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Program of Study

Sample Curriculum

Humanities Concentration: Sample 18-Month Plan

Each Term is 8 weeks

Sample curriculum assumes 60 credits accepted in transfer, including general education core classes, World Languages and World Cultures credits. Credit requirements and time to degree completion subject to change based on full time status and credits accepted in transfer. Sample elective courses indicated with an asterisk (*).

Term 1 (6 Credits) 
Course Course Description Credits
UNIV 300 Introduction to Liberal Studies 3 credits
HUMN151 Inquiry in the Humanities 3 credits

Term 2 (6 credits)
 
Course Course Description Credits
HUMN 201 General Humanities I 3 credits
HUMN 285 Mythology 3 credits

Term 3 (6 credits)
 
Course Course Description Credits
HUMN 202 General Humanities II 3 credits
HUMN 281 Greek Civilization 3 credits

Term 4 (6 credits)
Course Course Description Credits
HUMN115 Troy and the Trojan War 3 credits
HUMN 283 Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Ancient World 3 credits

Term 5 (6 credits)
Course Course Description Credits
HUMN 181 Introduction to Classical Archaeology 3 credits
PSYC 294 Psychology of Leadership: Theory and Application* 3 credits

Term 6 (6 credits)
Course Course Description Credits
RELG 221 Religion and Culture* 3 credits
ENGL 230 Images of Muslim Women in Twentieth Century Literature and Culture* 3 credits

Term 7 (6 credits)
Course Course Description Credits
POLS 201 Comparative Politics* 3 credits
HUMN 384 Introduction to Roman Law 3 credits

Term 8 (6 credits)
Course Course Description Credits
SOCI 220 Sociology of Rich and Poor Nations* 3 credits
HUMN 385 Greek Tragedy 3 credits

Term 9 (6 credits)
Course Course Description Credits
HUMN 470 Seminar in Classical Humanities: Ritual, Culture, and Meaning in Greek and Roman Religion 3 credits
ANTH 290 Historical Archaeology* 3 credits

Term 10 (6 credits)
Course Course Description Credits
UNIV 400 Reflection in Liberal Studies 3 credits
ENTR 201 The Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation* 3 credits
Education Studies Concentration: Sample 18-Month Plan

Each Term is 8 weeks

Sample curriculum assumes 60 credits accepted in transfer, including general education core classes, World Languages and World Cultures credits. Credit requirements and time to degree completion subject to change based on full time status and credits accepted in transfer. Sample elective courses indicated with an asterisk (*).

Term 1 (6 Credits) 
Course Course Description Credits
UNIV 300 Introduction to Liberal Studies 3 credits
EDFD 200 Psychological Foundations of Education 3 credits

Term 2 (6 credits)
 
Course Course Description Credits
EDFD 221 Historical Foundations of American Education 3 credits
FSHD 214 Child Development I 3 credits

Term 3 (6 credits)
 
Course Course Description Credits
HUMN 202 General Humanities II 3 credits
HUMN 281 Greek Civilization 3 credits

Term 4 (6 credits)
Course Course Description Credits
EDFD 320 Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning 3 credits
FSHD 225 Exploring Family Diversity 3 credits

Term 5 (6 credits)
Course Course Description Credits
EDFD 445 Human Rights Education 3 credits
PSYC 294 Psychology of Leadership: Theory and Application* 3 credits

Term 6 (6 credits)
Course Course Description Credits
FSHD 350 Immigrant Families 3 credits
ANTH 105 Introduction to Disability Studies, Rights, and Culture* 3 credits

Term 7 (6 credits)
Course Course Description Credits
SOWK 220 Social Welfare Policy and Services* 3 credits
CHAD 210 Child Abuse and Neglect* 3 credits

Term 8 (6 credits)
Course Course Description Credits
SOCI 220 Sociology of Rich and Poor Nations* 3 credits
EDFD 449 Current Issues in American Education 3 credits

Term 9 (6 credits)
Course Course Description Credits
LAWS 220 Conflict and Its Resolution* 3 credits
ANTH 205 Disability in US Popular Culture* 3 credits

Term 10 (6 credits)
Course Course Description Credits
UNIV 400 Reflection in Liberal Studies 3 credits
EDFD 300 Assessment, Learning Sciences, and Ethics 3 credits

 

Concentrations

Concentration in Humanities                 24 Credits

The Humanities concentration is built upon the existing state-approved B.A. in Humanities and emphasizes obsolescence-proof cognitive skills transferable to a wide range of career paths. Humanities concentrators acquire habits of analytical and critical thought, practice techniques of interpretation, gain intercultural awareness, and learn to approach cultural contexts comparatively. Graduates of this concentration have expertise in knowledge management, which encompasses the ability to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information from a broad spectrum of sources, construct logical arguments supported by evidence, and articulate ideas clearly in oral and written formats. Humanities graduates pursue careers in many areas, including business, communications, health care, law, social work, and education. Many will transition directly from our program into the work force, but some pursue further education and earn professional credentials or graduate degrees in a variety of Humanities and social science disciplines.

Take four (4) of the following for a total of twelve (12) credits

HUMN 151: Inquiry in the Humanities
HUMN 201: General Humanities I
HUMN 202: General Humanities II
HUMN 285: Mythology
HUMN 499: Senior Humanities Seminar

Take four (4) of the following for a total of twelve (12) credits

HISTORY
HUMN 115: Troy and the Trojan War
HUMN 201: General Humanities I
HUMN 202: General Humanities II
HUMN 281: Greek Civilization
HUMN 282: Roman Civilization
HUMN 332: Selected Topics in Ancient History
HUMN 351: The City in Antiquity
HUMN 355: Alexander: Legend and Legacy
HUMN 357: The Roman Republic
HUMN 358: Cleopatra
HUMN 359: Rome in the Age of Augustus
HUMN 381: Africa in Antiquity

PHILOSOPHICAL, CULTURAL, AND RELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVES
HUMN 209: Introduction to Greek and Roman Religion
HUMN 221: Viking Mythology
HUMN 283: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Ancient World
HUMN 285: Mythology
HUMN 288: Mythic Traditions
HUMN 384: Introduction to Roman Law
HUMN 454: Lucretius and Science
HUMN 470: Seminar in Classical Humanities: Ritual, Culture, and Meaning in Greek and Roman Religion

LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, AND ART
HUMN 181: Introduction to Classical Archaeology
HUMN 182: English Vocabulary: Classical Roots
HUMN 211: Classicism in American Culture
HUMN 230: Ancient Greece and Rome in the Cinema
HUMN 290: Selected Topics in Greek and Roman Literature and Culture
HUMN 313:  Aegean Art and Archaeology
HUMN 314: Greek Art
HUMN 315: Roman Art
HUMN 321: Early Medieval Art
HUMN 345: Imaging Medieval Women
HUMN 385: Greek Tragedy
HUMN 320: Selected Topics in Interdisciplinary Humanities
HUMN 361: Selected Topics in Mediterranean Archaeology
LATN 101: Beginning Latin I
LATN 102: Beginning Latin II

Concentration in Education Studies      24 Credits
This concentration provides an in-depth exposure and engagement with education as a social, cultural, and political human endeavor, that historically has served to induct the young into the larger social and economic fabric of nations. Furthermore, this concentration through its coursework provides insights and understandings about education as a life-long engagement for human improvement, hence transcending the younger years into different stages of life.

This concentration fosters an environment for developing, nurturing, and growing relationships with the content of study including social, academic, spiritual, personal, and/or emotional dimensions. The primary function of these relationships is to enable growth, development, and learning.

An array of foundational courses provide different disciplinary perspectives, where students not only learn about education and schooling but also learn how disciplines construct the knowledge base for practitioners, researchers, and policymakers. In addition, coursework in this concentration offers opportunities to learn about human development, social systems, families, and communities.

In addition to learning about education and human improvement as a liberal art, Educational Studies will enable graduates to apply for the Masters of Arts in Teaching at Montclair State University. Hence, Educational Studies focuses on developing well-rounded, creative, and inquiry-oriented educators who have broad subject matter knowledge of topics taught in elementary schools, and who are committed to the betterment of children, communities, and society. The need for such learning experiences responds to the concept that teachers are intellectuals who know their students, who know the context of the communities, and who have a broad understanding of the subject matter they will teach.

Courses in Educational Foundations
Select 4 or 5 courses from the following (12-15 credits):
EDFD 200 Psychological Foundations of Education*
EDFD 220 Philosophical Orientations to Education
EDFD 221 Historical Foundations of American Education
EDFD 264 Gender and Education
EDFD 300 Assessment, Learning Sciences, and Ethics
EDFD 320 Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning
EDFD 445 Human Rights Education
EDFD 449 Current Issues in American Education

Courses in Family Science and Human Development
Select 3 or 4 courses from the following (9-12 credits)
FSHD 214 Child Development I*
FSHD 215 Infant Development
FSHD 225 Exploring Family Diversity
FSHD 314 Child Development II: Adolescence
FSHD 322 Play Techniques in Working with Children
FSHD 350 Immigrant Families
FSHD 445 Poverty and Families

* These two courses are required prerequisites for any student interested in pursuing the Masters of Art in Teaching (MAT) leading to a K-6 certification at MSU after completing the BA degree.

In addition to the two courses, students interested in applying for an MAT program are advised to take the following in their BA studies:

  • 6 credits of Science
  • 6 credits of Social Science
  • 6 credits of English/Language Arts
  • 3 credits of Mathematics

 

Credit Requirements

Requirement Credits
General Education Core 42
World Languages and World Cultures 3-9
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Core 6
Concentration (Humanities and Education Studies) 24
Electives 39-45
Total 120