About the Program
The humanities curriculum builds on the foundation of the Great Works Option at APU’s High Sierra Semester for fulfilling General Education core requirements. Great works of literature, philosophy, art, music, science, and theology offer the most enriching content of the liberal arts and of liberal education itself. These great works are living teachers speaking to each generation with rare wisdom and beauty. They illuminate the human condition with the most penetrating light from the entire spectrum of human inquiry. Through study of such works, students of the humanities integrate the liberal arts with one another, with education as a whole, and with Christian higher education in particular.
A liberal arts education prepares the student not for a specific profession but for life itself, for the moral, intellectual, social, civic, and spiritual maturity and growth that accompany a life well-lived. A successful liberal education prepares the student for the proper ordering of all spheres of life and for a lifetime of learning. The first task of the liberal arts is to secure the liberation of the mind from those many fetters that can bind it: notably ignorance, prejudice, and the influence of the passions. In and through this essential freedom, the freedom of the mind, “humanity” manifests itself. The integrative principle of the liberal arts is this idea, humanitas, the root of humanities.
The Humanities Program also offers students the option to obtain a minor in the great works. Learn more about program requirements for the minor.