Department of Humanities
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The UW-Platteville Department of Humanities offers the student an interdisciplinary field of study. As an academic field, the humanities focus upon understanding the human condition through the contemplation and practice of the liberal arts. Students cannot major in the humanities as such but only separately in English, philosophy, and foreign languages. Complementary minors in these fields are also available for students who seek to add a concentration in the humanities to any major they may have chosen. The humanities form a field of study that does not automaticallyprepare students for one career track (except for those majors and minors designated "education," which prepare students to teach in Wisconsin public schools). Most humanities majors and minors prepare students for a variety of careers. Humanities graduates primarily land jobs in business, government, freelancing environments, communication and publishing, teaching, and other employment sectors. Many students choose a major in one of the humanities programs in order to lay an excellent foundation for graduate school, including advanced degrees in English, foreign languages and philosophy, law school, communication studies, and careers in student services, business, nonprofit organizations, and humanitarian sectors. Students in the humanities also gain valuable experience from participation in exchanges with local and international schools, presentations at academic conferences, and professional organizations, as well as education-abroad programs.
Graduates with a degree in any of the humanities programs should be able to:
- effectively communicate orally and in writing, in English and ideally in a second language
- interpret and evaluate information from a variety of sources
- make complex intellectual connections across disciplines, cultures, and institutions
- transform information into knowledge, and knowledge into judgment and action
- demonstrate intellectual agility and the ability to manage change
- discern the ethical consequences of decisions and actions
- acquire a deep understanding of one’s self, and respect for the complex identities of others, including diverse histories and cultures
- actively participate as citizens in a complex democracy and globalized world
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