in all major courses. The Department of Humanities offers minors in French and Spanish.

The Department of Humanities has temporarily suspended the major in Spanish and the minors in African American Studies, Arabic, English, and History.

Departmental Purpose:

  1. Provide instruction to all Shaw University students in reading and writing skills;
  2. Offer students, through the history and humanities courses, knowledge of the past which should enable them to better understand the present world in order to prepare for the world of tomorrow;
  3. Contribute to the humanistic/ethical growth of students by providing them the cultural and historical backgrounds necessary for studying and appreciating the arts and universal human values;
  4. Provide students from different disciplines with liberal arts foundations, by strengthening their communication skills, enhancing their aesthetic and artistic awareness, and developing their critical thinking and problem solving abilities;
  5. Prepare graduates who wish to pursue English teaching at the secondary level;
  6. Prepare students for graduate and professional studies by developing their written communication skills, sharpening their analytical and research skills, and fostering an understanding of diverse human constructs as represented in written literature;
  7. Foster an understanding of self so that students can learn to function as literate members of society and as productive professionals;
  8. Provide students with an individualized program of study incorporating how two fields are connected and work in interdisciplinary ways;
  9. Provide students with the necessary skills to read write and converse in Spanish and other foreign languages;
  10. Provide students with in-depth literary, historical and cultural exposure in Spanish;
  11. Prepare students to enter graduate or professional studies to study Spanish as a discipline or to complement another course of study, and
  12. Prepare students to participate more fully in the global community.


    Bachelor of ArtsMinor


      ArabicEnglishResearch and PortfolioFrenchHistoryHumanitiesLiberal StudiesSpanish

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