UNC Asheville’s Humanities Program explores what it means to be human. We examine the human experience by looking at what we’ve achieved in our several thousand years of recorded history, including our diverse values and beliefs, and how these concerns and passions influence our time. Humanities courses aren’t just about history; they draw together faculty and subject matter across subjects including history, literature, philosophy, religion, natural science, social science and fine arts. Humanities helps us make educated and ethical decisions as we strive to solve problems and make progress as a civilization.

The Humanities Program encourages and equips students to engage the complexity of the world that we live in, and this has value not only personally, but also for their profession and civic lives.

Students take three Humanities courses, usually one each year, and choose between two senior capstone experiences.

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A Hallmark of UNC Asheville

For 50 years, the Humanities Program has been the cornerstone of UNC Asheville’s liberal arts curriculum. The program has achieved nationwide recognition by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Fiske Guide to CollegesThe Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report.