The Arts & Humanities degree program is committed to maintaining a Christian perspective in higher education that aligns fruitfully with the teachings of the Orthodox Christian Church and embodies the core values of a liberal Christian education. We strive to develop each student’s ability to acquire and critically interpret knowledge in a range of six disciplines: Art, History, Literature, Interdisciplinary Studies, Music, and Orthodox Christian Theology.
The Arts & Humanities Program also equips each student to relate that knowledge to other subject areas in the liberal arts, and to communicate his or her understanding to others both within and outside the fields of the Arts & Humanities. The Arts & Humanities program will provide students with the knowledge in order to be equipped for graduate studies or careers in relevant fields, including education, law, communication, the arts, design, business, psychology, counseling, and theology.
The Arts & Humanities program at the University of Saint Katherine offers an Arts & Humanities Core of lower- and upper-division courses with five concentrations for specialization. In addition, students may choose an Interdisciplinary Studies track that combines an emphasis in an Arts & Humanities concentration and an emphasis in another field, with a methodology course to supplement the usual capstone project method and capstone project writing courses.
ARTS & HUMANITIES CORE
The Arts & Humanities Core commences with an introductory course in historical study (HIS100) that is meant to provide the foundations for approaching the study of human culture, which of necessity derives from the past. The three other lower-division A&H Core classes (ART100, LIT200, and MUS200) intentionally combine aspects of both historical or theoretical study and practical execution, whether of a painting, a poem, or a musical performance.
The upper-division component in the A&H Core (HUM300-400) begins with a course in Philosophy of Religion (HUM300), which cultivates a sophisticated approach to experience, knowledge, and faith. The final three upper-division courses – HUM305 Literature in History, HUM310 Iconology: Symbolism in Culture, and HUM400 Hermeneutics – explore various media of expression, methods of interpretation, and models of life.
The A&H Core is unique to the University of Saint Katherine. In the Orthodox tradition of integral knowledge, it is designed to endow students with critical acumen, epistemological humility, and a penchant for striving toward holistic understanding. Aligned with the University’s mission of “inquiry seeking wisdom” and the Interdisciplinary Core curriculum, it is an educational approach of seeking to follow the true Teacher, Jesus Christ, who is the “Wisdom of God’ (1 Cor. 1:24).
In addition to the Arts & Humanities Core, students majoring in Arts & Humanities will take 5 upper-division courses in a field of their choice, whether Art, History, Literature, Music, or Orthodox Christian Theology. The course descriptions for these courses can be found in the program description.
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES TRACK
In addition to the concentration-based model, the Arts & Humanities program also has an Interdisciplinary Studies track. Students in this track select two concentrations to emphasize, both of which must be from among the Arts & Humanities concentrations. Students majoring in IDS do need to take the Arts & Humanities Core curriculum. In addition, one upper-division Interdisciplinary Theory methodology course provides additional theoretical expertise as the student moves toward the commencement of their interdisciplinary humanities Capstone Project, for which they will enroll in the regular HUM498 and HUM499 sequence during their Senior year.