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Humanistic Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
How can we understand humans' different ways of life and thinking? Students of the Bachelor of Arts in Humanistic Studies at John Cabot University learn to appreciate and analyze cultures by exploring literature, art, history, philosophy, and religion.


For instance, students of the Bachelor of Arts in Humanistic Studies at John Cabot University examine Homer's poetry or Plato's ethics, study sacred paintings or modernist architecture, analyze the workings of slavery or the rise and fall of fascism, or evaluate James Joyce's writing or Andy Warhol's pop art. 

By exploring such cultural products, they learn to understand the distinctive objects, approaches, and debates in the relevant fields and how to connect, compare, and theorize about them. They may also choose to concentrate on one or more specific fields, developing their own interests and expertise and taking advantage of the University's unique location in Rome, Italy, and the Mediterranean. The cultural knowledge that they gain and the reading, analysis, and research skills that they develop provide the basis for a wide range of graduate studies and careers.

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of different cultures - that is, human beings' ways of living and thinking about their lives - as these are expressed in ancient, modern, and contemporary literature, art, history, philosophy, and religion.
  • Demonstrate ability to analyze cultural products, drawing connections and comparisons across fields and undertaking scholarly research into them.
  • Demonstrate ability to apply and evaluate theoretical approaches from relevant disciplines across a range of cultural products and issues.
  • Demonstrate ability to defend analytical 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.
  • Effectively and critically communicate ideas and information orally and in writing.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Deadlines fall: 

    • Early Action: November 15
    • Late Decision I: June 1

    Deadlines spring: 

    • Late Decision: November 15

    Deadlines summer:

    • Summer II: May 15
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Philosophical Thinking
  • Ethics
  • Doing History
  • Introduction to Art Historical Thinking
  • Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theories 
  • Research and Writing in the Humanities

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

    15500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7750 EUR per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National Applies to you

    21444 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10722 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.

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.

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