The Humanities Minor cultivates humanistic exploration through historically grounded texts and traditions. It teaches critical engagement with society's most pressing issues by developing a human-oriented perspective in which creativity and critical, theoretical thinking frame ethical being in the world.
These requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their faculty advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
- This is an on-campus program.
Declaring This Minor
- Please see your advisor.
- Click here to go to information about declaring a minor.
Students must satisfy all requirements as outlined below and by the department offering the minor.
- Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours from approved coursework.
- Students must complete a minimum of 6 upper-division (3000-level and above) credit hours from approved coursework.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all major courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative minor GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the minor GPA. Students cannot complete minor or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
- Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours with CU Denver faculty, from approved courses.
Program Allowances and Restrictions
- Coursework must be approved by a Humanities Minor advisor.
- Of the four elective courses, at least one course must be taken at 3000-level and at least one must be at the 4000-level.
- If a student wants to deviate from these lists, they must have advisor approval prior to completing the substitute coursework.
|Take the following introductory course||3|
|HUMN 1012||The Humanistic Tradition: Modes of Expression (Students may opt to complete or transfer in a comparable HUMN 1000- or 2000-level course with prior advisor approval.)||3|
|Take four elective courses (12 credit hours) of coursework in Humanities disciplines and Humanities-related programs, in one of three available interdisciplinary pathways||12|
Story-Telling and Meaning
Story-telling and Meaning: comprised of Humanities electives focused on how humans make ethical decisions and meaning in life through literature, philosophy, history, and religion.
|ENGL 3070||Studies in Film History||3|
|ENGL 3075||Film Genres||3|
|ENGL 4236||The American Short Story||3|
|ENGL 4510||Whores and Saints: Medieval Women||3|
|ETST 3224||U.S. Middle East Culture and Religion||3|
|ETST 3300||Shamanic Traditions||3|
|HUMN 4984||Topics: Interdisciplinary Humanities||1-3|
|PHIL 3280||War and Morality||3|
|PHIL 3410||Asian Philosophies and Religions||3|
|PHIL 3550||Philosophy of Death and Dying||3|
|PHIL 4270||Philosophy of History||3|
|PHIL 4470||Concepts of the Soul||3|
|PHIL 4480||Perspectives on Good and Evil||3|
|PHIL 4600||Philosophy of Religion||3|
|PHIL 4933||Philosophy of Eros||3|
|RLST 4340||The Hero's Journey||3|
|RLST 4460||Death and Concepts of Afterlife||3|
Picturing Humanity: comprising Humanities courses emphasizing the aesthetic role of art, history, film, and visual studies in the constitution of diverse cultural and social perspectives
|ENGL 2250||Introduction to Film||3|
|ENGL 3070||Studies in Film History||3|
|ENGL 3200||From Literature to Film||3|
|ETST 3036||American Indian Cultural Images||3|
|FINE 2600||Art History Survey I||3|
|FINE 4630||History of Latin American Art:1520-1820||3|
|FINE 4670||Greek and Roman Art||3|
|FINE 4680||Art of the Middle Ages||3|
|FINE 4700||Italian Renaissance Art||3|
|FINE 4750||Arts of China||3|
|FINE 4990||Contemporary Art: 1960 to Present||3|
|FINE 5610||Pre-Columbian Art||3|
|HIST 4228||Western Art and Architecture||3|
|HIST 4231||History in Museums||3|
|HIST 4232||Historic Preservation||3|
|PHIL 1700||Philosophy and the Arts||3|
|PHIL 4220||Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art||3|
Theorizing Humanity: comprised of coursework focusing on the public role of social theory, philosophy, ethnic studies, and social justice in the formation of culture and society
|ETST 2024||Race and Ethnic Relations||3|
|ETST 3211||Hip Hop Music & Culture||3|
|ETST 3704||Culture, Racism and Alienation||3|
|HIST 3121||The World at War, 1914-1945||3|
|HIST 3230||The American Presidency||3|
|HIST 3231||Famous U.S. Trials||3|
|HIST 3235||U.S. Labor History, 1800 to the Present||3|
|HIST 3347||African-American History, 1619-Present||3|
|HIST 3364||Native Americans and Spaniards in North America||3|
|HIST 3365||Aztlan in the United States: Chicano History from 1821||3|
|HIST 3366||Nature and Power in American History||3|
|HIST 3601||Colorado History||3|
|HIST 4027||Enlightenment and Revolution||3|
|HIST 4028||Nations and Classes: 19th Century Europe||3|
|HIST 4055||The Atlantic Slave Trade: Africa, Caribbean and U.S.||3|
|HIST 4076||History of Modern Science||3|
|HUMN 4251||Introduction to Legal Studies||3|
|HUMN 4984||Topics: Interdisciplinary Humanities (Critical Public Humanities )||3|
|HUMN 4984||Topics: Interdisciplinary Humanities (Spatial Humanities)||3|
|SJUS 2000||Foundations in Social Justice||3|
|SJUS 2010||Social Justice: Theories, Narratives, and Technologies||3|
To learn more about the Student Learning Outcomes for this program, please visit our website.