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Bachelor of General Studies in Humanities

If you are curious and creative, have an open-mind and are adaptable, a focus on humanities can set you apart from your peers. In the humanities, all aspects of society are open for you to discover: film, art, communication, languages, philosophy and more. The BGA within humanities provides a broad range of courses and options that you'll find intellectually rewarding, primarily because you choose courses that match your own range of personal characteristics and interests. The humanities program does not have a predetermined list of required courses; instead students have the opportunity to work with an advisor to select courses tailored to their interests. This major will broaden your understanding of yourself and aid your interaction with the world, providing a perspective on cultural and mankind while offering specific tools to use that knowledge in the real world. Many of the skills that are gained on a humanities degree are highly sought after in almost every job.

Program Description

The Bachelor of General Studies in Humanities degree offers an interdisciplinary curriculum in which you'll develop the analysis and communication skills that employer’s value.  Courses are offered online, at night or a hybrid of both. Courses are scheduled in the spring, summer and fall, offering you the flexibility to complete the program on your timeline. Specific skills you will learn include:

  • Organize your work and meet tight deadlines
  • How to precisely convey meaning
  • Summarize, argue and debate your ideas
  • Research, select, analyze, organize and present information

Since you choose the courses to take, you take control of your learning.  You’ll be pushed to expand your ideas and widen your views, while honing in on the specific topics important to your life and career path. You can be confident that the skills and concepts taught in the humanities will position you to take the next step in life. Humanities degrees are highly sought after in almost every job.

Program Objectives

  • Analyze evidence to formulate an opinion, identify strategies, develop and implement solutions, evaluate outcomes, and/or draw conclusions
  • Identify and use correct technology to research, collect, analyze, and interpret data and effectively communicate information that educates and influences others
  • Apply a set of cognitive, emotional and behavioral skills that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts
  • Communicate effectively in both speech and writing
  • Understand the varying perspectives of the liberal arts and sciences and apply them to personal, civic or professional issues

The Program’s educational goals are:

  • Instill knowledge that we as a people are interconnected, and that individual behavior and attitudes can directly influence society
  • Endeavor an appreciation of the need for life long learning
  • Engage students to critically consider their role in society, their community, and how they affect change to make the world a better place



Core Curriculum (30 credits)

Includes two writing courses (including, Expository Writing or the equivalent); a Mathematics skills course; and at least one approved course from each of the following categories: Natural Science, Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Science; and additional liberal arts electives for a total of 30 credits.

Major Required Courses (24 credits)
Courses must be selected from at least two but no more than three areas in the humanities. There cannot be more than four courses from a single discipline.
Four (4) courses at the 100 or 200 level
Four (4) courses at the 300 or 400 level

Electives Courses

Any course from the Roger Williams University courses offerings, not previously taken for credit totaling 66 credits