The humanities attempt to make sense of our human experience. They explore, for example, what makes a society just, or why a free society is best. They tell us about our history, and about our imagination as expressed in painting, film or literature. They explore how we can best communicate, and how to think about the social and philosophical implications of other disciplines such as science and technology.
Our curriculum emphasizes a solid liberal arts education while encouraging creativity:
- It provides a solid foundation in the different areas of the humanities and allied social sciences. Our students take challenging courses in philosophy, literature, history, communication, psychology and economics.
- Most of our humanities courses follow the Great Books method, which requires that the students read classic texts and come to discuss them in small classes under the guidance of a highly qualified professor. In contrast with lectures, this method sharpens the students’ reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.
- Apart from the more traditional areas, the department also offers a great variety of courses in such fields as creative writing and media communication (including radio, television, and film), as well as the opportunity to work in internships and to do individual or small-group research under the supervision of a faculty member (e.g. the Quest Program).
- In keeping with our theme of intellectual exploration, the major offers a large number of open electives. This feature makes it easy for humanities majors to become double majors. It also makes the major quite suitable for pre-law and pre-med students, as well as for those who plan to enroll in an MBA program or devote themselves to public service.
- All in all, however, the main appeal of our program is the opportunity students have to develop their creative intellect in an area of their own choosing. Under the tutelage of their Thesis Advisor, students design a series of no less than four related courses that will give them the background to write a Senior Thesis or carry out a Senior Project. A student may, for example, take courses in oral storytelling, creative writing, and playwriting, and cap this training with a play as a Senior Project. Perhaps the project would include a production of the play by LTU’s Society of Dramatic Arts. Or the student may take classes in art, aesthetics and neuropsychology, culminating in a Senior Thesis on the neuropsychology of art. The possibilities to mature as a creative thinker are endless.
The humanities curriculum will develop your ability to solve problems creatively, and to make imaginative and rational decisions – giving you an edge to succeed in the workplace as well as prosper in the competitive global economy of the 21st century.
Graduates with a degree in Humanities have many career options:
Lawrence Tech offers an Honors Program for those interested in being challenged at the highest level, while preparing you for a professional career or post-graduate education. Built around rigorous course work in the liberal arts, the program also includes special summer internships, assistance in researching and applying to programs for advanced study, and opportunities to develop your leadership skills.