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.

Consistent with findings from five earlier surveys commissioned by AAC&U as part of its ongoing Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) Initiative, employers overwhelmingly endorse broad learning and cross-cutting skills as the best preparation for long-term career success.
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Areas of Study

Through this innovative program, students can tailor their major in the following areas:

  • Creative Arts

    Creating artwork requires problem solving, collaboration, leadership, and imaginative thinking. When focusing on the Creative Arts field of study at Regis, students will have many opportunities to grow in these areas and others. Upon graduation, Creative Arts students will be able to both analyze works in the fields of creative writing, drama, music, and visual art and create their own works in one or more of these fields. This field of study offers students the opportunity to focus deeply in one artistic domain or to engage more broadly with several disciplines.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    Students completing this field of study will be able to:

    • Apply skills within an artistic discipline to create their own works of art.
    • Synthesize information about the history, theory, and social context of the arts to analyze the artworks of others.

    Featured Internship Possibilities:

    • De Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum
    • Art museums, including collaboration with artists, art administration, and display questions.
    • Huntington Theatre Company
    • Handel and Haydn Society

    Career Field Possibilities:

    • Arts Education
    • Arts Therapy
    • Arts Administration
    • Arts Journalism
    • Studio Art Creation
    • Publishing/Editing
    • Graphic Design
    • Performance
    • Church Music
  • Culture, Ethnicity, and Diversity Studies

    Students who focus on Culture, Ethnicity, and Diversity Studies will prepare to engage with an increasingly inclusive and complex global society and workplace. This concentration examines structural marginalization, inequity in society, systemic racism, and policies on migration and political refugees. It also embraces the CSJ’s mission on social justice, and service to the dear neighbor without distinction. Students will learn several methods of critical inquiry in courses from a variety of disciplines such as history, sociology, literature, public health, and communication.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    Students completing this field of study will be able to:

    • Evaluate changing constructions of race and ethnicity over time as they intersect with multiple categories of difference such as class, gender, nation, religion, and sexuality.
    • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the principal policy frameworks governing the admission of migrants, control of irregular migration, and protection of refugees and other forced migrants.

    Featured Internship Possibilities:

    • Corporate, Academic, or Public Diversity Offices

    • Non-profit organizations:

      • Centro Presente

      • Turning Point

      • Lawrence Partnership Citizens’ Academy

      • MIRA Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

      • Catholic Charities Boston

      • Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

    • Senator Edward J. Markey’s Office

    • Museum of Fine Arts

    • Mass Department of Environmental Protection

    • Mass Department Public Health

    Career Field Possibilities:

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership

    • Public policy

    • Law Offices

    • Museums

    • Lobbying

    • Advocacy work

    • Non-profit organizations

    • Education

    • Charities

  • History, Politics, and Global Studies

    The field of History, Politics, and Global Studies prepares students to be active and engaged members of global society. Students examine several methods of critical inquiry in the study of history, politics, and world affairs in order to address the most pressing issues of our times. This field advances the mission of Regis College by preparing students to become change agents who will serve as advocates of a more just and compassionate global society.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    Students completing this field of study will be able to:

    • Analyze impactful ideas that emerge from and influence key events.

    • Apply interdisciplinary methods of analysis to the study of history, politics, and global studies.

    Featured Internship Possibilities:

    • Non-Profit Organizations

    • Think Tanks

    • Law Firms

    • Senator/Congressional Internship

    • Museum of Fine Arts

    • Mass Department of Environmental Protection

    • Mass Department Public Health

    • Idealist

    Career Field Possibilities:

    • Lawyer

    • Journalist

    • Labor Organizer

    • Educator (secondary or higher ed)

    • Conservator

    • Curator

    • Archivist

    • Diplomat

    • Editor

    • Historic Preservationist

    • Intelligence Analyst

    • Interpreter

    • Legislative Assistant

    • Lobbyist

    • Marketing Research Analyst

    • Museum Education

    • Policy Analyst

    • Political Consultant/Campaign Staff

    • Public Relations

    • Publishing

    • Researcher

    • Social Media Manager

  • Liberal Arts

    Designed to provide a broad-based liberal arts education, students are encouraged to take a range of courses from the humanities as well as the social and natural sciences.

  • Media Studies and Digital Humanities

    Media Studies and Digital Humanities offers students the opportunity to evaluate the complex two-way relationship between the values of our culture and the media that it produces. Students examine traditional and new media in order to examine the profound impact that film, serialized narrative, viral web content, music videos, and memes have had on contemporary life. From studying film to using computational methods to analyze texts, from writing for the web to creating digital archives of historical media, this course of study offers robust possibilities for creative engagement and workplace skills.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    Students completing this field of study will be able to:

    • Evaluate the social impact of traditional and new media through humanistic inquiry and digital scholarship.

    • Develop and support an argument concerning the literary and narrative structure of a textual artifact.

    Featured Internship Possibilities:

    • Massachusetts House of Representatives

    • WGBH, Boston Public Radio & Television

    • WBUR, National Public Radio & Web Content

    • The Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph

    • Museum/Archive Administration and Research

    Career Field Possibilities:

    • Digital Content Writing

    • Technical Writing

    • Editing

    • Media Production

    • Digital Archiving

    • Non-Profit Administration

    • Policy Advising (ideal for those with background in political science and ethics)

    • Financial Analysis (ideal for those dual majoring in Business and/or Communication)

    • Higher Education (graduate school)

  • Medical Humanities

    The Medical Humanities field of study engages students through an interdisciplinary and humanistic approach to a variety of challenges faced by practitioners in the medical field. With courses in ethics, philosophy, history, writing, literature, the visual and performing arts, students will harness the methods and theories inherent to the humanities to face the challenges of the health professions with creativity and humanity. Students may also wish to combine this field with a pre-med track (see below for details).

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    Students completing this field of study will be able to:

    • Apply comprehensive knowledge of the historical, literary, artistic, and ethical facets of the discipline of Medical Humanities to the challenges faced by practitioners in the healthcare field.

    • Synthesize insights from a variety of humanities disciplines into a medical or health context.

    Featured Internship Possibilities:

    • Healthcare nonprofits (e.g. Rosie’s Place)

    • Regional fundraising (e.g. Jimmy Fund)

    • Homeless shelters

    • Catholic charities

    • Regis Children’s Center (Autism or Social Scientists Programs)

    Career Field Possibilities:

    • Medicine1

    • Public Health

    • Charities

    • Healthcare Policy

    • Healthcare Administration

    • Psychology

    • Social Work

    • Law

    1 Students wishing to pursue the pre-medical path must work closely with the pre-med advisor

  • Religion, Philosophy, and Public Life

    In every period of human history, we have posed questions that explore who we are, why we are here, and what our relationship is to culture, nature, and the divine. Numerous influences compete for our attention and allegiance in 21st-century life, making the practice of considering ultimate questions especially important. This field of study examines questions about meaning, knowledge, difference, ethics, the existence of God, and the problem of evil. Our course offerings in philosophy and religious studies provide students with the opportunity to critically examine these questions through the lenses of spirituality, cultural history, and foundational texts. Through holistic engagement, students will gain skills in compassionate, ethical, rational, and creative thinking and problem-solving.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    Students completing this field of study will be able to:

    • Evaluate philosophical and religious claims in their historical and contemporary contexts.

    • Apply theories from philosophy and/or religious studies to the complexities of everyday life.

    Featured Internship Possibilities:

    • Parish/Congregation Assistant
    • Religious Education
    • Advocacy Internship w/ Habitat for Humanity

    Career Field Possibilities:

    • Writer

    • Chaplain

    • College Professor

    • Middle School Teacher

    • Lawyer

    • IT Technician

    • Historian

    • Economist

  • 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. 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

    Students prepare for licensure in elementary or early childhood education through a balanced curriculum of courses in education, humanities, and the social and natural sciences.

Regis College humanities student in Buenos Aires

Global Experiences

The Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities program maintains a commitment to experiential learning on campus and abroad. Students have traveled to Argentina, Chile, Italy, and England, where they have had the opportunity to put into practice what they’ve learned in the classroom.

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. I know I will make it.
Emma Chong '17

Courses Required for Humanities Major

  • EN 223 The Art of Persuasive Writing
  • ID 110 Exploring the Humanities
  • An internship
  • A capstone project/thesis
  • 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.
    • Required and elective coursework is dependent upon the chosen field of study.

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