Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities

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The Interdisciplinary Humanities program is designed to provide students with the flexibility to be self-directed in their studies. Its interdisciplinary approach allows students to experience the breadth and depth of the humanities disciplines while learning the core competencies and content that employers are currently demanding. Through this innovative program, students can tailor their major in the following areas:

  • Media, Memory, and Cultural Studies
    Media, Memory, and Cultural Studies is a program of interdisciplinary courses that provide students the opportunity to study film, television, and other mass media in a historical context and as a vehicle for cultural commentary and analysis. We will treat visual/filmic texts as literature, examine how they have influenced and been influenced by historically significant moments, and trace their impact on the fields of cultural studies and critical theory. We will pay particular attention to how such texts tend to enact and shape nostalgia – the enigmatic insistence that past cultural experiences and works are innately superior to those of the present – and examine the political, social, and artistic implications of this compulsion.

    In addition to recognizing and evaluating the major rhetorical strategies and aesthetic changes in media throughout the past century, students will gain cultural literacy through an appreciation for the diversity of visual narratives and mastery of a variety of critical and literary theory.
  • History and Culture
    Students explore historical and contemporary cultures from a historical and anthropological viewpoint, using written documents, oral literature, material and popular culture, and ethnographic data. Students are prepared for a variety of careers as educators, museum professionals, heritage site professionals, social advocates, public servants, journalists, consultants, and lobbyists.
  • Politics and Global Studies
    This field of study introduces students to the principles of political thinking and political action; the theoretical, methodological, historical, contemporary, and policy dimensions of political science and international relations. This field enables students to understand what the role of a politically aware citizen of the 21st century should be, and prepares students for a wide variety of careers in public service, law, business, teaching, global affairs, journalism, and political activism.
  • Creative and Performing Arts
    The study in creative and performing arts offers courses in art, music, museum studies, theatre, writing, and performance that give students a broad knowledge of the theory and history of the creative arts. Students learn fundamental skills which will allow them to create and perform. Courses, performing groups, and collaborative opportunities in a university setting enable students to develop into capable leaders, artists, team-players, scholars, managers, poets, and performers.
  • Religious and Philosophical Studies
    This field of study offers all students the opportunity to consider the ultimate questions about life through the study of the sacred. In keeping with the liberal arts tradition, the courses of the program examine the religious dimension of humanity and the influence of the sacred in the formation of culture. This program helps prepare students for a wide variety of future careers in religious ministry, public service, or teaching.
  • Race, Ethnicity and Diaspora Studies
    This field of study allows students to examine issues such as race, ethnicity, migration, and diaspora in courses that range in topics from the transatlantic slave trade to human trafficking, to how food is central to diasporic cultural identity. An experiential learning component offers students the opportunity to travel abroad or to engage in projects in area hospitals, social agencies, schools, museums and community centers. This program helps prepare students for careers in public service, teaching, law, global affairs, journalism, or political activism.
  • Medical Humanities
    In this field students learn about the humanistic and cultural study of illness, health, health care, medical ethics and the whole person. Students choose from a range of courses from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences. This program prepares students for careers in medicine, health care policy, health care policy and law, psychology, public health, social work, patient advocacy, or health journalism.
  • Liberal Arts
    Designed to provide a broad-based liberal arts education, Liberal Arts students are encouraged to take a range of courses from the Humanities as well as the Social and Natural Sciences. It is strongly recommended that students work closely with an ISH advisor to create the most appropriately integrated and effective curriculum possible.
  • Teaching the Humanities (Secondary Education in History and English, or English and Spanish)
    This option prepares students for Secondary Education licensure in History and English or English and Spanish. In addition to their Education courses, students interested in teaching high school English and/or History or English and Spanish, are encouraged to take a variety of courses in English, History, Political Science, Economics, and Spanish. This program provides an interdisciplinary curriculum designed around the content areas required for licensure in both subject areas.
  • Teaching in the 21st Century (Elementary and Early Childhood Education)
    This option prepares students for licensure in Elementary or Early Childhood Education. In addition to their Education courses students who intend to become teachers are encouraged to take a variety of courses in the Humanities as well as the Social and Natural Sciences. This program provides a balanced curriculum designed around the content areas required for licensure.


Gaining Experience

During 2016-2017 the Department of Humanities welcomed Dr. Lania Stefanoni Ferreira, a Fulbright Scholar in Residence. From São Paulo, Brazil, Lania is an assistant professor at the University Center of FEI in São Paulo with a PhD in Sociology. Her specialties are immigration, ethnicity, urban sociology, educational sociology, and identity and culture. She is teaching courses in sociology and history in addition to conduction research in her field.

The Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities program maintains a commitment to experiential learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Students have traveled to Argentina, Chile, Italy, England, where they have had the opportunity to put into practice what they’ve learned in the classroom. Emma Chong, (Class of 2017) states: “Traveling to Chile taught me how brave and independent I can be. I learned how far I can go when I really want something in life, and knowing this now makes me confident in my future after I graduate from Regis. I know I will make it.”

Students also engage in experiential learning on campus through a variety of activities centered on a yearly theme.



Students will choose a major field of study and will work with the advisor of that field to construct the curriculum. Students must complete the following (36 credits):

  • EN 223 Rhetoric: The Art of Written Communication
  • ID 110 Exploring the Humanities
  • ID 234 Digital Scholarship
  • 24 credits (excluding courses applied to the core curriculum) in the interdisciplinary humanities as follows:
       • Students choose a primary field of study and develop a plan of study in consultation with their academic advisor based on career goals and interests.
       • At least two courses should be designated as “global.”
       • At least one course should be designated as “experiential/integrative learning.”
       • At least 18 credits must come from upper-division (300-400 level) courses.
       • The remaining 12 credits must come from at least 2 supporting fields.
       • At least 12 credits must be in a single field (primary field of study).
  • A capstone project/thesis based


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