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.
Read more...

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.

 

GTA Opportunities in HWC

The Humanities & Western Civilization Program seeks applicants for Graduate Teaching Assistantships. Teaching opportunities include Western Civilization and Kansas Environment and Culture. Courses in Humanities & Western Civilization emphasize the reading and discussion of influential writings and ideas that have shaped the intellectual and cultural heritage of the Western world. The Introduction to Humanities and Western Civilization I courses are writing intensive. Kansas Environment and Culture is a foundational course in the Kansas Accelerated Academic Program that introduces international students to the peoples and backgrounds of Kansas.

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

The Deadline for Applications is April 27, 2015

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Mid-America Humanities Conference
 
 

Seventh Annual Mid-America Conference in Interdisciplinary Studies

March 31 & April 1, 2016
at the University of Kansas

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Stop Day Walking Tour Friday, May 8, 2015

The traditional marathon Stop Day walking tour of the campus consisting of informal, peripatetic, Socratic dialogues growing out of various sites will take place on  Friday, May 8, 2015, from 9 a.m. to about 5 p.m. (bring friends and come and go as you please). The walking tour begins in front of the Natural History Museum, 14th Street and Jayhawk Boulevard, at 9 a.m.

In the event of inclement weather, we will gather in the portico of Lippincott Hall at 9 a.m., visit the Wilcox Classical Museum, and have lunch in the Kansas Union at noon. When the inclement weather clears, we will resume the walking tour at the appropriate time and place on the program.

Please Contact HWC for additional information; hwc@ku.edu

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