CRITERIA FOR HUMS COURSES
Provide a multidisciplinary, or interdisciplinary focus on specific cultures or civilizations, tracing their existence across a significant span of time
Address a common theme or set of analytic questions comparatively
Introduce students to a range of issues concerning the kinds of communities – political, social, moral, and religious – that human beings construct for themselves and the values that inform and define such communities
Encourage a reflective approach to the understanding of the past and what it can bring to the present
While readings change from time to time, the factors that lead to adoption of a text always include historical influence, the presentation of ideas of enduring importance, and the demonstrated ability of a text to provoke productive discussion.