BA in Humanities

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Humanities Program Overview

Our online Bachelor of Arts in Humanities program is designed for individuals who want to learn to think more critically, communicate more clearly, and problem-solve more effectively.

This program offers an intensive, multidisciplinary approach to understanding human cultures through study in the fields of art, communication, English, history, music, foreign languages, and other areas in the humanities. Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll be equipped with a well-rounded foundation of knowledge that prepares you to succeed in a diverse range of industries, whether you’re preparing to enter a new field or advance within your current position.

If you’re a working professional whose job or family commitments have kept you from completing a degree, this online program is ideal for you. As a student, you’ll earn the same esteemed degree as you would on campus, with the added convenience of learning fully online at your own pace.

Careers for BA in Humanities Graduates

An online BA in humanities from UT Permian Basin empowers you with knowledge and skills that will enhance your success in a broad range of roles, including:

  • Teacher
  • Advertising Sales Agent
  • Artist
  • Counselor
  • Event Organizer
  • Writer
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Travel Agent
  • Lawyer
  • Military
  • Ministry
Humanities General Education

Students must complete 42 credits from the following areas of study to complete general education requirements: communication (6 credits); U.S. history (6 credits), language, philosophy, and culture (3 credits); mathematics (3 or 4 credits); life and physical sciences (8 credits); political science (6 credits); creative arts (3 credits); component area (4 credits). No courses used to complete the general education requirements may also be used to complete the requirements for the tracks within the humanities major.

Courses
Duration
Credits
ENGL 1301 - Composition I
8 weeks
3
Composition I offers intensive instruction in the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and proofreading), emphasizing the recursive nature of the process and the importance of the relationship among writer, audience, and subject. The course will also explore the connection between writing and critical thinking and the usefulness of writing as a tool for learning in all fields of knowledge. Students enrolling in Composition I will be expected to have a good command of standard written English.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Summer 2021 Summer B 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022 Spring A 2022 Spring B 2022
ENGL 1302 - Composition II
8 weeks
3
Composition II covers argument, rhetorical analysis and the research paper. In this course students analyze and respond to texts of various kinds through essays and research papers. Students will learn to defend their points of view by using textual evidence and strong rhetoric. Readings and exercises help student learn to write broad-minded, well-informed essays in polished academic prose that moves and educates the reader.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 - Composition I
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Summer B 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Fall B 2021 Whole Spring 2022 Spring B 2022
HIST 1301 - History of the United States to 1877
8 weeks
3
A survey of major social, economic, and political developments in the United States from European colonization through Reconstruction.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
HIST 1302 - History of the United States Since 1877
8 weeks
3
A survey of major social, economic, and political developments in the United States from 1877 to the present.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
PLSC 2305 - American National Politics
8 weeks
3
An examination of American national political institutions and processes. Satisfies state requirement in U.S. government.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Summer A 2022
PLSC 2306 - State and Local Politics
8 weeks
3
An examination of state and local political institutions and processes. Satisfies state requirement in Texas government.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Summer B 2022
MATH 1314 - College Algebra
8 weeks
4
Study of quadratics, polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; systems of equations; progressions; sequences and series; and matrices and determinants.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
MATH 1332 - Contemporary Mathematics I
8 weeks
3
Modern applications of mathematics including graph theory, optimization, data organization, and social decision models.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
MATH 1324 - Applications of Discrete Mathematics
8 weeks
4
Mathematics for modeling in the social and behavioral sciences. Topics include algebra, linear equations in two variables, and exponential and logarithmic functions. Other topics are chosen by the instructor. Course emphasizes application to social science and economics.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
MATH 2412 - Precalculus
8 weeks
4
College algebra (sets, functions, relations, logic), trigonometry (circular functions, logarithms, and exponential functions), and analytic geometry (standard form conic sections).
Prerequisites: MATH 1314 - College Algebra MATH 1324 - Applications of Discrete Mathematics
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
COMM 1315 - Introduction to Public Speaking
8 weeks
3
Introduces students to the theory and practice of public speaking, with an emphasis on invention, arrangement, and delivery of informative and persuasive speeches. Further emphasis is given to the reduction of anxieties associated with public speaking.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Fall A 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring A 2022 Whole Spring 2022 Spring B 2022
COMM 1115 - Communication Lab
8 weeks
1
Practical activities across the sub-disciplines of the field of communication.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022
COMM 1301 - Introduction to the Study of Communication
8 weeks
3
An introductory course that surveys the history, development, and future directions of the field of communication. Equal emphasis is placed on understanding application of theory to everyday situations and learning introductory approaches to research.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Fall B 2021 Whole Spring 2022 Spring B 2022
ENGL 2322 - British Literature to 1800
8 weeks
3
Chronological survey of major works in British Literature from Anglo-Saxon times, through the Restoration and late 18th century.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
ENGL 2323 - British Literature Since 1800
16 weeks
3
Chronological survey of major works of British Literature from the late 18th century (about 1800) to the Modern Period.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
ENGL 2327 - American Literature to 1865
8 weeks
3
Chronological examination of writers, works, and movements in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry through 1865.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
ENGL 2328 - American Literature Since 1865
16 weeks
3
Chronological examination of writers, works, and movements in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from 1865 to the present.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
BIOL 1306 - General Biology I
8 weeks
3
Introduction to the biological sciences, with emphasis on the structure, function, and physiology of the cell: genetics, and bioenergetics. The first of the two semester freshman biology sequence for Biology majors and minors, and all disciplines that require the majors Biology sequence, although students of all majors may take it to fulfill general education science requirements.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
BIOL 1106 - General Biology I Laboratory
8 weeks
1
Laboratory methods in the biological sciences, directed toward the structure and function of the cell.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
BIOL 1307 - General Biology II
8 weeks
4
Introduction to the biological sciences, with emphasis on the biology of organisms, their evolution, and the environment. The second of the two semester freshman biology sequence for Biology majors and minors, and all disciplines that require the majors Biology sequence, although students of all majors may take it to fulfill general education science requirements.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1306 - General Biology I
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Whole Spring 2022
BIOL 1107 - General Biology II Laboratory
8 weeks
1
Laboratory methods for the study of the structure, function, and the environment of organisms.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Whole Spring 2022
BIOL 1308 - Biology for Non-Science Majors
8 weeks
3
A survey of the fundamental principles that apply to living organisms. These include cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, physiology, biodiversity, and ecology.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022
BIOL 1108 - Biology for Non Science Majors Laboratory
8 weeks
1
The laboratory will provide practical and interactive experiments and demonstrations of concepts covered in BIOL 1308.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022
CHEM 1311 - General Chemistry I
8 weeks
3
An introduction to chemistry, fundamentals of atomic structure and bonding, periodic chart, chemical nomenclature, equations, and reactions.
Prerequisites: MATH 1314 - College Algebra
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2021
CHEM 1111 - General Chemistry Lab I
8 weeks
1
Experiments related to principles and topics covered in CHEM 1311.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
CHEM 1312 - General Chemistry II
8 weeks
3
Continuation of Chem 1311. Kinetics, equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, environmental chemistry, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry.
Prerequisites: CHEM 1311 - General Chemistry I CHEM 1111 - General Chemistry Lab I
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021
CHEM 1112 - General Chemistry Lab II
8 weeks
1
Experiments related to principles and topics covered in CHEM 1312.
Prerequisites: CHEM 1311 - General Chemistry I CHEM 1111 - General Chemistry Lab I
Semesters Offered:
GEOL 1301 - Physical Geology
8 weeks
3
Survey of Earth’s structure, composition, and the dynamic processes that have resulted in the modern distribution of the Earth’s geographic regions, landforms, resources, and geologic hazards.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Summer 2021 Summer B 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
GEOL 1101 - Physical Geology Laboratory
8 weeks
1
Laboratory methods in the physical geological sciences.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Summer 2021 Summer B 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
GEOL 1302 - Historical Geology
8 weeks
3
Study of Earth’s origin, geologic time, and the major sequential physical and biological events that culminate in the modern distribution of ecosystems. Special emphasis is placed on the geological history of North America.
Prerequisites: GEOL 1301 - Physical Geology GEOL 1101 - Physical Geology Laboratory
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Summer B 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
GEOL 1102 - Historical Geology Laboratory
8 weeks
1
Laboratory methods in historical geology, with emphasis on paleontology.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Summer B 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
PHYS 2325 - University Physics I
8 weeks
3
Basic concepts of Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics using calculus.
Prerequisites: MATH 2413 - Calculus I
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
PHYS 2125 - University Physics I Laboratory
8 weeks
1
Experiments in Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
PHYS 2326 - University Physics II
8 weeks
3
Basic concepts of oscillatory motion, electricity, magnetism, nature of light, optics, relativity, and quantum theory using calculus.
Prerequisites: PHYS 2325 - University Physics I PHYS 2125 - University Physics I Laboratory
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
PHYS 2126 - University Physics II Laboratory
8 weeks
1
Experiments in oscillatory motion, electricity, magnetism, nature of light, optics, and quantum theory.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
ARTS 1301 - Art Appreciation
8 weeks
3
The study of art, its role in society, the creative process, and standards of artistic judgment.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
DRAM 1306 - Introduction to Theatre Arts
8 weeks
3
Introduction to Theatre Arts provides students the opportunity to learn to engage in the collaborative arts which are put into practice in the crafting of a stage production: dramatic writing, theatrical design and technology, acting and directing. Students undertake short projects in each of these fields and then work as a group to mount a performance at semester’s end.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
Core

30 credit hours

Courses
Duration
Credits
HIST 2321 - World Civilizations to 1500
8 weeks
3
A survey of the world's major civilizations and of their mutual influences through 1500.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
HIST 2322 - World Civilizations
8 weeks
3
A survey of the world's major civilizations and of their cultural, political, and economic interactions from roughly 1500 to modern globalization.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
ENGL 2322 - British Literature to 1800
8 weeks
3
Chronological survey of major works in British Literature from Anglo-Saxon times, through the Restoration and late 18th century.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
ENGL 2323 - British Literature Since 1800
16 weeks
3
Chronological survey of major works of British Literature from the late 18th century (about 1800) to the Modern Period.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
ENGL 2327 - American Literature to 1865
8 weeks
3
Chronological examination of writers, works, and movements in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry through 1865.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
ENGL 2328 - American Literature Since 1865
16 weeks
3
Chronological examination of writers, works, and movements in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from 1865 to the present.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
ENGL 3332 - Literature and Art
8 weeks
3
The study of art within the context of British Literature, American Literature, or Comparative Literature, with special emphasis on gender constructs.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021
ENGL 3333 - Literature & Mythology
8 weeks
3
The study of mythology within the context of British Literature, American Literature, or Comparative Literature.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
COMM 1318 - Interpersonal Communication
8 weeks
3
This course enables students to analyze and practice communication in one-on-one relationships. Topics include problem-solving, decision-making, working with diversity, information processing, understanding of self and others, and effective speaking and listening skills in interpersonal contexts.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021
COMM 2302 - Rhetoric in Western Thought
8 weeks
3
Explores theories of rhetoric ranging from ancient Greece to modern times. Students examine different concepts of how rhetoric is a tool for public power as well as its use to transmit common ideas in the Western intellectual heritage.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
MUSI 1306 - Music Appreciation
8 weeks
3
A non-technical survey course designed for the intelligent appreciation of Western and non-Western music styles represented throughout history. Recordings, videos, and live performance help illustrate the influence of music within the various fine arts.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021
MUSI 3318 - Jazz History
8 weeks
3
The study of the jazz idiom from its roots in ragtime and blues, through swing, bop, cool, fusion, and free styles, to current trends in mainstream jazz.
Prerequisites: MUSI 1306 - Music Appreciation MUSI 1311 - Music Theory and Aural Skills I
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021
ARTS 1303 - Art History Survey I
8 weeks
3
A study of the history of art from prehistoric to the Renaissance.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Fall B 2021
ARTS 1304 - Art History Survey II
8 weeks
3
A study of the history of art from the Renaissance to the post-modern era.
Prerequisites: ARTS 1303 - Art History Survey I
Semesters Offered: N/A
Humanities (BAC) Concentration

24 credit hours. Please consult with your faculty advisor regarding courses.

Courses
Duration
Credits
There are no Humanities (BAC) Concentration courses available.
Electives

Any 3300 or higher cannot be used in general ed. requirements, major or minor.

Courses
Duration
Credits
ARTS 3301 - Women Artists I
16 weeks
3
The study of women artists from ancient times to the early 1900s.
Prerequisites: ARTS 1303 - Art History Survey I ARTS 1304 - Art History Survey II
Semesters Offered: N/A
COMM 3310 - Modern Media and Society
8 weeks
3
Introduces students to the structure and content of contemporary communication media, as well as the ways those media interact with culture.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring B 2022
COMM 3331 - Public Advocacy
8 weeks
3
Explores the public messaging strategy of corporations and other large organizations. Students investigate how research techniques used to identify public groups are transformed into message in various media. Emphasis is given both to relevant theoretical issues as well as to relevant professional skills.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
COMM 3370 - Research Methods
16 weeks
3
Introduces students to research methods used in the communication field. Topics may include quantitative methods, interpretive methods, textual and archival research, and computer-assisted techniques. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022
COMM 4323 - Dark Side of Communication
8 weeks
3
Explores the dark side of human interaction, including relational transgressions, interpersonal violence, deception, and hurtful messages.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
HIST 3341 - Colonial America
16 weeks
3
This course covers the colonial era in the United States from the earliest permanent settlement to the eve of the crisis with Great Britain, focusing on the main political, social, and cultural concerns of the era before American independence.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
HUMA 4301 - Virtual Reality
N/A
3
History, culture, and social dynamics of the phenomenon of “virtual worlds," and their influence on contemporary culture and society.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2021 Whole Fall 2021
HUMA 4302 - Film Music History
8 weeks
3
This course explores today’s leading art form. It traces the history of film music, its changing relationship to cinematography, and its inspiring future. Students will learn to critically discuss the language of film music and the many roles it plays in cinematic drama. Finally, participants will learn to document their aesthetic experience of major film scores.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021
MUSI 3310 - Jazz, Pop & Rock II
16 weeks
3
Historical introduction to jazz and the American popular song, including rock and roll. Corequisite(s): Meets concurrently with MUSI 2310 but requires additional coursework.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
MUSI 3316 - History of Music Education in America
N/A
3
The study of music education in American public schools from colonization to present.
Prerequisites: MUSI 1306 - Music Appreciation MUSI 1311 - Music Theory and Aural Skills I
Semesters Offered: N/A
SPAN 1412 - A Beginning Course in Spanish II
16 weeks
3
A continuation of SPAN 1411. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 1411 or one year of high school Spanish.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Whole Fall 2021
SPAN 2312 - Intermediate Spanish II
16 weeks
3
A continuation of SPAN 2311. Further development of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Emphasis on comprehension, appreciation, and interpretation of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Students acquire vocabulary and grammatical structures necessary to communicate and comprehend at the intermediate-high level, according to ACTFL guidelines. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2311, or three years of high school Spanish, or the required score from the CLEP in Spanish.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
SPAN 3321 - Hispanic Civilization
16 weeks
3
Currents and characteristics of Spanish culture and history as expressed through the centuries in literature, art, philosophy, and history. Prerequisite(s): Intermediate level of Spanish.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022 Whole Spring 2023
Capstone Senior Project

Please consult with your faculty advisor regarding courses.

Courses
Duration
Credits
There are no Capstone Senior Project courses available.

Admission Requirements

In order to prevent delays in processing applications, UT Permian Basin is temporarily modifying the freshman admission process by moving to a test-optional policy for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021. See the Test-Optional Policy section below for additional details.

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • Minimum of 24 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher in previous college-level coursework
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Dual-credit high school courses must be included
  • Completed application

Incoming Freshman Admission Requirements

If you have completed less than 24 hours of transferable college-level work from a regionally accredited college or university after graduating from high school or receiving your GED, please provide the following:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (including dual-credit work while in high school)
  • Official high school transcript showing GPA, class rank, and expected graduation date or GED scores
  • SAT and/or ACT scores from within the last five years (see below for minimum score requirements)
  • Completed application

Official Transcripts

Official copies of transcripts must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope and should be mailed to:

UT Permian Basin
Office of Admissions
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762

Official transcripts in electronic format can be sent to admissions@utpb.edu.

Minimum Score Requirements for Freshman Admission

High School Graduation Class Rank SAT ACT
Top 25% No minimum score No minimum score
2nd Quarter 1020 20
3rd Quarter 1160 24
4th Quarter 1280 27

Application Fee

The application fee is $40.

If you are a freshman applicant, you may request a fee waiver when you apply by sending us your official college application fee waiver form provided by the SAT or ACT. You may also request a fee waiver if the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) listed on your Student Aid Report is zero.

Test-Optional Policy

Students will be reviewed on a holistic basis focusing on the strength of the high school record, overall grade point average, grades within the core subjects, dual credit work, and additional information (resume and/or extracurricular activities, leadership opportunities, and work experience provided with the ApplyTexas application). We also recognize the value of standardized tests as a piece of the review process and will consider scores alongside the other required application credentials, if provided. 

Faculty Bio

Program Head for Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor of History
spickermann_r@utpb.edu

Dr. Spickermann is associate professor of history and the program head for humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences at UT Permian Basin. His recent research has focused on the history of adoption in 20th-century Germany. Dr. Spickermann came to UT Permian Basin in 2001 following 12 years teaching at universities in Michigan. He earned his doctoral degree at the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

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