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Humanities Department

BA - Humanities, Concentration in European Studies

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements21
Of the 51 units required by the university, 30 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
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
Preparation for the Major6-24
Complete one sequence from:
Humanities Sequence (all four courses must be taken)
HUM 001A. Background of Western Culture and SocietyM46
HUM 001B. Background of Western Culture and SocietyM26
HUM 002A. Modern Culture and Social InstitutionsM36
HUM 002B. Modern Culture and Social InstitutionsM16
Composition Sequence
ENGL 001A. Composition IA23
ENGL 001B. Composition 2C33
One year of college level foreign language or equivalent related to chosen specialty area0-10
Requirement of the Major43
Core Courses10
HUM 085. Introduction to Liberal Education1
HUM 101. Human Life: Let's think about it3
HUM 160. Seminar in Special Topics3
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 119A. Interdisciplinary Studies of Antiquity3
RELS 124. Literature and Religious Experience3
RELS 130. Psychology and Religious Experience3
RELS 131. Gender, Sexuality, and Religion3
Concentration Requirements15
HUM 119A. Interdisciplinary Studies of Antiquity3
HUM 119B. Interdisciplinary Studies of the Middle Ages3
HUM 120A. Interdisciplinary Studies of the Renaissance and Baroque Eras3
HUM 120B. Interdisciplinary Studies of the Enlightenment and Romantic Eras3
HUM 128. Perspectives on the Twentieth Century: The West in a Global ContextV3
Major Electives12
One course from each of the following areas:
Values and Ideas0
HIST 124. Early Modern Europe3
HIST 142. History of Science, Medicine and Technology in the Modern World3
PHIL 106. Philosophy of Art3
PHIL 107. Philosophy and Literature3
PHIL 108. Political and Social Philosophy3
RELS 151. Catholic and Protestant Traditions3
RELS 153. Jewish Cultures3
The Arts0
ARTH 185. Art of the Classical World3
ARTH 185A. Greek Art3
ARTH 185B. Roman/Etruscan Art3
ARTH 186A. Medieval Art from Fourth to Eleventh Centuries3
ARTH 186B. Medieval Art from Eleventh to Fifteenth Centuries3
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 118. Modern European Fiction3
ENGL 121. Introduction to Comparative Literature3
ENGL 125. European Literature: Homer through Dante3
ENGL 144. Shakespeare I3
ENGL 153A. Eighteenth Century British Novel3
ENGL 153B. Nineteenth Century British Novel3
FREN 120A. French Literature from the Middle Ages to 16003
FREN 120B. French Literature of the Seventeenth through the Eighteenth Centuries3
FREN 140A. French Literature of the Nineteenth Century3
FREN 140B. French Literature 20th-21st Centuries3
GERM 140A. German Literature from Goethe to 19003
GERM 140B. German Literature Before Goethe3
ITAL 101A. Advanced Italian4
ITAL 101B. Advanced Italian4
ITAL 102. Italian Culture3
SPAN 120A. Spanish Literature3
SPAN 120B. Spanish Literature3
SPAN 140A. Spanish American Literature3
SPAN 140B. Spanish American Literature3
Politics and Society0
ENGL 182. Women in Literature3
HIST 115. Ancient Near East3
HIST 116. History of Greece3
HIST 117. History of Rome3
HIST 121A. The Medieval World (300-1000)3
HIST 121B. The Medieval World (1000-1500)3
HIST 122. The Renaissance and Reformation3
HIST 143. Europe, 1750-19003
HIST 144. Europe, 1900-19453
POLS 160A. Classical Political Thought3
POLS 160B. Modern Political Thought3
University Electives20-48
A minor is strongly recommended

Total Units:120