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Bachelor Degree in Arts & Humanities

B.A./B.S. Major in Arts & Humanities Overview

Explore the captivating world of arts and humanities through our comprehensive major program. Immerse yourself in a diverse curriculum spanning literature, history, philosophy, visual arts and more. Nurture your creativity and critical thinking skills while gaining a global perspective on cultural heritage. Join our vibrant community of like-minded individuals and unlock exciting career opportunities in creative writing, art curation, education and beyond. Enroll today to ignite your passion and embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and intellectual growth.


College of Creative and Communication Arts

Department chair name:

Margaret Payne
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Program Coordinator:

Loren Warf,

Learning at FHU

Why study Arts and Humanities at FHU?
Discover the unique appeal of studying Arts and Humanities at Freed-Hardeman University. Unlike conventional major programs that impose rigid lists of specific classes, our Arts and Humanities major takes a multi-disciplinary approach, offering students the freedom to explore a diverse range of captivating courses within their chosen field.

With the Arts and Humanities major, you can unlock a world of possibilities as you delve into an extensive selection of courses across three fundamental categories: Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences and Math and Natural Sciences. Embrace your passion for creativity, culture, and critical thinking, while also gaining insights from various disciplines that complement and enrich your academic journey.

Embark on a transformative journey with our Bachelor's Degree in Arts and Humanities program. Immerse yourself in captivating subjects like literature, history, philosophy, visual arts, and more. Enroll today to unlock possibilities!

Program Highlights:

  • Cultural Awareness
  • Creative Expression
  • Problem-Solving
  • Empathy
  • Analytical Skills
  • Ethical Decision Making

Arts & Humanities Degree Requirements

I. Liberal Arts Core Requirements
  Listed in this catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Core
II. Major Requirements:*
Arts and Humanities 6
Arts and Humanities (upper-division)     12
 Social and Behavioral Sciences      6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (upper-division)    3
Mathematics and Natural Sciences              6
 Mathematics and Natural Sciences (upper-division)   3


*Courses taken must include three (3) writing (W) courses

III. Electives (including additional Bible)

Associate of Arts in General Studies – 60 hours

I. Liberal Arts Core Requirements
  Listed in this catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Core
II. Major Requirements:*
Arts and Humanities 6
Arts and Humanities (upper-division)     12
 Social and Behavioral Sciences      6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (upper-division)    3
Mathematics and Natural Sciences              6
 Mathematics and Natural Sciences (upper-division)   3

*Courses taken must include three (3) writing (W) courses

III. Electives (including additional Bible)

Frequently Asked Questions About FHU’s Arts & Humanities Program

Below are answers to questions prospective students often have when considering a major in Arts and Humanities. If you have additional questions or need more information, please contact admissions@fhu.edu and they will happily answer questions and provide additional details about our program.
What is the Arts and Humanities major at FHU?
Freed-Hardeman University offers an Arts and Humanities major that provides students with a comprehensive education in various disciplines related to human expression, culture, and creativity. The major allows students to explore subjects such as literature, history, philosophy, visual arts, and more. Through this program, students develop critical thinking skills, gain cultural understanding, and nurture their creative talents. The Arts and Humanities major at Freed-Hardeman University prepares graduates for diverse and fulfilling career paths, as well as graduate studies in related fields.
What are the benefits of majoring in arts and humanities at FHU?
Majoring in Arts and Humanities at Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) offers several significant benefits for students:

  1. Interdisciplinary Exploration: The Arts and Humanities major at FHU blends various disciplines, including literature, history, philosophy, and visual arts, providing a holistic and comprehensive understanding of human expression and cultural heritage. This interdisciplinary approach fosters a deep appreciation for diverse perspectives and enriches critical thinking.
  2. Creative Expression: Students in the Arts and Humanities major have the opportunity to express their creativity and explore their artistic talents. Through writing, visual arts, and other forms of creative expression, students can nurture their passion for the arts and develop unique voices.
  3. Versatility and Adaptability: Graduates of the Arts and Humanities program acquire versatile skills, such as effective communication, critical analysis, and cultural awareness, making them adaptable and valuable in a wide range of professions and industries.
  4. Diverse Career Paths: The Arts and Humanities major opens doors to diverse career opportunities. Graduates can pursue fulfilling careers as writers, journalists, educators, museum curators, public relations specialists, and more, aligning their career paths with their passion and interests.
  5. Cultural Understanding: The program promotes cultural understanding and empathy by exploring different cultures, historical contexts, and societal perspectives. Students gain a deeper appreciation for human expression and cultural diversity.
  6. Faculty Mentorship: At FHU, students benefit from dedicated faculty mentorship. Professors in the Arts and Humanities program offer guidance and support to help students thrive academically and personally.

By majoring in Arts and Humanities at FHU, students gain a transformative and intellectually stimulating experience, preparing them to become well-rounded individuals equipped to make a positive impact in their careers and communities.

What are some of the skills I will learn as an arts and humanities student?
As an Arts and Humanities student, you will develop a diverse set of skills that are valuable and applicable in various aspects of life. Some of the key skills you will learn include:

  1. Critical Thinking: Analyze and evaluate complex ideas, texts, and issues to form well-reasoned and informed opinions.
  2. Communication: Express your thoughts and ideas effectively through writing, speaking, and creative expression.
  3. Cultural Awareness: Gain a deeper understanding of different cultures, traditions, and historical contexts, fostering empathy and appreciation for diverse perspectives.
  4. Creative Expression: Explore and nurture your creativity, whether through writing, visual arts, performance, or other artistic endeavors.
  5. Problem-Solving: Develop innovative solutions to challenges, drawing from your knowledge of human behavior, history, and philosophy.
  6. Empathy: Understand and connect with others’ experiences, emotions, and perspectives, enhancing interpersonal relationships.
  7. Analytical Skills: Break down complex concepts and texts to identify underlying themes and meanings.
  8. Ethical Decision Making: Contemplate ethical considerations in various situations, considering moral implications and values.

These skills acquired through an Arts and Humanities education are not only valuable in pursuing careers in related fields but also in various professions and aspects of personal life, making you a well-rounded and adaptable individual.

What is the job outlook for students that graduate with an Arts and Humanities degree?
The job outlook for those who graduate with an Arts and Humanities degree is generally positive and offers a wide range of opportunities across various industries. While job prospects may vary depending on individual interests, skills, and the specific field of focus within Arts and Humanities, graduates often possess versatile skills that are in demand in today’s job market.

Here are some key points to consider regarding the job outlook for Arts and Humanities graduates:

  1. Diverse Career Paths: Graduates with an Arts and Humanities degree can pursue careers in fields such as writing, journalism, education, marketing, public relations, cultural organizations, museums, non-profit organizations, research, social services, and more.
  2. Transferable Skills: The skills developed during an Arts and Humanities education, including critical thinking, communication, research, cultural understanding, and creative expression, are highly transferable and sought after in various industries.
  3. Emphasis on Soft Skills: Many employers recognize the value of soft skills that Arts and Humanities graduates possess, such as empathy, emotional intelligence, and the ability to work collaboratively with diverse teams.
  4. Potential for Advanced Degrees: Some Arts and Humanities graduates may choose to pursue further education in specialized areas, such as law, education, social sciences, or arts-related fields, which can further enhance their career prospects.
  5. Entrepreneurship Opportunities: Graduates with a creative and innovative mindset may explore entrepreneurship and start their own ventures, such as freelance writing, art galleries, cultural event planning, or creative consulting.

While the job market is constantly evolving, Arts and Humanities graduates can find fulfilling and meaningful careers by leveraging their unique skill set and passion for creativity, culture, and critical thinking. It is essential for graduates to actively network, gain practical experience through internships, and tailor their resumes to highlight their strengths and expertise in the job application process.

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