Humanities Department

BA - Humanities, Concentration in Liberal Arts

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. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. 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).

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements47
Core Lower Division General Education33
Of the 39 units required by the university, 6 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 Education3
Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 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.
Consult Major Advisor for department recommended coursework to meet GE requirement.
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
Complete one sequence from:
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
Requirements of the Major43
Core Courses22
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
Comparative Courses12
Complete four 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 128. Perspectives on the Twentieth Century: The West in a Global ContextV3
RELS 131. Gender, Sexuality, and Religion3
Major Electives21
Choose seven courses from the following, at least two from each area:
History, Values and Ideas
AMS 169. The American DreamS3
GEOG 112. Nations, Cultures, and Territorial DisputesV3
HIST 155. 20th Century WorldV3
HUM 114. Legacy of AsiaV3
HUM 119. Myths, Heroes, and Global Cultures3
HUM 120. Renaissance, Reason and Romanticism3
RELS 122. Magic, Science and ReligionV3
RELS 137. Religion in the Black Community3
RELS 142. Contemporary Buddhism and its Roots3
RELS 144. Chinese Traditions3
RELS 145. Middle Eastern TraditionsV3
RELS 155. Pagan Traditions3
RELS 156. Islam, Politics and the West3
RELS 162. Religion and Political Controversy in the USS3
RELS 191. Religion in AmericaS3
PHIL 104. Asian PhilosophyV3
PHIL 112. American Philosophy3
PHIL 119. Africana Philosophy and Culture3
PHIL 122. Social Justice3
Arts & Pop Culture
AFAM 102. African-American Music3
AFAM 161. Black Images in American Film, TV and the Print Media3
AMS 179. American Popular Culture3
ARTH 182A. Art of the Americas3
CA 172. The Arts in U.S. SocietyS3
MUSC 111. Romantic and Modern Music History3
MUSC 117. Music and Culture in Latin AmericaV3
MUSC 120. Worlds of JazzS3
PHIL 106. Philosophy of Art3
RELS 120. Censors and Icons: Arts and Religion3
RELS 134. Religion Film & Media3
TA 120. Theatre History3
TA 127. Contemporary TheatreV3
COLT 121. Introduction to Comparative Literature4
ENGL 101. Introduction to Literary Criticism4
ENGL 123A. Literature for Global Understanding-The AmericasV3
ENGL 123B. Literature for Global Understanding-AfricaV3
ENGL 123C. Literature for Global Understanding-OceaniaV3
ENGL 123D. Literature for Global Understanding-AsiaV3
ENGL 125. European Literature: Homer through Dante4
ENGL 148. British Literature: 1660-18004
ENGL 149. The Romantic Period4
ENGL 150. The Victorian Age4
ENGL 151. Twentieth Century Poetry4
ENGL 162. Studies-American Literature Before 18654
ENGL 165. Topics in Ethnic American Literature4
ENGL 168. The American Novel4
ENGL 169. Ethnicity in American LiteratureS3
HUM 122. Topics in Comparative World Literature4
PHIL 107. Philosophy and Literature3
University Electives30
The Department highly recommends majors complete the following:
One year of college level foreign language or equivalent related to chosen area0-10

Total Units:120