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General Studies: Concentration Humanities

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Why study General Studies: Concentration Humanities at APSU?

If you are a student with an earned associate's degree or have earned college credits with an interest in human culture and expressing the human mind, then this option can be designed to meet your career goals. It is more broadly based to gain the fundamental knowledge needed to promote the understanding of human existence and how it applies to the human condition.


What will I learn?

Students will learn the common issues surrounding human existence and the shared themes across language, literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, and/or communication. Ways to critically analyze human culture will be explored. A basic understanding of how individuals and groups create culture and/or how they are influenced by culture is introduced. Experienced advisors assist students to design an individualized degree plan that meets their career and/or graduate school goals.

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. 

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.

What Do General Studies: Concentration Humanities Majors Do After Graduation?

If you are interested in a career working in areas that depend on knowledge of culture and society and how people understand it, then this major can be used for entry-level positions that do not require specialized training. The positions may include working with diverse and versatile populations and may require the ability to draw from multiple knowledge bases. The degree may be an appropriate stepping-stone for students planning on additional study for an appropriate graduate certificate or a master's degree for initial teacher certification, communication arts, English, or history. 

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