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B.A. in Humanistic Studies

John Cabot University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
24,900 USD
Spring 2021

24,900 USD
Summer 2021

24,900 USD
Fall 2021

Program description

B.A. in Humanistic Studies

Humanities students learn to appreciate and analyze cultures by exploring literature, art, history, philosophy, and religion. For instance, they might 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.

Admission requirements

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Program content

Core Curriculum

  • Introduction to Philosophical Thinking
  • Ethics
  • Plus two of the following:
    • Doing History
    • Introduction to Art Historical Thinking
    • Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theories
    • Foundations in Critical Media Studies
  • One AH course or literature course
  • Research and Writing in the Humanities
  • Senior Thesis

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents & Canadian citizens (10-17 credit hours): $24,900 US per year
  • Citizens of countries other than the U.S. or Canada (10-17 credit hours): €18,000 per year


Learning Outcomes of the B.A. in Humanistic Studies

  • 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.

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John Cabot University

At John Cabot University, Rome is your campus. JCU combines the best qualities of an American liberal arts college with the history and cultural heritage of the Eternal City. With its world-class faculty and students hailing from over 80 countries,...

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Why study at John Cabot University

Located in the heart of the Eternal City, John Cabot University is a unique place. It combines the best qualities of American liberal arts education, with the history and rich cultural heritage of Rome, a city that is at the same time one of the cradles of western civilization and a vibrant center of international life.

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John Cabot University

Via della Lungara 233
00165 Rome

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