Comparative Humanities

Program Suspension Notice - Comparative Humanities

This program is suspended effective 2017. For information about language studies and upcoming programs at EKU, please contact Abbey Poffenberger at or 859-622-2996.

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Comparative Humanities

Degree Options

  • B.A. in Comparative Humanities
  • Minor in Humanities

Who Would be Interested in Comparative Humanities?

A Humanities degree empowers you to pursue your own goals and provides you with transferable skills that employers always desire. Graduates find that their humanities education enriches their work and personal lives in lasting and rewarding ways. Humanities graduates are prepared to engage the world as active and knowledgeable global citizens, always ready to meet challenges and to learn more. Humanities graduates, both majors and dual majors, go on to successful, productive and satisfying futures in a wide variety of areas, including:

  • Teaching, Writing and Publishing
  • Public Relations and Advertising
  • Law and Medicine, and Journalism
  • The Arts, Music, Museums and Libraries
  • Graduate Programs in Humanities, Literature, the Arts and more

Humanities programs traditionally provide solid preparation for both the LSAT and the GRE tests for admission to Law and Graduate School.

Why Comparative Humanities?

  • Comparative Humanities is the interdisciplinary Liberal Arts degree program at EKU, offering a Major and Minor in Humanities plus General Education Courses. Humanities is the study of value in human life and of the ways that human beings create and share meaning as individuals, as communities, as cultures, and across cultures through time. Humanities fields include art and literature, philosophy and religion, history, music, dance, and more. Humanities is the place where these fields come together.
  • Studies in Comparative Humanities promote critical and creative thinking and provide excellent preparation for a variety of careers as well as graduate programs and law school.
  • Our upper-division courses focus on the Ancient and Medieval worlds, the Renaissance to Enlightenment period, The Modern World and Post-modernity, and Non-Western Traditions. Our General Education courses are organized around the theme of the search for meaning. All of our courses help to develop critical and creative thinking alongside an appreciation of the rich and complex variety of cultural expressions of humanity. Comparative Humanities courses are taught from an interdisciplinary perspective and with an emphasis on integrative thinking and historical understanding.
  • Best of all: at EKU, all of our Major and Minor courses are taught by fully qualified professors, not Teaching Assistants. Upper-level classes are small, so students have the opportunity to develop one-on-one relationships with their instructors in an immersion-like environment. Students gain practical skills and first-hand experiences in their field to prepare them for employment opportunities upon graduation or further study in graduate level educational programs.

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

Students can declare a Comparative Humanities program upon applying to EKU.

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • Pursuing Graduate Studies in Art and Design at the Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design 
  • Accepted to multiple nationally recognized prestigious law schools
  • Attending the Eastern Kentucky Emergency Medical Technician Program

How Do I Get More Information?
Contact any of the following Humanities Program Advisors:
Erik Liddell
Case Annex Office Building room 347

Neil Wright
Case Annex Office Building room 363

Are There Scholarship Opportunities?

  • Leslie Parrish Memorial Scholarship for Study Abroad