The ability to make comparisons across cultures and time periods is a critical interpretive skill for citizens of the twenty-first century. It helps us articulate similarities and differences and gives us insight into how people think and live—with all the moral, ethical, and ideological forces at play. 

The courses encourage you to compare worlds past and present in an effort to promote historical and cross-cultural understanding. The humanities—be it history, literature, philosophy, languages, religion, or art—help us to make sense of the world. As the root of the very word suggests, the humanities explore what it means to be human. 


  • Four credits (one course) from the Mapping the World rubric 

  • Four credits (one course) from the Comparing Worlds rubric 

  • Four credits (one course) from either