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BACHELOR OF ARTS | HUMANITIES

Overview | Humanities

The Humanities Major offers students the opportunity to create a degree that matches their God-given talents and interests. Students craft their major around their interests in the areas of psychology, history, literature, language, and writing. Through the minor program, students build on the foundation that the major provides through any of MBU’s 30 minors.

Additionally, the degree has 15 open elective hours that allow students to explore other areas of interest. As an element of the program’s flexibility, students can earn a master’s degree in Bible at the same time that they are earning their bachelor’s degree, thus paving the way to seminary for those interested in preaching, missions, or other church ministry.

 

Program Outcomes

  • Students are able to demonstrate critical thinking skills.
  • Students are able to do scholarly research.
  • Students are able to communicate clearly to a range of audiences in writing or in speaking.
  • Students are able to communicate the characteristics of Western culture through interaction with literature, history, philosophy, and apologetics.

Suggested Course Schedule

Semester 1

Old Testament Survey (3)
English Composition (3)
Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)
The Modern World (3)
Music Elective (2)
Bible Electives (3)
Math or Science Elective (3)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 2

New Testament Survey (3)
English Composition 2 (6)
Intro to Humanities (3)
Math or Science Elective (3)
Humanities Elective (3)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 1

Computer Applications (3)
Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (3)
Minor (3)
Literature Elective (3)
Humanities Elective (3)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 2

Baptist Heritage (3)
Composition and Literature (3)
Minor (3)
Humanities Elective (3)
Open Elective (3)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 1

Introduction to Philosophy (2)
Recent and Contemporary Amer. (3)
Bible Doctrine (or Theology 1) (3)
Minor (3)
Humanities Electives (6)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

Oral Communication Elective (2)
Bible Doctrine (or Theology 2) (3)
Minor (3)
Humanities Electives (6)
Open Elective (3)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 1

Bible Elective (3)
Humanities Electives (6)
Minor (3)
Open Electives (5)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

Capstone/Internship (3)
Bible Elective (3)
Humanities Elective (3)
Minor (3)
Open Electives (4)

 

Total Credits: 15

Alumni Spotlight

Richard (‘14) and Amanda (14’) Warren
Richard (‘14) and Amanda (14’) Warren live in Watertown, WI. Richard graduated with a BA in Humanities: Applied Science, and participated in MBU’s ROTC program, commissioning as a second lieutenant, and Amanda graduated with a BA in Humanities: Letters and went on to earn her MA in Strategic Communication. Richard has achieved the rank of first lieutenant and currently serves with the 826th Ordnance Company based out of Madison, WI. Amanda contributes extensively to the university theatre program and teaches digital media courses for MBU. In addition she runs Amanda Ly Warren, LLC, specializing in wedding and portrait photography.

Lydia Scott (‘14)
Lydia Scott (‘14) graduated with a BA in Humanities Cross Cultural. She currently teaches English and participates in music opportunities in Hong Kong, actively seeking evangelistic and discipleship opportunities with her students and colleagues. Lydia, eager to show God’s love to a culture that clashes with the message of the gospel, says, “Maranatha focuses on the centricity of the Bible and on God’s role in all aspects of life—important lessons that I greatly appreciate and will use lifelong.”

Garrett Holmes (’14)

Garrett Holmes (’14) earned his Humanities Letters Major with a ROTC Minor. Within hours of graduation, he was commissioned as an Air Force officer and attended several Air Force flight training programs. “Our diverse mission sets in the MQ-9 include intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); close air support (CAS); and dynamic precision strike.” He belongs to an elite group that is certified to fly the MQ-9 Reaper (pictured), the USAF’s premier remotely piloted asset.

Adam Burton (’14)

Adam graduated in 2014 with a BA in Humanities and a History minor. He then attended law school and passed the Virginia Bar Exam on his first attempt. Throughout law school and in studying for the bar exam, Adam relied on the researching, writing, and public speaking skills he learned during his time at MBU. “I am thankful for the time I spent in the Humanities Department at MBU that prepared me for law school and the bar.” Adam currently works for a financial services business, Equity 1, Inc.

Brynn Fitzimmons (’16)

Brynn Fitzimmons earned a B.A. in Humanities Letters with a writing minor. Following graduation, she worked as a journalist and then as a legislative assistant at the Wisconsin State Capitol. She recently completed her M.A. in English with an emphasis in manuscript, print culture, and editing at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, where she taught discourse as a graduate assistant. Brynn has used the project concept in an additional teaching opportunity at Brighton Academy. She has also served her community through a storytelling board game program at a local juvenile detention center and through work with Prolepsis KC, a non-profit community service arts organization. Brynn has been accepted for doctoral work at the University of Kansas.

Related Minors

Criminal Justice
Cross-Cultural Studies
Digital Media Communications
English
Office Management
Photography
Public Speaking
TESOL
Writing

Potential Career Fields

Communications
Government
Public Relations
Collegiate Teaching
Writer/Editor
Social Scientist
Healthcare
Advertising Executive
Law School
Business
International Aid Agent
Immigration

*Some careers and employment positions require graduate degrees, specialized training, or addtional certification and licenses.

MBU Program Faculty

Dr. Jeffrey Miller

College of Arts and Sciences | Associate Professor

Credentials:

Ph.D. Communications, Regent University

MA Theatre, University of Akron

BS Secondary Education, Maranatha Baptist University

Jennifer Meinhardt

College of Arts and Sciences | Assistant Professor

Credentials:

MA History, Bob Jones University

BS History Education, Maranatha Baptist University

BS English Education, Maranatha Baptist University

Jerry Kolwinska

College of Arts and Sciences | Associate Professor

Credentials:

MS English Education, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

MS School Administration, Maranatha Baptist University

BS Christian Education, Faith Baptist Bible College

Angela Morris

College of Arts and Sciences | Associate Professor

Credentials:

MS Communication, University Wisconsin-Whitewater

BS Speech Education, Maranatha Baptist University

CELTA Certification, Cambridge

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