John Cabot University

Humanistic Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • English
The Bachelor of Arts in Humanistic Studies at John Cabot University offers a wide range of choices in the Humanities to students who wish to pursue a focused program of study that encourages inquiry into the human condition beyond the confines of a single discipline.


The Core Curriculum provides a synthetic introduction to the extraordinarily rich traditions of the liberal arts within and beyond Western civilization.

The Humanistic Studies major offered by John Cabot University prepares students to read, study, think, write, and articulate their ideas in the traditions of broad life-long learning and ethically responsible public service inherited from such exemplars as Socrates, Cicero, Petrarch, Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, and Simone de Beauvoir.  Building upon this foundation, students choose major electives from a wide range of disciplines to further their understandings of the areas within the Humanities that interest them most.  In both individual courses and the major as a whole, this program takes special advantage of the unique access John Cabot students have to the cultural, aesthetic, philosophical, and historical legacy of Rome and the Mediterranean—the ancient birthplace and Renaissance progenitor of our modern academic humanities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, interpret, and develop explanations of major trends and features of Western (and to a much more limited extent, non-Western) historical, cultural, artistic, and intellectual development.
  • Identify, interpret and discuss key trends and developments in Western literature, philosophy, and art.
  • Apply knowledge and perspectives drawn from multiple humanities disciplines to new contexts.
  • Situate analytical position(s) within major approaches to one or more humanities disciplines, and defend such positions through well-researched, supported, and organized reasoning.
  • Develop an awareness of the importance of finding, using and producing reliable information so as to respect (and know how to respect) academic integrity and ethical standards in their academic work.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Fall intake: Late decision: 31.07 (only for students who don't require a visa)
    • Spring intake: 15.12 (only for students who don't require a visa)
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Western Civilization I
  • Introduction to Western Civilization II
  • Introduction to Philosophical Thinking
  • History of Ancient Rome and Italy
  • Roman Literature and Society
  • Historical and Philosophical Aspects of the Italian Renaissance
  • Classical Influences on English Literature
  • Philosophy of Art and Beauty
  • Living the Good Life: Religious and Philosophical Ethics
  • Research and Writing in the Humanities
  • Senior Thesis

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS
  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • Completed application form. We accept both our online application and the common application.
  • A 600 word personal essay.
  • $50/€50 non-refundable application fee. 
  • Official transcripts of all secondary and post-secondary school work to date: transcripts not in English or Italian must be accompanied by a certified English language translation.
  • Interview by phone, Skype, or in person.
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation or Teacher Evaluation Form. Two for freshman applicants, one for transfer applicants.
  • SAT or ACT results (US applicants only) 
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency (for students who have studied in an English language institution for fewer than two years)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    18000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 EUR per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National Applies to you

    21064 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10532 EUR per semester and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Tuition for permanent residents and canadian citizens:  $12,450/ term.

Living costs for Roma

  • 850 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


At John Cabot University we are committed to making our American degree programs in Rome as affordable as possible. Our generous scholarship program provides our students with numerous awards based on academic merit and financial need.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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