Arts and Humanities

Do you have a passion for art, literature, music, culture, religion, or languages? Do you like to create, read and write, and engage in discussions? If you do, then our Bachelor of Arts in Humanities might be exactly what you are looking for in a degree program. Humanities is a liberal arts major with a focus on courses from three humanities departments. This major can be customized to meet your interests and personal or career goals. 

Liberal arts majors have been successful in many industries; including business, government, and technology. Some of the most well-known liberal arts majors include:

  • Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO (B.S. in Communications);
  • Andrea Jung, former CEO of Avon (B.A. in English Literature);
  • Michael Eisner, former Walt Disney Company CEO (B.A. in English Literature & Theater);
  • Richard Plepler, HBO CEO (B.A. in Government);
  • Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO (B.A. in Medieval History & Philosophy);
  • John Mackey, Whole Foods Co-CEO (incomplete B.A. in Philosophy & Religion); 
  • Susan Wojcicki, YouTube CEO (B.A. in History & Literature);
  • Steve Ells, Chipotle Co-CEO (B.A. in Art History); and
  • Alexa Hirschfeld, Paperless Post Co-founder (B.A. in Classics).



As a humanities major, you have the opportunity to take a multidisciplinary approach to your studies by pairing coursework from departments as diverse as Africana studies, classics, English, linguistics, music, philosophy, religious studies, and theater arts. 

Degree Offered: BA
Credits: 120
Time to Complete: 2 to 4 years
Internship Required: No
Format: On campus and online
Locations: Pittsburgh 

Advanced Degree Options*

Master of Arts in Teaching with Certification in Comprehensive English

The College of General Studies and the Pitt School of Education have collaborated on a curriculum within the humanities major that incorporates all of the prerequisite course work needed for admission into the certificate program in comprehensive English education. This option may be used by students interested in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) offered in the School of Education. 

*Pending acceptance to the School of Education—completion of prerequisites does not guarantee acceptance.