2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 20, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Humanities and Cultural Studies (B.A.)

College of Arts and Humanities
Department of Philosophy
Psychology Building (PSY) 220


The B.A. degree in Humanities and Cultural Studies enables students to receive solid foundations in the interdisciplinary study of cultures and meanings. Students study how human cultures have produced meaning in the past and continue to do so, reflect critically on these productions, and learn relevant perspectives and meaningful interpretations that contribute to responsible engagement with the many cultural expressions we encounter today. Students conduct relevant research in the Humanities while developing their own skills of critical evaluation and constructive engagement.

Admission Requirements

  • None

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Co-op or internship credit cannot be used in this major without prior approval by the chair.
  • Students must earn at least a “C” (2.0) in each required course.
  • Students should consult with a departmental advisor.
  • Departmental Residency Requirement consists of at least 18 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000-4000 level courses taken from the UCF Philosophy Department.
  • Courses designated in General Education Program and Common Program Prerequisites are usually completed in the first 60 hours.

General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Select One: (3 Credit Hours)

Select One: (3 Credit Hours)

Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Math (6 Credit Hours)

Statistics - Computers: (3 Credit Hours)

Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Science Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Common Program Prerequisites (CPP)

  • None

Core Requirements: Basic Level

Select One

Select One

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (30 Credit Hours)

Core Requirements

Humanities Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Cultural Traditions (6 Credit Hours)

Restricted Electives (3 Credit Hours)

  • Any upper division HUM course not being used to satisfy any of the above categories can be used here or a related course with approval of Humanities and Cultural Studies adviser.
  • A list of approved restricted elective courses is found in the myKnight audit

Capstone Requirements (3 Credit Hours)


  • Select primarily from upper level courses after meeting with a departmental advisor. Courses may be outside the department.

Foreign Language Requirements


  • Met by graduation requirement


  • Proficiency equivalent to one year of college instruction in a foreign language taught by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or the Department of History (Hebrew). Standardized examinations for foreign languages may be used to meet the requirement. Majors who are contemplating graduate school should complete two years of a foreign language, preferably one functional in their area of proposed graduate interest.

Additional Requirements

  • Signature Experience requirement is met by successful completion of the following course(s):

Required Minors

  • None

Departmental Exit Requirements

  • Departmental Exit Exam in final semester. Exam may be part of HUM 4933 - Senior Research Seminar 
  • Earn a “C” (2.0) or better in each required course.
  • To avoid delaying graduation, you must request a review of requirements prior to registering for your last term.

University Minimum Exit Requirements

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120

Honors In Major

  • Students considering graduate school in humanities are strongly encouraged to take Honors in the Major. Requirements are as follows:

Core Requirements, Humanities and Cultural Studies, and Capstone (36 Credit Hours)

  • Same requirements as for regular majors

Honors Thesis (6 Credit Hours)

  • HUM 4903H - Honors Directed Reading I Credit Hours: 3
  • HUM 4970H - Undergraduate Honors Thesis Credit Hours: 3

Additional Requirements of Honors in the Major

  • Application and admission through the Humanities Honors Coordinator
  • Fulfill University requirements for Honors in the Major
  • Maintain a UCF GPA of at least 3.2 and a Humanities GPA of at least 3.5
  • Successful completion and oral defense of Honors thesis
  • No more than 2 courses of 3000 or 4000 level courses applied to the B.A. in Humanities and Cultural Studies may be simultaneously applied to fulfill another major.

Earn a “B” (3.0) or better in both of the following:

  • HUM 4903H - Honors Directed Reading I Credit Hours: 3
  • HUM 4970H - Undergraduate Honors Thesis Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

Related Programs


  • None

Related Minors

Advising Notes

  • None

Transfer Notes

  • Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.
  • Courses transferred from private and out-of-state schools must be evaluated for equivalency credit. The student must provide all supporting information.

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • None

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Plan of Study

Freshman Year - Fall (16 Credit Hours)

Freshman Year - Spring (16 Credit Hours)

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • HUM 2210 or HUM 2230 Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Credit Hours: 3​
  • Elementary Foreign Language II Credit Hours: 4

Sophomore Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

  • GEP Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3

Sophomore Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

  • GEP Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3

Junior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Cultural Traditions Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Theories & Methods Elective Credit Hours: 3​
  • Theories & Methods Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3

Junior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

  • Cultural Traditions Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Theories & Methods Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities Foundations Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Upper Level Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Spring (13 Credit Hours)