Pre-Built Path

Humanities: Culture, Text, and Language in World Societies

Explore the history, society, culture, literature, and languages of people in the United States and around the world.

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About Humanities: Culture, Text, and Language in World Societies

How do culture, society, and history shape what people do, think, make, and believe? How do people in the United States and around the world shape their cultures and societies? How do humans create webs of meaning to make sense of the world through language, philosophy, literature, music, art, and community? 

In programs on this Path, you’ll learn to examine societies through the lenses of the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts. You can learn a new language, study abroad, dive deep into literary traditions, and much more. This Path covers many disciplines that you can mix and match to fit what you’re most passionate about. Most programs will cover more than one of these subjects at a time. 

Read, watch, and listen. You’ll learn to interpret literature, philosophy, visual art, historical documents, music, and popular media to become a more critical and creative person in your day-to-day life.

Dig deep into context. You’ll study the historical, environmental, and political contexts for how societies operate and how people resist oppression, particularly in regard to race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.

Become more culturally competent. You’ll learn about cultures around the world through sociology, anthropology, and the arts to explore how social patterns and artistic practices create meaning in our daily lives.

Learn a language. You can learn different languages to explore how societies communicate around the world and add a new dimension to your own voice.

Prepare for Careers and Graduate Studies Beyond this Path

Career Opportunities

  • Diplomacy
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • History
  • International studies
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Performing arts and humanities
  • Politics
  • Social sciences

Graduate School Opportunities

  • Master of Arts 
    • History
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Classics
    • American Studies
  • Master of Fine Arts
    • Music
    • Writing
    • Theater
    • Dance
    • Media
  • Professional degrees
    • Humanities
    • Social sciences
    • Education
    • Library sciences
    • Performing arts
  • Master in Teaching

An Interdisciplinary Experience

Programs on this Path often include more than one subject at a time. You’ll learn different approaches to the same topic, letting you make connections you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see. 

Because you’ll gain advanced research, writing, communication, critical thinking, and analytical skills, studying the humanities is great preparation for almost any career. Learning to view the world in a critical and creative way will help you determine what success means for you and how you can achieve it. 


Learning a language at Evergreen is a comprehensive and inspiring experience. In addition to learning the language itself, you’ll explore the history and culture behind it. You’ll also have lots of interdisciplinary, hands-on experiences that will bring it all to life, such as study abroad opportunities. 

Learn more about language courses in the Academic Catalog

Individual Study

Faculty  are passionate about helping you study what you’re most interested in. Sometimes that means letting you take your learning outside the classroom for an experience such as an internship at a museum or volunteering with a community organization.

With independent learning, you’ll get space to work independently on a project you’re passionate about. This could be writing a piece of music, studying the remains of an ancient city, doing research in an archive, or traveling to study a cultural practice. 

You can also get connected with a local organization like a historical society or production company and gain career skills while earning credit. Flexibility and support for your learning is what it’s all about.

Learn more about Individual Study

Study Abroad

The study abroad options on this Path are world-class learning opportunities. Travel with a tight-knit community of fellow students and your faculty to explore the cultures and history of people around the world. 

Programs on this Path have traveled to: 

  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Nicaragua
  • Spain
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Explore Study Abroad

Check out related Courses and Programs in the Academic Catalog