Humanities Department

BA - Humanities, Concentration in European Studies

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements44
Core Lower Division General Education27
Of the 39 units required by the university, 12 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement3
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
HUM 100W. Writing in the HumanitiesZ3
Preparation for the Major6-24
Complete one sequence from:
Humanities Sequence (all four courses must be taken). This series also meets the American Institutions requirement in full. See Advisor.
HUM 001A. World Cultures and Societies- HonorsC1+C26
HUM 001B. World Cultures and Societies- HonorsM156
HUM 002A. Honors - Modern World CulturesM146
HUM 002B. Honors - Modern World CulturesM136
Composition Sequence
ENGL 001A. First Year WritingA23
ENGL 002. Critical Thinking and WritingA33
or equivalent.
Requirements of the Major43
Core Courses10
HUM 085. Introduction to Liberal Education1
HUM 101. Human Life: Let's Think About It3
HUM 160. Special Topics in Humanities3
HUM 190. Senior Seminar in Humanities3
Major Courses21
Comparative Courses6
Complete two courses from:
AMS 129. How the World sees the United States3
AMS 159. Nature and World CulturesV3
CA 173. Thinking About Contemporary World ArtsV3
HUM 119. Myths, Heroes, and Global Cultures3
RELS 120. Censors and Icons: Arts and Religion3
RELS 131. Gender, Sexuality, and Religion3
Concentration Requirements15
HUM 119. Myths, Heroes, and Global Cultures3
HUM 120. Renaissance, Reason and Romanticism3
HUM 128. Perspectives on the Twentieth Century: The West in a Global ContextV3
Major Electives6
One course from each of the following areas:
Values and Ideas
HIST 124. Early Modern Europe4
PHIL 106. Philosophy of Art3
PHIL 107. Philosophy and Literature3
The Arts
ARTH 185. Art of the Classical World3
ARTH 187A. Art of the Italian Renaissance, Fifteenth Century3
ARTH 187B. Art of the Italian Renaissance, Sixteenth Century3
ARTH 187C. The Art of Renaissance Venice3
ARTH 188A. Northern Renaissance Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries3
ARTH 188B. Northern Renaissance, Sixteenth Century3
ARTH 189A. Baroque Art and Architecture in Italy and France3
ARTH 189B. Northern Baroque Art and Architecture3
ARTH 190A. Art of the Nineteenth Century3
CA 172. The Arts in U.S. SocietyS3
MUSC 110. Baroque and Classical Music History3
MUSC 111. Romantic and Modern Music History3
TA 120. Theatre History3
TA 121. Topics in Performance History3
TA 127. Contemporary TheatreV3
ENGL 125. European Literature: Homer through Dante4
ENGL 144. Shakespeare I4
ENGL 153. Studies in the British Novel Before 19004
FREN 120A. French Literature from the Middle Ages to 16004
FREN 120B. French Literature of the Seventeenth through the Eighteenth Centuries4
FREN 140A. French Literature of the Nineteenth Century4
FREN 140B. French Literature 20th-21st Centuries4
ITAL 101A. Advanced Italian4
ITAL 101B. Advanced Italian4
ITAL 102. Italian Culture3
SPAN 120A. Spanish Literature I4
SPAN 120B. Spanish Literature II4
SPAN 140A. Spanish American Literature4
SPAN 140B. Spanish American Literature II4
Politics and Society
ENGL 182. Women in Literature4
HIST 121A. Medieval Worlds, 400-10004
HIST 121B. Medieval Worlds, 1000-15004
HIST 122. The Renaissance and Reformation4
HIST 143. Europe, 1750-19004
HIST 144. Europe, 1900-19454
POLS 160A. Classical Political Thought3
POLS 160B. Modern Political Thought3
University Electives9-27
A minor is strongly recommended

Total Units:120