This interdisciplinary program is designed to provide a comprehensive foundation in the areas of English, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. You will analyze problems from multiple perspectives, appraise the influence of culture on ethical worldviews and values, and evaluate and test information as you develop new synectic approaches to problem-solving. With a B.A. in Humanities from Multnomah University, you will be prepared to embark on a fulfilling career or further graduate-level studies in law, education, government, research, and ministry.

Ways to study

Undergraduate (Major or Minor) | On-campus | Study Abroad (optional)

Program concentrations

English | History | Linguistics | Fine Arts

Course plan


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Discover More About Yourself and Other Cultures

As you devise a comprehensive, multidisciplinary perspective with Christian Theological principles, interacting with new cultures and places broadens your understanding and experience. Humanities majors may fulfill their degree requirements through Study Abroad programs with CCCU and VERITAS. Through these programs, you could study in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Italy, Rwanda, Peru, South Africa, South Korea, or Thailand.

Two female students abroad

Example Courses

The courses listed below are some of our featured core classes that will be a part of your educational journey here at MU. Take a look at each course for a small preview.

A social/cultural history of the United States. Issues of race, gender, religion, and the arts are considered. I. Progressive Era. II. Depression and World War II. III. Cold War Era. Offered alternate years.

A study of selected plays by writers from a variety of cultures, including American, British, and European. Attention will be given to how cultural considerations influence a playwright’s use of theme, tone, character, setting, staging, etc. Plays will be studies comparatively while retaining an emphasis on the individual expressing of each writer. Offered alternate years.

An introduction to the major themes and issues of the Protestant Reformation, including the Reformation in Germany, Switzerland, England, and the Catholic Response. Offered alternate years.

Exploration of the creative act, approaching writing as a means for discovering and experiencing both the created world and ourselves as created beings within it. Emphasis on original work in one or more major genres- for example, fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama. Offered alternate years.

Degree Requirements

Here you will find everything you need to know about what is required to successfully complete your degree. Whether you are beginning college for the first time or are a transfer student, we’ve got you covered.

Course Layout

Program Concentrations

As a Humanities major, you will choose two disciplines to determine the unique classes that you will take.

Discipline 1

English, History, or Fine Arts

Discipline 2

English, History, Linguistics, or Fine Arts *Students may also choose Philosophy, Creative Writing, Visual Arts, or Performing Arts if, at other accredited institutions, they have satisfactorily completed a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours of coursework in one of those disciplines.

Career Placement

Graduates from the Humanities program are equipped for a variety of careers. With your B.A. in Humanities, you will be prepared for roles or graduate-level study to move toward roles, such as:

• Linguist • Historian • Technical Writer
• Artist • Counselor • Teacher
• Event Organizer • Lawyer • Sales Agent