Program overview

If you want the freedom to explore a broad array of humanities disciplines as well as the ability to focus deeply in an area of particular interest, this major combines the best of both worlds. You gain a multidimensional perspective through the study of history, literature, philosophy, religion, and languages, and a senior thesis allows you to develop expertise in and passion around a specific topic of your choosing. By developing critical thinking and communication skills, self-direction, and the ability to analyze information, you will acquire a suite of highly transferable skills that will be prized by employers in numerous fields.

Why UNE for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities

Unlike many other college and university majors in interdisciplinary studies, ours requires courses across the full range of humanities. And we focus solely on the humanities, giving you the deepest and broadest possible understanding of the human condition.

  • Flexible  curriculum, allowing for double  majors and minors
  • Instruction in digital skills
  • Impressive archival collections for research and creative  projects
  • Intriguing internships
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Option of our unique HuMed program to prepare for medical school while pursuing your passion for the humanities
  • Pre-Law option to prepare for law school


The study of the humanities inculcates a unique set of skills that will set you apart in the job market. The ability to think analytically, to draw connections between disparate things, and to communicate effectively are skills that are adaptable to virtually any field you choose. Graduates who major in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities may pursue numerous professions, including:

  • Journalist/Writer/Author
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Health Care Provider
  • Corporate Researcher
  • Project Manager
  • Web Content Manager
  • Museum Professional
  • Teacher
  • Artist

Career Advising

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, Career Advising is here to help you plan your next step.


of graduates employed or enrolled in grad school within one year of graduation

(per 2016-2020 graduate surveys)

in Maine for getting a job


(Zippia, 2021)

Student Financial Services

One of the most important considerations when committing to a college or university is cost. We work with you and your family to help make your education affordable by pricing our tuition competitively and offering financial assistance.


Examples of Available Courses

The following are some examples of the exciting courses that you can take:

  • Graphic Medicine
  • Criminals, Idiots, and Minors: Victorian Women and the Law
  • Literatures of the Sea
  • History of Drugs in the Americas
  • Holocaust in History and Memory
  • War Letters
  • Good, Evil, Right, and Wrong
  • God, Life, and Hereafter
  • Biomedical Ethics

Honors Program

We offer qualified students the option of graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. Interested students should consult with their advisor.


CAS Core Requirements Credits
Total 42-46
Program Required Courses Credits
LIL 420- Senior Thesis/Project 3
LIL 495- Internship (Optional) Courses will count toward the 11 total humanities courses that students are required to take. 3-9
Humanities Discipline Courses (11 courses) (see list below) five courses must be taken at the 300-level or above 33
Total 36
Open Electives (as needed to reach 120 credits) Variable
Minimum Required Total Credits 120

Humanities Discipline Eligible Courses

History Courses (All Classes with a HIS prefix are eligible) Credits
ENV 335: Environmental History of New England 3
PSC: 110 The Politics of Culture: Inventing Traditions 3
MUS 216: History of American Popular Music 3
MUS 220: History of Jazz 3
ARH 210: Art History Survey I 3
ARH 211: Art History Survey II 3
ARH 260: Renaissance & Baroque Art 3
ARH 270: Art in the Modern World 3
ARH 276: Art History Human Traditions I 3
ARH 278: Art History Human Traditions II 3
ARH 322 G: History of Spanish Art 3
English Courses (All Classes with an ENG prefix are eligible) Credits
LIT 121: Literature, Nature, and the Environment 3
LIT 122: Literature, Nature, and the Environment 3
LIT 124: Literature, Nature, and the Environment 3
ENV 334: Contemporary Nature Writing 3
ENV 338: Environmental Topics in Popular Lyrics 3
ENV 333: The Nature Writers w/ Field Lab 3
PSC 300: Egypt Through the Eye of Mahfouz 3
PSC 304: The Middle East and Africa through Films 3
MUS 101: Introduction to Music 3
MUS 218: Music in Film and Animation 3
Philosophy Courses (All Classes with a PHI prefix are eligible) Credits
ENV 344: Environmental Ethics 3
PSC 260: The Politics of Evil 3
PSC 200: Introduction to Political Theory 3
REL 204: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in the Spanish Context 3
REL 276: Religion in Human Traditions I 3
REL 278: Religion in Human Traditions II 3


  • Students may count three language classes (Spanish, Arabic, French, etc.) toward their Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities major.

There may be additional classes in the CAS catalog that are applicable (and new courses are added each year). Students should consult with the Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities program director to petition for inclusion of additional classes.

Students in this major can participate in the pre-health graduate school preparation tracks.

To learn more about the program see the Academic Catalog.

Changes were made to this program in an addendum to the 2022/23 academic calendar. Please see the 2022–2023 Catalog Addendum (PDF) for the most recent information. As always, it is recommended that students seek the guidance of Academic Advisors for course and program planning. In this way, you will be able to access all the most up-to-date information available.

Pre-Law Emphasis

If you are considering law school after you graduate, you should consult with faculty in the Department of History and Philosophy to design an appropriate course of study. The Pre-Law Emphasis ensures that you develop a foundation in the humanities that will prepare you for law school and success in the legal profession.


As a student in our program, you learn from faculty across the departments of Creative and Fine ArtsEnglish, History and Philosophy, and Political Science.

For questions about the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities program, contact Catherine Frank at (207) 602-2709 or

Experiential Learning

Whether you’re conducting research in UNE’s archives for your senior capstone thesis, getting real-world experience at an internship, or traveling the globe as part of a study-abroad program, the Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities major emphasizes learning by doing.

Hands-On Activities

  • Conduct research or produce creative projects to present at local, regional, and national venues
  • Complete on-campus or off-campus internships
  • Study abroad for international experience

Senior Capstone Thesis

Your thesis provides an opportunity to take a deep dive into a subject that captivates you. Because this major is all about making interdisciplinary connections, many students choose a thesis that combines multiple areas of interest. Past topics have included:

  • Women and blacksmithing in New England
  • History and significance of tattoos
  • Music of social change
  • Representation of culture and identity in Argentine films

Global education

See The World

The study of humanities uncovers universal truths about human nature while it simultaneously reveals the deep diversity of our experiences. There is no better complement to humanities studies than traveling abroad to experience first-hand what unites us and what makes us different. Spend a semester in Spain, France, Iceland, or Morocco. Or choose from among our shorter travel courses that take you to places such as Ireland, Cuba, Italy, Mexico, and Kenya.

Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.