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2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Humanities, Global Humanities Program, B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences

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(SIMS Code: 113501)

All candidates for a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of this catalog on “Graduation Requirements .”

During their last semester, all seniors majoring in Humanities shall submit to the department a portfolio of their scholarly work that includes a 300-word summary of their study of the Humanities, the paper submitted for HUM 490 , and seminar presentation.

A minor is not required with this major.

Impacted Program

The Humanities major and emphasis are impacted programs. To be admitted to the Humanities major or emphasis, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete preparation for the major;
  2. Complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester units;
  3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

To complete the major, students must fulfill the degree requirements for the major described in the catalog in effect at the time they are accepted into the premajor at SDSU (assuming continuous enrollment).

Major Academic Plans (MAPs)

Visit for the recommended courses needed to fulfill your major requirements. The MAPs website was created to help students navigate the course requirements for their majors and to identify which General Education course will also fulfill a major preparation course requirement.

Global Humanities Program

Language Requirement

(14-25 units)

See departments for language(s) other than English for equivalents. This fulfills language degree requirement for the B.A. degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Majors in global humanities program require completion of additional courses beyond the third college semester or fifth quarter taught in a language other than English. Refer to selections below.


(20 units)


(23 units)


(23 units)


(23 units)


(23 units)


(20 units)


(23 units)

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Students must take HUM 390W  and earn a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.

International Experience

The department encourages international experience for students in the global humanities program. It will facilitate the transfer of humanities credits for appropriate study abroad, student exchange, or other overseas programs. International internships may also receive humanities credit if approved in advance by a department adviser.


A minimum of 30 upper division units to include

Upper Division

Six additional upper division units of global content that focus on a single geographical region beyond North America and Europe (e.g., Asia, Africa, Latin America) selected in consultation with an adviser.

Elective Approval

Elective courses taken to fulfill the major must be approved by the humanities undergraduate adviser.

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