The Humanities and Western Civilization Program at the University of Kansas offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the intellectual and cultural practices and traditions in world civilizations, with an emphasis on the engagement of western civilization in the history of ideas and with other cultures. The program's focus on values, ethics, and civil debate is also reflected in its emphasis on critical thinking, reading and writing, and on individualized student advising and a flexible curriculum.

The B.A. in Humanities

The BA in Humanities is an interdisciplinary degree program that provides excellent preparation for 21st century careers. Students choose from three major tracks and complete coursework in three or more humanities departments or programs.
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Peace & Conflict Studies

The PCS minor is designed for students interested in careers in humanitarian aid, international relations, diplomacy, law and mediation.

The Graduate Certificate Program enhances the credentials of students seeking careers in government, international business, law and teaching.
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HWC and the KU Core

The Humanities and Western Civilization Program has courses that will fulfill each of the six learning goals as part of the KU Core requirements for incoming students beginning with Fall 2013. These courses are designed to instill in students the basic skills required in the University-wide core curriculum as well as the concepts, theories, and approaches of humanities disciplines. 

The Western Civilization sequence (HWC 204 Western Civilization I, HWC 205 Western Civilization II, and HWC 206 Contemporary Western Civilization) is an interdisciplinary program centered on influential writings from ancient times to the present.  Western Civilization I and II are a general education requirement for all B.A. and B.G.S. students and most B.S. students in the College and for all Architecture, Journalism and Social Welfare students admitted prior to Fall 2013.  All three courses are part of the KU Core for students entering in Fall 2013.

A full list of the HWC courses that fulfill each of the goals and learning outcomes in the KU Core is found under Academics.
 

What is the faculty like?

HWC faculty represent a variety of humanities fields, among them Comparative Literature, English Literature, French Literature, History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. They include senior, mid-career, and younger scholars and teachers, all holding the Ph.D. degree, with a wide range of teaching experience. Six have won major KU teaching awards including the H. Bernard Fink Award, the W. T. Kemper Fellowship, the Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award, the Outstanding Woman Educator Award, and the Award for Leadership in International Education. Read more...

How do I get into the program?

HWC has no entrance requirements. As an incoming student, you will automatically be enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, so you can begin taking courses that satisfy your major during your first year. You become a major when you fill out a major declaration form in the program office, 308 Bailey Hall. Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Humanities.

Where can I get more information?

For further information, write or call the University of Kansas, Humanities and Western Civilization Program, Bailey Hall, Room 308, 1440 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, KS 66045-7574. Telephone: (785) 864-3011, email: hwc@ku.edu.
Or you may request information online.

 

The Humanities and Western Civilization Program at the University of Kansas offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the intellectual and cultural practices and traditions in world civilizations, with an emphasis on the engagement of western civilization in the history of ideas and with other cultures. The program's focus on values, ethics, and civil debate is also reflected in its emphasis on critical thinking, reading and writing, and on individualized student advising and a flexible curriculum.

The B.A. in Humanities

The BA in Humanities is an interdisciplinary degree program that provides excellent preparation for 21st century careers. Students choose from three major tracks and complete coursework in three or more humanities departments or programs.
Read more...

Peace & Conflict Studies

The PCS minor is designed for students interested in careers in humanitarian aid, international relations, diplomacy, law and mediation.

The Graduate Certificate Program enhances the credentials of students seeking careers in government, international business, law and teaching.
Read more...

Western Civilization Courses

Western Civilization is a two-semester interdisciplinary program centered on influential writings from ancient times to the present. It is a general education requirement for all B.A. and B.G.S. students and most B.S. students in the college, and for all Architecture, Journalism and Social Welfare students.
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What is the faculty like?

HWC faculty represent a variety of humanities fields, among them Comparative Literature, English Literature, French Literature, History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. They include senior, mid-career, and younger scholars and teachers, all holding the Ph.D. degree, with a wide range of teaching experience. Six have won major KU teaching awards including the H. Bernard Fink Award, the W. T. Kemper Fellowship, the Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award, the Outstanding Woman Educator Award, and the Award for Leadership in International Education.

How do I get into the program?

HWC has no entrance requirements. As an incoming student, you will automatically be enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, so you can begin taking courses that satisfy your major during your first year. You become a major when you fill out a major declaration form in the program office, 308 Bailey Hall. Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Humanities.

Where can I get more information?

For further information, write or call the University of Kansas, Humanities and Western Civilization Program, Bailey Hall, Room 308, 1440 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, KS 66045-7574. Telephone: (785) 864-3011, email: hwc@ku.edu.
Or you may request information online.

 

New Course - GTA Opportunities

The Humanities & Western Civilization Program seeks applicants for possible Graduate Teaching Assistantships in a new course: HWC 175 Kansas Environment and Culture. This course introduces students to the peoples and background of the state through study of and writing about novels, memoirs, nonfiction, letters, films and works of art. This offering is a foundational course in the new Kansas Accelerated Academic Program for international students begin Fall 2014. Experience working with international students is preferred, but not required, for this position.

Interested applicants should complete the online HWC GTA Application form, submit a letter of interest, three references, and transcripts of academic work.

Additional opportunities in the HWC Program may include assisting with other courses as needed. The Deadline for Applications is May 14, 2014

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Mid-America Humanities Conference
Conference flyer (PDF)

The Sixth Annual Mid-America Conference in Interdisciplinary Studies

March 26-27, 2015
at the University of Kansas

*More information to follow

More information

Have you checked out HWC professor Devon Mihesuah's website: American Indian Health and Diet Project?
American Indian Health
The goals are to bring to light the health problems faced by indigenous peoples, to understand how we came to our unhealthy situations and what we can do about them.



Humanities and Western Civilization Program Awards

The Humanities and Western Civilization Program has received the inaugural Christopher H. Haufler Award for KU Core Innovation.  HWC has been recognized for the redesign of its curriculum to meet the educational aims of the Core, and receives $5,000 to enhance its Core courses.

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