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Minor in Humanities

What is a humanities minor?

Firmly centered in the liberal arts and sciences, a humanities minor is a course of study that develops creative problem-solvers and independent thinkers who can view issues from diverse interdisciplinary angles. A humanities minor provides an intentional method for complementing a major area of study with courses that tap the classics, modern languages, English, history, communication studies, philosophy, religion, art history, music history, theatre history, political thought and more.

Why minor in humanities at Furman?

As a private liberal arts and sciences university, Furman provides an exceptional environment for multidisciplinary studies, allowing students to find connections between myriad areas of interest. The humanities minor includes course options from more than a dozen academic disciplines. Small class sizes give students greater access to professors who are among the best in their fields. Our focus on engaged learning leverages Furman’s strong undergraduate research, internship and study away opportunities. Visit our campus or request information to learn more.

How will you learn?

The humanities minor offers students an opportunity to formulate a thesis that melds principles from several different disciplines. Erasing the artificial boundaries surrounding academic areas of study, the humanities minor at Furman allows students to train disparate scholarly lenses on an issue, problem, policy or idea resulting in a capstone thesis.

One of our graduates who is studying veterinary medicine in Scotland studied how animals are represented in popular film animation and how that affects zoo fundraising and conservation. Another student combined interests in music, dance, history and politics in a project about the Ballets Russes. One of our students is exploring stereotypes, whiteness and colorism and how those constructs shape the immigration conversation.

The possibilities for study are endless, but the outcome is singular. Students who are adept at bringing a multi-faceted approach to issues and decision-making make better leaders and practitioners in whatever field they choose.

Careers for humanities minors

Real-life decision-making doesn’t happen in scholarly silos. The practice of applying wide-ranging viewpoints to problem-solving is a skill coveted by any employer.

A humanities minor is useful in a broad array of careers, such as:

  • Social worker
  • Lawyer
  • Physician
  • Veterinarian
  • Health care professional
  • Community organizer or leader
  • Nonprofit director
  • Researcher
  • Teacher

Humanities courses

More than a dozen disciplines feed into the humanities minor depending on your individual interests and thesis proposal.

Studies in Humanities

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academic disciplines that funnel into the humanities minor
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Furman’s rank among National Liberal Arts Colleges in the Southeast – U.S. News and World Report
94.6%
Full-time faculty at Furman with the highest degrees in their fields

What our students say

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“The humanities minor was a really engaging way for me to pursue my interest in humanities even though I was a science major. It was flexible enough for me to customize courses to fit my interests and build lasting connections with the faculty and staff who supported me every step of the way. I'm still using what I learned from the minor even now in my degree in veterinary medicine to complete a thesis studying how race, nationality and religion affect the vet student experience!” – Akanksha Kaushik ’19, B.S. biology and interdisciplinary minor in humanities; student at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s humanities faculty represent decades of study and practical expertise. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

  • Erik A. Anderson
    Title:

    Department Chair, Philosophy; Director of Intergroup Dialogue Curricular Initiatives

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    Erik A. Anderson
    Title:

    Department Chair, Philosophy; Director of Intergroup Dialogue Curricular Initiatives

    Phone Number: 8642382418

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  • Bryan Bibb
    Title:

    Dorothy and B. H. Peace, Jr. Chair, Associate Professor of Religion; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

    Bryan Bibb
    Title:

    Dorothy and B. H. Peace, Jr. Chair, Associate Professor of Religion; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

    Phone Number: 8642943089

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  • Timothy Fehler
    Title:

    William E. Leverette, Jr., Professor, History

    Timothy Fehler

    Timothy Fehler
    Title:

    William E. Leverette, Jr., Professor, History

    Phone Number: 8642943347

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  • David Fink
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Religion

    David Fink
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Religion

    Phone Number: 8642943291

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  • Melinda Menzer
    Title:

    Chair & Professor of English

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    Melinda Menzer
    Title:

    Chair & Professor of English

    Phone Number: 8642943157

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  • Margaret J. Oakes
    Title:

    Professor of English

    Dr. Oakes

    Margaret J. Oakes
    Title:

    Professor of English

    Phone Number: 8642943148

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  • J. Aaron Simmons
    Title:

    Professor of Philosophy

    Aaron Simmons

    J. Aaron Simmons
    Title:

    Professor of Philosophy

    Phone Number: 8642943526

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  • Roger Sneed
    Title:

    Professor of Religion and Department Chair

    Dr. Sneed

    Roger Sneed
    Title:

    Professor of Religion and Department Chair

    Phone Number: 8642942188

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  • Mark Stone
    Title:

    Professor of Philosophy; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

    Mark Stone

    Mark Stone
    Title:

    Professor of Philosophy; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

    Phone Number: 8642943344

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  • FAQ

    How do I declare a minor?

    Like declaring a major, students meet with the minor chair to work out the details.

    How many minors can I declare?

    There is no limit to the number of minors a student can declare.

    Why should I pursue a minor?

    A minor is an excellent way to explore further interests, gain additional skills appealing to future employers, and discover connections between different subjects that interest you. Many students find that taking on a minor makes for a more well-rounded and complete educational experience.

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