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Build a Broad Understanding of Human Behaviors, Beliefs and Ideas

Your Providence Humanities education will help you develop a critical understanding and appreciation for human nature, knowledge, values, interaction, arts and social constructs. This well-rounded program will prepare you for numerous fields, as you’ll be equipped to think analytically, critically and creatively. Study areas including history, literature, music and philosophy will put you in touch with the great artists, thinkers and writers who have shaped human culture.

Choose two of the following concentrations to complete your Humanities education: English Literature, History, Music or Philosophy.

*This program fulfills the requirements for entrance into the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and Brandon University. Contact for more information.

4 Years
Bachelor of Arts
Humanities Advanced Major
4 Years
Bachelor of Arts
Humanities Honours Major
3 Years
Bachelor of Arts
Humanities Major
Combine with any Major

For Entrance into the Humanities program

The prerequisite for entry into the Humanities major is a grade of "C" or better in any Humanities course. For students who have taken additional courses toward the major, a minimum GPA of 2.00 is required on all courses, excluding failed courses.

Program Concentrations

Each Humanities major is comprised of a double concentration (18 credit hours each) in any two: English Literature, History, Music, or Philosophy, plus the general requirements for all Providence University College Bachelor of Arts degree programs. 

  • English Literature
    • Focus on various literary periods from classical to contemporary while also learning about women writers, gender issues and religious themes throughout literary history. Practice the process of writing and developing excellent analytical skills.
  • History
    • Explore the past through the study of western civilization, the history of Christianity, Canada's history and women in history. Improve your writing skills by evaluating evidence and reconciling different perspectives of interpretations of the past.
  • Music
    • Study the theory and history of music and develop performance and musicianship through composition, conducting and musicology.
  • Philosophy
    • Think about life's big questions in a disciplined yet imaginative way while studying and engaging with the work of great historical thinkers. Learn to think clearly and critically as you examine the origins of important ideas that influence us today.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please look to the Academic Calendar for full information and course lists. If there are discrepancies between the information listed here and in the Academic Calendar, the Academic Calendar is definitive.


  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Language and Culture
  • Intercultural Service Learning
  • Global Problems and Change
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Music Theory

Michael Gilmour, Ph.D. (Program Coordinator)Professor of New Testament & English Literature

Patricia Janzen Loewen, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of History

Hendrik van der Breggen, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Philosophy

Luann Hiebert, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of English Literature

Graduates build careers in teaching, research, global missions and social work. Others pursue graduate studies.