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College of Liberal Arts
University of Mississippi


Study the Humanities

How do we process and document the human experience? Humanities disciplines teach students to communicate, to read critically, to ask questions about ourselves and our world, and to appreciate difference.

What kind of jobs can you get with a degree in the humanities? Here are a few:

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The liberal arts empowers and prepares you to deal with complexity, diversity, and change through a broad knowledge of yourself and the world. Develop a sense of social responsibility and key intellectual skills sought in the workforce.

According to the National Association of Colleges & Employers survey, employers value:

  • Written communication
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Initiative
  • Quantitative skills
  • Work ethic
  • Verbal communication
  • Leadership

Majors for the Bachelor of Arts degree

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Classics with a required emphasis in ancient Greek, classical civilization, or Latin
  • English with an optional emphasis in creative writing; editing, writing & publishing; or literature, justice & society
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy with an optional emphasis in religious studies
  • Rhetoric
  • Spanish

Explore College Programs


  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Ethics & Values
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Portuguese
  • Professional Writing
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Teaching English as a Second Language

Combine your traditional academic interests with these related multidisciplinary programs for powerful, integrative learning experiences that expand your interests and career options:

  • African American Studies
  • Cinema
  • Digital Media Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • International Studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Museum Studies
  • Society & Health
  • Southern Studies

Learn More About Our Students’ Journey in the Humanities

Our Student Ambassadors can show you what it’s like to be in your major. Click the links below to see their profile and Instagram.

“My relationships with the faculty changed the course of my life. They knew me on a first name basis, and I appreciated the fondness and accountability that closeness brought with it. My courses were challenging but rewarding, and the professors knew how to push me in encouraging ways.”

—Libby Tyson (BA classics and English) volunteered with AmeriCorp in Washington, DC before she began the museum studies program at the University of San Francisco.

“The ability to communicate is so valuable in life, and what better place to learn this than in Oxford, Mississippi? There is something about this place that inspires development and creativity.”

—Julie Dhossche (BA biochemistry and English), a pediatric dermatologist in Portland, Oregon.