Department of Humanistic Studies

In the Department of Humanistic Studies (HUST), we invite you to think across traditional departmental lines. In our four-semester program of study, you’ll examine the literature, art, and history of Western culture as an integrated whole, from ancient Greece and Rome to the present, emphasizing Christianity’s dynamic role. In short, HUST offers you the chance to study it all.  


We offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in humanistic studies. In addition to a wide range of electives, we offer scholarships for studying abroad opportunities, which rounds out this integrative discipline. The department sponsors the annual Christian Culture Lecture, which brings widely known speakers to campus. HUST majors get to interact with these speakers in small settings—classes, lunches, and dinners—for a richer, more intimate experience.


The faculty in the Department of Humanistic Studies is comprised of accomplished experts and scholars who match their passion for humanistic studies with a dedication to teaching and mentoring. Their areas of research interests include British intellectual history and historical writing, history of feminist thought, daily religious life in medieval England, history of cartography, and digital humanities.


You’ll find our humanistic studies alumnae achieving great things all over the country, and as part of the Saint Mary’s sisterhood, they serve as valuable professional connections. Our graduates have pursued advanced degrees at the University of Notre Dame, Villanova, Michigan State University, Indiana University, Tulane University, the University of Illinois, Wayne State University, and Valparaiso University. With a degree in humanistic studies, you’ll be well prepared for graduate school, as well as a diverse range of careers.