Humanities, Certificate

Program Description

The Humanities Certificate is part of a Texas A&M University System-wide initiative funded by a grant from the Teagle Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The certificate is designed to enhance engagement with the humanities across the system campuses, particularly among students in STEM and pre-professional disciplines.  Employers in STEM and professional fields are increasingly interested in job candidates who demonstrate the highly adaptable skills associated with the humanities: critical thinking and creative problem-solving, ethical reasoning and cultural awareness, written and oral communication, and empathy and interpersonal relationship-building.  The Humanities Certificate is designed to cultivate these skills in ways that connect directly to students’ career pathways.  

The first three of the four courses required for the certificate can all be taken as a part of the University Core Curriculum program. Specific sections of Core courses counting towards the certificate will be designated in the course schedule. Students should consult with their academic advisor to ensure the courses for the certificate also meet the requirements of their declared degree or minor program.  

Student Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes for the Humanities Certificate program are rooted in the core curriculum principles Critical Thinking, Communication, Social Responsibility, and Personal Responsibility. The certificate designated course sections will encourage students to connect these skills to their own personal goals and experiences.

  • Critical/Integrative Thinking: Students will apply insights from the humanities (i.e., examinations of human history, culture, language, ethics, and aesthetics) to problems or questions that intersect with other areas of inquiry, including STEM and professional disciplines. (Core Outcome Alignment: Critical Thinking)
  • Communication: Students will communicate ideas effectively through writing and, where appropriate, through oral communication, visual communication, or creative performance. (Core Outcome Alignment: Communication)
  • Ethical Reasoning: Students will engage with multiple perspectives in exploring the human dimensions of real-world situations and problems. (Core Outcome Alignment: Personal Responsibility; Critical Thinking)
  • Cultural Awareness: Students will demonstrate an appreciation for social and cultural diversity while engaging in critical analysis of various forms of literary, artistic, or cultural expression. (Core Outcome Alignment: Social Responsibility; Critical Thinking)

Program Requirements

Required Course
HUMA 2301The Human Experience3
Core Curriculum Courses
Choose two certificate designated sections of Core Curriculum courses 16
Upper-level Humanities Elective
Choose one 3000 - 4000 level humanities course 23
Total Hours12

Core courses designated as counting toward the Certificate will be identified on the course schedule published each term. 


Electives must be at the 3000 or 4000-level from any Humanities discipline: ARTS, BLKS, DANC, ENGL, HIST, MUSI, MXAS, PHIL, SPAN, THEA, or WGST. 

Course Sequencing

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
HUMA 2301 The Human Experience 3
Certificate Designated Core Curriculum Course Section 3
Second Year
Certificate Designated Core Curriculum Course Section 3
Third Year
Upper-level Humanities Elective 3
 Total Hours12