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Do you like to think about the big issues – the meaning of life, the importance of human values, the power of ideas that have shaped the past and present. Or, are you interested in literature, film or creative writing?

As a major in Humanities, you will develop two skills highly prized in today's marketplace: communication and critical thinking. Corporate leaders tell us critical thinking and clear communication skills are keys to a successful career. So is the ability to see the world from multiple perspectives – another outcome of majoring in Humanities.

Clarkson's program will help you develop and make better use of your most important asset – your mind. Indeed our curriculum develops the most important competency of all: learning how to learn, the skill that will help you maximize all of your capabilities for the rest of your life!

Why Clarkson?
The Humanities program at Clarkson differs from those at many other institutions in three important ways – broader perspectives, external fields, and computer competencies.

Humanities majors at Clarkson benefit from the outstanding scholarship and personal attention of faculty in literature, history, and philosophy.

Faculty work individually with students to prepare them for careers in a world economy that demands creativity in analyzing problems, expertise in technology, an understanding of diverse perspectives, and effective communication skills.

  • Humanities majors can focus on themes in Clarkson's curriculum: American Studies, Cross-Cultural Perspectives, and Science, Technology, and Society.
  • Humanities majors can also focus on disciplinary areas: literature, film and creative writing; and philosophy and ethics.

External field
A required external field of five or more courses prepares students for their future careers.

Chosen from one of Clarkson's many programs and departments, external fields may be in such defined pre-professional areas as pre-medicine, pre-law, pre-business, pre-physical therapy, psychology, or computer science; alternately, students may create their own external field, tailored to their specific career interests.

Through Clarkson's state-of-the-art computing resources, you will acquire skills using the latest communication tools. Also, thanks to our small size and friendly, collaborative culture, you'll rub shoulders with peers in technology-based majors so that you gain an appreciation of their mindsets and perspectives.