Jun 26, 2019  
2018-2019 Scripps Catalog 
2018-2019 Scripps Catalog

Humanities Major in Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture Major

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The Major is designed to meet the following criteria:

  1. To furnish students with an understanding of the history of the concept of culture and of the ways in which that concept has developed in various disciplines and from different philosophical and theoretical points of view.
  2. To allow the combination of gradual specialization and a sustained interdisciplinary approach. As students progress through the major they will be required to consider cultural phenomena from a variety of intellectual perspectives; this will entail detailed study of specific topics in different disciplines.
  3. To facilitate the choice of an interdisciplinary topic for the senior thesis in the fourth year. The breadth of the previous years’ work is intended to allow a considered decision on the topic of the thesis as well as a wide scope within which to work.

Requirements for the Major

A major in the Humanities Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture requires a minimum of 11 courses including a senior thesis.

Courses in Theory and Method (three courses)

  • Two HMSC theory courses numbered 120-139
  • One course in Method to be determined in consultation with the department chair

Examples (for illustration purposes only):
ANTH 002 SC - Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology 
ENGL180 SC Seminar in Literary Theory  
PHIL 154 SC - Philosophy of Social Sciences  

Courses in Topics in the Study of Culture (four courses)

  • After consultation with their faculty adviser(s) in the major, students must take four courses, normally from different disciplines; at least three of these courses must be upper-level.

Specialized Courses (four courses)

  • Two additional upper-level courses relating to the thesis topic, normally from different disciplines, to be selected by the student after consultation with the faculty adviser in the major.
  • Senior Seminar
  • Senior Thesis

Honors Requirements

In addition to completing all the requirements of the major, a student who wishes to pursue the Honors Program in Humanities: Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture must receive a GPA of 11.0 (A-) in the major and a grade of A or A- on the senior thesis. Students must apply in writing to the chair by the end of the junior year, outlining the cluster of courses they will take, along with the Senior Seminar, to complete the major and indicating their relevance to the senior thesis project they intend to carry out. Honors will be awarded following a successful thesis defense before members of the HMSC faculty and/or the readers of the candidate's senior thesis.

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