About the humanities

What are the humanities? Why do the humanities matter?

“From an academic standpoint, the humanities include the study of history, philosophy and religion, modern and ancient languages and literatures, fine and performing arts, media and cultural studies, and other fields. Humanities research adds to our knowledge of the world, as scholars investigate differences between cultures and communities around the world and across time, consider the ways art is made and received, or unveil the undercurrents that have shaped history. Humanities education encourages students to think creatively and critically, to reason, and ask questions. And, as the humanities offer insight into nearly every aspect of life, they have been considered a core element of a well-rounded education since ancient times.

Put simply, the humanities help us understand and interpret the human experience, as individuals and societies.”

National Humanities Center


What are the humanities departments, majors, and minors at Trinity?

The humanities comprise nine academic departments with a wide range of majors and minors, in addition to several interdisciplinary programs.


Humanities majors & minors by department and interdisciplinary

Art & Art History department
Art History (major and minor)
Architectural Studies (minor)

Classical Studies department
Ancient Mediterranean Studies (major and minor)
Classical Languages (major)
Greek (major and minor)
Latin (major and minor)

English department
English (major and minor)
Creative Writing (minor)

History department
History (major and minor)

Human Communication & Theatre department
Theatre (major and minor)

Modern Languages and Literature department
Chinese (major and minor)
French (major and minor)
German Studies (major)
Global Latinx Studies (major)
Russian (major and minor)
Spanish (major and minor)
German (minor)
Comparative Literature (minor)

Music department
Music (major and minor)

Philosophy department
Philosophy (major and minor)
Ethics (minor)
History of Philosophy (minor)
Logic and Philosophy of Cognition (minor)
Philosophy of Art (minor)

Religion department
Religion (major and minor)

Interdisciplinary humanities majors and minors
Environmental Studies (major and minor)
Urban Studies (major and minor)
African American Studies (minor)
East Asian Studies (minor)
Film Studies (minor)
Linguistics (minor)
Medieval and Renaissance Studies (minor)
Museum Studies (minor)
Women and Gender Studies (minor)