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Humanistic Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
South Bend, IN, United States
The Humanistic Studies major at Saint Mary's College combines the disciplines of history, literature, philosophy, theology, and art in an effort to better understand Western culture as a whole. You'll be well prepared for a broad range of careers and for graduate studies at the best universities in the country.  
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The Humanistic Studies (HUST) major at Saint Mary's College is an exciting, interdisciplinary program that invites you to think across traditional departmental boundaries. Perfect for the student who is fascinated by multiple topics such as history, literature, art, philosophy, and religion, a major in humanistic studies allows you to embrace the rich and complex ways in which all disciplines overlap and influence each other.

Work closely with professors in small classes that stress reading, discussion, and critical and creative thinking. Courses feature "great books" and pay special attention to the role played by Christianity, women, and non-Western cultures in the making of Western civilization.

You may fulfill your advanced writing requirement in humanistic studies, even when you fulfill your comprehensive requirement in another department, by submitting a portfolio of your written work early in your last semester in the program.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Cultural History I: Ancient and Medieval Culture 
  • Cultural History II: Medieval and Renaissance Culture 
  • Cultural History III: Early-Modern Culture 
  • Cultural History IV: Modern Culture

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

  • 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.

General Requirements

  • academic accomplishments as evidenced by rigor of coursework, grades, grade trends
  • self-reported SAT or ACT scores (unless you plan to apply Test Optional). We'll accept your self-reported scores off the application for admission and scholarship consideration, but in order for you to ultimately enroll at Saint Mary's, you will be required to submit your official test scores. So, report them accurately!
  • extracurricular activities
  • community service and leadership experience
  • personal essay
  • recommendations from counselors, teachers, coaches and other personal acquaintances

Tuition Fee

  • International

    43040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43040 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    43040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43040 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for South Bend

  • 885 - 1440 USD/month
    Living Costs

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