Students in the B.A. in Human Studies program will seek to understand and apply a holistic, cross-disciplinary approach as they study the complex interconnections between individual, social, cultural, ecological, spiritual and historical contexts. The Human Studies program is an excellent choice for you if you are self-directed, critically and actively engaged in your own learning, and interested in doing academic work that resists and transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Human Studies Curriculum & B.A. Degree Requirements
To earn your bachelor’s in Human Studies from Marylhurst, you will complete 180-quarter credits (through a combination of courses and by transferring in credits). The degree requirements feature three main areas:
Major requirements (60 credits)
- Core courses include an introduction to human sciences, history and philosophy of human sciences, and then specialized coursework in human studies. Sample course titles include:
- Relationship with the Self
- Human, Being: Integration in Action
- Relationship with Others
- Relationship with the Environment
- Human Studies topics – you will also complete select courses in human studies topics centered on learning, development, systems and methods. Sample course titles include:
- Qualitative Inquiry
- Advanced Studies in Integrative Health
- Human Processes: Body Symptoms
- Altered States and Addictions
- Relationships and Interpersonal Communication
- Major electives – select coursework from communication, additional culture and media courses, literature, writing or art to fine-tune your program of study to best meet your career and personal goals.
- Senior paper or internship
Whether you choose to do the paper or complete an internship, we provide support for both, including help with internship placement.
Marylhurst Core (44 credits)
Fundamental coursework focused on the applied liberal arts such as communication skills, critical thinking, writing, problem-solving and leadership.
General electives (76 credits)
Choose courses outside of human studies from Marylhurst’s diverse undergraduate programs to better define your career focus. Most Marylhurst incoming students transfer in credit from their previous college work or through our Prior Learning Assessment program.
Human Studies Program Outcomes
As a Human Studies graduate from Marylhurst, you will:
- Understand and apply a holistic, cross-disciplinary approach to consider the complex interconnections between individual, social, cultural, ecological, spiritual and historical contexts.
- Understand and enact theoretical frameworks, methodologies and practices used in human studies.
- Think critically and holistically about perennial and contemporary issues related to human experience.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of ways human beings learn, adapt and develop over the life course.
- Develop increased skills and confidence in thinking and writing in an integrative, interdisciplinary and scholarly fashion.
No Foreign Language Classes Required
Marylhurst’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs don’t require the typical two years of foreign language. Instead, students focus on major courses within the human studies curriculum and complete a general Marylhurst core that features content aimed at increasing knowledge and skills in the liberal arts – such as critical thinking, problem-solving, writing and multicultural competency.
Transfer in Your Previous College Credit
Most of Marylhurst’s incoming students transfer in college credit from either community colleges or another four-year institution. The average credits transferred is about 45-to-50 credits and many students enter the university with the majority of their MU Core or General Electives requirements completed.
The average time to complete the B.A. in Human Studies program is three years. Marylhurst is a degree completion institution meaning most of our students enter our university with some previous college credit, reducing the investment of time and financial resources necessary to earn their degree.sample degree pathway
View a SAMPLE DEGREE PATHWAY for the Human Studies program that shows you classes in the program and how (over a few terms) you can complete this degree.
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