The CGS Humanities BA major is being phased out, with no new students being accepted after September 4, 2020.

Students already admitted to CGS who are undeclared or declared in other CGS majors will not be allowed to declare or change their major to Humanities after September 4, 2020

Students already in the Humanities major will be able to complete their program as planned. Current Humanities students should contact their advisor for further information.  Current students will have until December 2028 to complete their degrees.

New students interested in interdisciplinary studies are invited to explore our other majors in the following career areas:

Media & Professional Communications | Health Professions | Public Service | Justice & Legal Studies

Humanities (BA)

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. And if you are thinking of pursuing a certificate or a Master of Arts in the School of Education, explore our pre-education option, which offers excellent preparation for admission to graduate studies.

Humanities degree graduates have a variety of skills that make them attractive to prospective employers. Career fields pursued by humanities graduates include the following:

  • Acting and drama
  • College administration
  • Event planning
  • Human resources
  • Politics
  • Teaching
  • Publishing
  • Journalism
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Public relations
  • Insurance
  • Real estate
  • Social work
  • Occupational therapy
  • Travel and tourism


Students must earn a minimum of 120 credits for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in humanities. Of this total, students must take a minimum of 36 credits (approximately 12 courses) according to the specifications below. All courses taken must be humanities related. See our General Education program page for the remaining degree requirements.

Standard Track

Humanities is a liberal arts major with a focus on courses from three humanities departments. The Standard track can be customized to meet your interests and personal or career goals. You will choose to concentrate in three areas from the list below and have the opportunity to take a variety of courses within those areas of study. 

Pre-Education Track

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. Completion of the prerequisites for the School of Education does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

Course Format

Many CGS programs offer a blend of face-to-face and flexible online class formats, all designed to meet our students' needs and schedule constraints. When considering what subjects to study in the Humanities, click here to view what courses are available online and visit CGS Courses to learn more about our flexible offerings and how to search for classes in the course catalog.

Prerequisites and Courses

Standard Track

Choose a minimum of 36 credits (approximately 12 courses) from any three departments/programs below. 


Please note:

  • At least five courses must be taken from one department, and at least three courses must be taken from each of the two other departments.
  • At least half of the courses taken for the major must be upper-division (1000-level) courses.
  • All courses selected for the humanities major must be approved by an academic advisor.
  • An internship program is available through the College of General Studies. Please see an advisor for additional information.

Pre-Education Track

Students pursuing this track take a wide variety of English courses in literature, writing/composition, and literary/film/media theory, in addition to a required foundations course in special education, for a total of 36 credits (approximately 12 courses).

Please note:

  • At least half of these courses must be at the 1000 level.
  • You are encouraged to participate in an internship during your degree program and may fulfill some CGS general education and major requirements by completing a study abroad program. 
  • All courses selected for the pre-education track must be approved by an academic advisor.

Requirements are subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.