Humanities Core or Humanities Core Alternative


Humanities Core Website

HUMAN (1A&1AS) and (1B&1BS) and (1C&1CS), taken in the freshman year.

Transfer students in all majors in the School of Humanities may substitute for the Humanities Core by completing the Humanities Core Alternative requirement, described below.

Students who declare a major in the School of Humanities after their freshman year may also be advised to complete the Humanities Core Alternative requirement, and should consult an academic counselor in Humanities Undergraduate Study.

  • A total of 6 quarter courses or 4 semester courses, or a combination thereof, is required.
  • You must take at least one course in each of the 4 areas in Group A.  To reach the total number of courses required, you may take additional courses from Group A or Group B.
    • A course is not required in the area of your major (for example, a History major does not need to take any History courses). 
  • You may not overlap any courses between the Humanities Core Alternative and your major.
  • All Core Alternative courses must be completed for a letter grade and passed with a D- or better.
1. Composition: Writing 37, 39B, 39C, 30, 31
2. Literature: English 8, 9, 10, 10B,16, 17

Comparative Literature 10, 60A, 60B

Humanities 10
3. History: History 21A, 21B, 21C, 40A, 40B, 40C, 70A, 70B, 70C, 70D, 70E, 70F, lower-division western history at another college
4. Philosophy: Philosophy 1, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13


African American Studies 40A, 40B, 40C
Arabic 51
Art History 40A, 40B, 40C, 42A, 42B, 42C, 42D, 44, 55
Asian American Studies 50, 51, 54, 55
Classics 36A, 36B, 36C, 37A, 37B, 37C, 45A, 45B, 45C
Comparative Literature 3, 8, 9, 60C
East Asian Studies 20, 40, 55, H84
English 11, 11C, 12, H80
European Studies 9, 10, S10, 11, S11,12, 13
Film and Media Studies H80, 85A, 85B, 85C
French 50
Gender and Sexuality Studies 20, 50A, 50B, 50C
German 50
Global Middle East 60A
Hebrew 50
History 10, 12, 15A, 15C, 15D, 15E, 15F, 16A, 16B, 16C, 18A, 36A, 36B, 36C, 37A, 37B, 37C, 50, 60
Humanities 55, H80, H81, H82
Italian 50
Literary Journalism 20
Medical Humanities 1, 3
Persian 50
Philosophy 2, 21
Religious Studies 5A, 5B, 5C, 21
Russian 50
Spanish 50, 60E, 60S, 61
Vietnamese 50
Or choose additional course(s) from Group A