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Humanities

Putting it all together: Learning as living

The Concordia humanities major emphasizes intellectual exploration to seek answers — recognizing that literature, history, and theology are connected in their attempt to make sense of the world. Both in and out of class, students explore the paradox, complexity, and mystery of humanity in multiple contexts — then use that knowledge to become effective leaders for our international community. Courses are simultaneously intellectual and practical, focusing on two basic questions of human existence: How can we live together more successfully, and how do psychology, politics, theology, history, philosophy, and literature inform and reflect this ongoing struggle? Through studies, discussions, and travel – both local and international – students become more informed citizens and develop problem-solving, critical thinking, and communications skills that are key tools for any profession.

Why Concordia?

A small, discussion-based class environment fosters an ongoing dialog between faculty and fellow students. Instructors quickly get to know students well, serving as both teachers and mentors. Interdisciplinary courses highlight issues from historical, political, and artistic perspectives. A humanities degree also provides an ideal entryway into graduate school and opens up many other career options, including teacher, artist, translator, journalist, social worker, human resources specialist, and event organizer, to name a few.

Fast Facts

  • Courses emphasize a global outlook, examining the interconnectedness of people throughout the world
  • Senior theses and independent studies challenge students to develop critical thinking, research, and communication skills
  • Career opportunities include teaching, writing, and social activism, as well as business and church leadership.

“I had a great experience at Concordia – some of the best years of my life. The highlights of the experience, and the element which I believe has facilitated of much of what I’ve done since, is the focus on relationship-based learning.”  – Bryant Carlson ’97