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The King’s College program in Humanities is an interdisciplinary, historically-oriented humanities degree centered on the history, philosophy, literature, and arts of Western Civilization. The program prepares students to: a) think carefully about the ideas that have shaped our culture for centuries; b) understand how those ideas have influenced the history of Christian faith and practice; and c) reflect on the relationship between intellectual formation and character formation more generally.


Today’s academy has largely abandoned the focused study of these ideas, but they remain a valuable source of wisdom and understanding that can equip us to challenge the assumptions of our day and prepare us to think carefully about the relationship between our faith and our culture.

Those who major in Humanities will be well-trained in the reading, writing, and thinking skills necessary for advanced academic study and success in the marketplace. The Humanities major particularly provides excellent preparation for students interested in entering the rapidly-growing field of classical Christian education.

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The Humanities major is distinctive in several ways. Our historical orientation emphasizes the ancient and medieval traditions across the primary disciplines comprising the major. The interdisciplinarity of the major, conjoined with additional emphases in Economics, Politics, and Religion, provides students with a robust conception of the world, and helps them to integrate more fully their reflections on character and relationship to the world beyond their intellects alone.

The broad scope of the Humanities major ensures that graduates will study many of the classic texts within the western tradition and the key questions that both originally inspired and continue to animate them.


Plus five electives from a list of history, humanities, Latin, literature, philosophy, and politics courses, including two in history and one each in literature and philosophy. Please see the College Catalog for the full list of eligible electives.


Featured Profiles

Andrés Martinez (’20)
Summer Studio at Institute of Classical Architecture & Art

Andrés chose King’s because of its emphasis on the classics. Though his long-term goal is to study architecture, he wanted to understand foundational philosophies first. At an event in New York City, Andrés met the classical architect Duncan G. Stroik, who told him about an opportunity to study at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s summer studio, an ideal preparation for graduate study of architecture. Andres applied and was accepted to the program, attending with scholarship funding from the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust. At ICAA, Andrés saw how his background in philosophy, religion, and the classics was a huge advantage. “Other students were cringing during the theoretical conversations,” he says, “but I felt extremely well prepared to participate in classroom discussion because of my King’s classes.”

Andrew Welser

Andrew Welser (’19)
2018 Winner of the Waldbaum Archaeology Scholarship

In the summer before his senior year, Andrew participated in the archaeology field school at Cerveteri, Italy, an Etruscan-Roman site listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. To help fund his tuition, Andrew was awarded the Jane C. Waldbaum Field School Scholarship from the Archaeological Institute of America for students participating in archaeological fieldwork for the first time. Andrew says that his education at King’s helped him to “jump into the world of classical archeology without missing a beat. My ancient philosophy classes gave me a firm grounding in classical Greek thought, and my economics and politics classes helped me to understand the significance of the Etruscans’ trading network and the implications this had for their religious and political institutions.”