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The following page contains information on why one should major in Humanities in the department of Arts and Humanities at the University of Houston - Downtown.

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Bachelor of Arts in Humanities

K. Hagen, PhD, Coordinator
Room 1027-South
(713) 221-8116

What employers are saying:

A survey of employers conducted by multinational human resource consulting firm Adeco recently found that "44% of respondents cited soft skills, such communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration, as the area with the biggest gap. Only half many say a lack of technical skills." - Time Magazine, November 10, 2013

"Our graduate lack writing skills. While adept at crafting bullet points points, they often have difficulty writing in declarative sentences and complete paragraphs - thus impeding the effectiveness of their business communications, including memos, letters, and technical reports." - Bruce Nolop, CEO of E*Trade Financial Corporation

Why major in the Humanities?

The B.A. in Humanities specializes in writing-intensive classes that stress critical thinking. Whether you concentration is in Art, Communication, Drama, English, History, Humanities, Music, Philosophy, Spanish, or Religious Studies, you will find courses taught by highly-respected scholars and authors who will share their experience in developing the effective analytical and communication skills employers need in a competitive job market.

What Our Students Say:

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Throughout my time at UHD, I had the chance to meet some very interesting people, and some very influential professors. The professors truly want you to succeed and will give you all the tools you need in order to do so." - Lucia Giuriato, B.A. Humanities, 2013

Diverse Study Opportunities
In the Humanities, we celebrate all types of intellectual achievement in the visual and performing arts, in literature, in Western and World cultures, and in science and technology. You can study subjects you feel passionate about.

Contact an advisor today to start planning your degree.

Declaring your major and planning your future

Dr. Edmund Cueva, Chair of Department of Arts and Humanities, author of The Myths of Fiction: Studies in the Canonical Greek Novels. Contact: 713-221-8104,

Dr. L. Kirk Hagen, B.A. Humanities Degree Coordinator, contributor to Skeptic magazine. Contact: 713-221-8116,

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Advising: 713-221-8460,

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Last updated or reviewed on 8/18/14

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