Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


With six concentrations to choose from, a degree in humanities from McNeese will prepare you to pursue a career in a wide range of fields after graduation.

Program Highlights

What is a Humanities Degree?

The Bachelor of Arts in Humanities degree program at McNeese encompasses a broad range of subjects related to liberal studies, arts and social sciences. As a student in the humanities program, you’ll get an in-depth education in your content area and learn how to think analytically and critically, communicate effectively, problem solve, research and understand a wide range of concepts, subjects and theories.

Six concentrations to choose from

Contained under the umbrella of the humanities degree, each of our six concentrations offers students a unique and complex field of study to pursue, from the study of how natural environments and landscapes impact human society and culture through our geography degree program, to how ideas about gender shape relationships through the women and gender studies degree program.

At a Glance

Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Program Length: 4 years (120 credit hours)

Availability: in person

Program overview

Explore More for Majors in Humanities

Become a major in humanities at McNeese and you'll enjoy small classes that feature hands-on learning and a one-of-a-kind educational experience. Program highlights include:

In-Depth Research:

Through close consultation with experienced faculty, majors in humanities have the chance to explore a specific area of their concentration and develop their research, analytical, writing and critical thinking skills through an in-depth capstone research seminar project.

Student Organizations:

Housed in the College of Liberal Arts, the humanities degree program offers students the chance to join a number of concentration-specific on-campus student organizations, including the National Theatre Honor Society Alpha Si Omega, McNeese Debate Council, Multicultural Engagement, Philosophy Club, Pre-Law and Politics Society and Progressives of McNeese State.

Applied Learning:

McNeese’s humanities degree program offers immersive learning experiences, personal mentorships with expert faculty members and internship and service learning opportunities in a variety of settings. Whatever area you decide to focus on, you will have the opportunity to apply what you learn in the classroom to the real world.

Experienced Faculty:

The faculty in the College of Liberal Arts include subject-matter experts, active researchers and published authors who are committed to ensuring student success both inside and outside the classroom. Professors and staff members meet one-on-one with majors in humanities to discuss educational and career goals and provide personalized advising, helping ensure students get the most out of their experience at McNeese.

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Humanities Bachelor's Degree Program Concentrations


Geography majors study how physical landscapes impact the societies, economic systems and cultures of the people who live there. Students also learn cartographic concepts, including map interpretation, creation and analysis.

General Humanities

Students who are interested in a broad exploration of subjects can major in humanities, which allows them to mix and match curriculum from a variety of disciplines in humanities.


Our concentration in philosophy introduces students to Western philosophy from ancient Greece to the modern era. Philosophy majors engage with and explore theories about the nature of the human mind, free will and the foundations of knowledge and ethics.


Looking to go into law school? The pre-law concentration at McNeese prepares students with a solid foundation in the judicial process, political philosophy and constitutional interpretation.

Theatre Arts

Theatre majors receive hands-on experience in all aspects of the stage in our theatre arts concentration, including performance, light and sound design and stage management.

Theatre Arts
Women and Gender Studies

In this concentration, students explore the interdisciplinary study of sex, sexuality, gender roles and stereotypes among different social, cultural and religious groups throughout history.

Women and Gender Studies
Careers and Opportunities

What Can You Do with a Degree in Humanities?

McNeese's humanities bachelor's degree program encourages students to develop into well-rounded professionals with skills in a variety of critical areas that are highly valued by employers. Or students can continue their education in graduate school for higher salary positions in business, industry or academia.

Graduate Programs

  • Juris Doctorate
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Master of Arts in Humanities
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
  • Master of Arts in Theater Arts
  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies
  • Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Master of Applied Geography Degree
  • Master of Philosophy

Job Titles

  • Actor
  • Archivist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Cartographer
  • Charity Fundraiser
  • Choreographer
  • Civil Service Administrator
  • Communications Consultant
  • Community Development Worker
  • Congressional Aide
  • Copywriter
  • Costume Designer
  • Database Administrator
  • Editor
  • Geographical Information Systems Officer
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • International Aid Worker
  • Journalist
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Media Analyst
  • Mediator
  • Playwright
  • Props Master
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Set Designer
  • Social Worker
  • Sound Designer
  • Special Events Technician
  • Stage Manager
  • Technical Writer
  • Theatre Director
  • Town Planner
  • Union Organizer
  • Victims’ Advocate
  • Youth Worker

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Program Contact

Dr. Michael Smith, Department Head