BA (Honors) Comparative Humanities


Overview

The BA (Honors) in Comparative Humanities degree program offers you an exciting opportunity to study several disciplines – Philosophy, History, Literature and Religious Studies – in the humanities both critically and comparatively. You will be challenged to reflect on a range of theories about human nature and society, drawing from diverse cultures, histories, and traditions.
This will mean learning to think flexibly and differently about the many problems we encounter in various professional domains. You will develop a heightened sensitivity to the way our rapidly globalising age of transnational capital has reshaped our understanding of concepts such as self, identity, obligation, community, and nation.
It also means knowing how to use a critical framework to think through a difficult problem and, more crucially, knowing how to articulate and assess that problem in language that is at once understandable and graceful.
As a Comparative Humanities graduate you will be able to build careers in fields ranging from academia to corporate leadership, where an insightful, perceptive, agile mind is an obvious mark of distinction.

Learning Outcomes

Students pursuing a Comparative Humanities major will:

  • learn to think both locally and globally;
  • learn to examine problems through a number of intellectual frameworks and traditions;
  • practice honing the skills of humanistic inquiry that continue to make the comparative humanities essential to the dynamic and multidimensional job markets of tomorrow;
  • learn to think critically and comparatively within the humanities, which will help them think flexibly and differently about the many problems encountered in a wide variety of professional domains.
  • Learn how to use critical frameworks to think through difficult problems and, most crucially,
  • Learn how to articulate and assess those problems in language that is at once cogent, graceful and persuasive.

Requirements for the Major


A major in BA (Honors) in Comparative Humanities requires completion of 37 courses and a minimum of 126 credit hours of coursework, with a minimum CGPA of 2.33, as shown in the table below:

Requirements

Course Category

Number of Courses to Complete

Habib Liberal Core University Core 10
CH Core Sequence (7 courses) Critical Inquiry and the Humanities 1
Conceptual Genealogies 1
Comparative Hermeneutics I 1
Comparative Hermeneutics II 1
Capstone Research Seminar 1
World Historical Figures: Statesmen, Leaders, Judgement 1
Criticism, Dissent and the Ethics of Disagreement 1
Primary Concentration (Any one from the sequence)

(6 courses)

 – 1.  Philosophy (6 courses)
What is Philosophy? or Introduction to Western Philosophy? 1
Philosophy Elective Any Level 3
Philosophy Elective 3xx/4xx Level 2
 – 2.  History (6 courses)
Global Histories 1xx/2xx 1
Understanding Histories: Historiography and Historical Methods 3xx/4xx 1
History Elective Any Level 2
History Elective 3xx/4xx Level 2
 – 3.  Literature (6 courses)
What is World Literature? 1xx/2xx Level 1
Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism 1
Literature Elective Any Level 2
Literature Elective 3xx/4xx Level 2
 – 4.  Religious Studies (6 courses)
Introduction to World Religions/What is World Religion? 1xx Level 1
Religious Studies Any Level 3
Religious Studies 3xx/4xx Level 2
Secondary Concentration in one of the four sequence (4 courses)  – 1.  Philosophy (4 courses)
What is Philosophy? Or Introduction to Western Philosophy? 1
Philosophy Elective Any Level 2
Philosophy Elective 3xx/4xx Level 1
 – 2.  History (4 courses)
Global Histories 1xx/2xx 1
Understanding Histories: Historiography and Historical Methods 3xx/4xx 1
History Elective Any Level 1
History Elective 3xx/4xx Level 1
 – 3.  Literature (4 courses)
What is World Literature? 1xx/2xx Level 1
Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism 1
Literature Elective Any Level 1
Literature Elective 3xx/4xx Level 1
 – 4.  Religious Studies (4 courses)
Introduction to World Religions/What is World Religion? 1xx Level 1
Religious Studies Any Level 2
Religious Studies 3xx/4xx Level 1
Other Requirements

(10 Courses)

 CH Elective – Any Level from HIST, LIT, PHIL, RELS Elective  

2

Any University Elective/Free Elective 8
 

Overall

37

 

1 The requirements may be altered to enhance the learning experience.

4-Year Grid

“The students of CH Major are required to complete a minimum of 37 courses and 124 credit-hours over their 4-year journey (8 semesters). Each student is required to complete a Primary Concentration and a Secondary Concentration from the 4 available Concentration areas – 1) Religious Studies, 2) History, 3) Literature, and 4) Philosophy. A set of recommended courses (semester-wise) fall under the following course categories:

Category 1 – Habib Liberal Core (HLC), also known as the University Core, is a common curriculum designed for all Habib University students as a mandatory requirement. A total of 10 courses are included in the HLC/University Core.

Category 2 – CH Program Core entails a set of mandatory courses for the CH Majors. A total of 07 courses are included in the CH Program Core.

Category 3 – Primary Concentration. Each student has to complete a total of 06 courses within their selected Primary Concentration.

Category 4 – Secondary Concentration. Each student has to complete a total of 04 courses within their Secondary Concentration.

Category 5 – CH Electives. Each student has to complete a total of 02 CH Electives of any level from any of the 4 Concentration areas.

Category 6 – Free Electives. Each student has to complete at least 08 Free Elective courses (with a minimum of 24 credit-hours). Students may take 1 Cr and 2 Cr courses to fulfill but must complete 24 credit-hours in Free Elective category.”

Courses to complete Credit hours Course Category Comments
First Semester (5 courses)
CORE 101 – Rhetoric and Communication 4 University Core (1 of 10)
A course in Philosophical Form of Thought Min 3 University Core (2 of 10) All PHIL course codes (3 credit-hour and above) fall in this category.
A course in Formal Reasoning Form of Thought (CS 101 – Programming Fundamentals or CORE 111 – Logical Problem Solving)” 3/4 University Core (3 of 10)
HUM 101 – Critical Inquiry and the Humanities 4 CH Program Core (1 of 7)
Free Elective* 3 Free Elective (1 of 8)
Second Semester (5 courses)
CORE 102 – What is Modernity 4 University Core (4 of 10)
RELS 1xx – Introduction to World Religions/What is World Religion? Min 3 Primary Concentration – (Requirement 1 of 2) For Primary Concentration in Religious Studies A 2 course sequence within the Primary Concentration
RELS 223 – Comparative approaches, methods and key issues in the study of religion Min 3 Primary Concentration – (Requirement 2 of 2) For Primary Concentration in Religious Studies
OR
HIST 1xx/2xx – Global Histories Min 3 Primary Concentration – (Requirement 1 of 2) For Primary Concentration in History
HIST 227 – Understanding Histories: Historiography and Historical Methods Min 3 Primary Concentration – (Requirement 2 of 2) For Primary Concentration in History
OR
LIT 1xx/2xx What is World Literature? Min 3 Primary Concentration – (Requirement 1 of 2) For Primary Concentration in Literature
LIT 225 – Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism Min 3 Primary Concentration – (Requirement 2 of 2) For Primary Concentration in Literature
OR
PHIL 200 – What is Philosophy?** or PHIL 122 – Introduction to Western Philosophy**” Min 3 Primary Concentration – (Requirement 1 of 1) For Primary Concentration in Philosophy
Philosophy Concentration Elective Min 3 Primary Concentration – (Elective 1 of 5) This Elective is from the declared Primary Concentration area
Free Elective* 3 Free Elective (2 & 3 of 8)
Third Semester (5 courses)
CORE 201 – Pakistan and Modern South Asia 4 University Core (5 of 10)
A course in Quantitative Reasoning Form of Thought Min 3 University Core (6 of 10)
CORE 200 – Scientific Methods 3 University Core (7 of 10)
HUM 201 – Conceptual Genealogies 4 CH Program Core (2 of 7)
Primary Concentration Elective (In RELS, HIST and LIT) Min 3 Primary Concentration – (Elective 1 of 4) This Elective is from the declared Primary Concentration area Elective within Primary Concentration
OR
Primary Concentration Elective (In PHIL**) Min 3 Primary Concentration – (Elective 2 of 5) This Elective is from Philosophy Concentration
Fourth Semester (5 courses)
CORE 202 – Hikma I 4 University Core (8 of 10)
HUM 200 – World Historical Figures: Leadership, Judgment, and Authority 4 CH Program Core (3 of 7)
Primary Concentration Elective (In RELS, HIST and LIT) Min 3 Primary Concentration – (Elective 2 of 4) This Elective is from the declared Primary Concentration area Elective within Primary Concentration
OR
Primary Concentration Elective (In PHIL**) Min 3 Primary Concentration – (Elective 3 of 5) This Elective is from Philosophy Concentration
RELS 1xx – Introduction to World Religions/What is World Religion? Min 3 Secondary Concentration – (Requirement 1 of 2) For Secondary Concentration in Religious Studies 1st course within Secondary Concentration
OR
HIST 1xx/2xx – Global Histories Min 3 Secondary Concentration – (Requirement 1 of 2) For Secondary Concentration in History
OR
LIT 1xx/2xx What is World Literature? Min 3 Secondary Concentration – (Requirement 1 of 2) For Secondary Concentration in Literature
OR
PHIL 200 – What is Philosophy?** or
PHIL 122 – Introduction to Western Philosophy**”
Min 3 Secondary Concentration – (Requirement 1 of 1) For Secondary Concentration in Philosophy
Free Elective* 3 Free Elective (4 of 8)
Fifth Semester (5 courses)
CORE 121 – Jehan-e-Urdu 4 University Core (9 of 10)
HUM 301 – Comparative Hermeneutics I (Major Works and Traditions Seminar) 4 CH Program Core (4 of 7)
Primary Concentration Elective (In RELS, HIST and LIT at Upper-level) Min 3 Primary Concentration – (Elective 3 of 4) This Elective is from the declared Primary Concentration area. Elective within Primary Concentration
OR
Primary Concentration Elective (In PHIL** at Upper-level) Min 3 Primary Concentration – (Elective 4 of 5) This Elective is from Philosophy Concentration
RELS 223 – Comparative approaches, methods and key issues in the study of religion Min 3 Secondary Concentration – (Requirement 2 of 2) For Secondary Concentration in Religious Studies 2nd course within Secondary Concentration
OR
HIST 227 – Understanding Histories: Historiography and Historical Methods Min 3 Secondary Concentration – (Requirement 2 of 2) For Secondary Concentration in History
OR
LIT 225 – Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism Min 3 Secondary Concentration – (Requirement 2 of 2) For Secondary Concentration in Literature
OR
Philosophy Concentration Elective** Min 3 Secondary Concentration – (Elective 1 of 3) This Elective is from Philosophy Concentration
Free Elective* 3 Free Elective (5 of 8)
Sixth Semester (4 courses)
A course in Creative Practice Form of Thought Min 3 University Core (10 of 10)
HUM 401 – Comparative Hermeneutics II (A Major Work in Dialogue with its Tradition Seminar) 4 CH Program Core (5 of 7)
HUM 300 – Criticism Dissent and the Ethics of Disagreement 4 CH Program Core (6 of 7)
Primary Concentration Elective (In RELS, HIST and LIT at Upper-level) Min 3 Primary Concentration – (Elective 4 of 4) This Elective is from the declared Primary Concentration area Elective within Primary Concentration
OR
Primary Concentration Elective (In PHIL** at Upper-level) Min 3 Primary Concentration – (Elective 5 of 5) This Elective is from Philosophy Concentration
Seventh Semester (4 courses)
Elective Min 3 CH Electives (1 of 2) Any level Elective course in HIST, LIT, PHIL, RELS
HUM 402 – Capstone Research Seminar 4 CH Program Core (7 of 7)
Secondary Concentration Elective (In RELS, HIST and LIT) Min 3 Secondary Concentration – (Elective 1 of 2) This Elective is from the declared Secondary Concentration area Elective within Primary Concentration
OR
Secondary Concentration Elective (In PHIL**) Min 3 Secondary Concentration – (Elective 2 of 3) This Elective is from Philosophy Concentration
Free Elective* 3 Free Elective (6 of 8)
Eighth Semester (4 courses)
Elective Min 3 CH Electives (2 of 2) Any level Elective course in HIST, LIT, PHIL, RELS
Secondary Concentration Elective (In RELS, HIST and LIT at Upper-level) Min 3 Secondary Concentration – (Elective 2 of 2) This Elective is from the declared Secondary Concentration area Elective within Primary Concentration
OR
Secondary Concentration Elective (In PHIL** at Upper-level) Min 3 Secondary Concentration – (Elective 3 of 3) This Elective is from Philosophy Concentration
Free Elective* 3 Free Elective (7 of 8)
Free Elective*** Min 3 Free Elective (8 of 8) Students pursuing Thesis option are to take an Independent Study (min 3 credit-hours) in lieu of free elective 8 of 8

Note –
*Electives (program/free) need to be taken so that over all total credit hours are 124.
**Philosophy Concentration at Primary and Secondary level has only 1 required course. Rest are all electives.
*** Students, pursuing thesis option, are to take an IS (min 3 Cr Hrs) in lieu of free elective 8 of 8.

“Note 1 – Students can double count free electives in the grid towards completion of requirements for declared concentrations in HIST, LIT, PHIL, or RELS. This is applicable for students pursuing beyond the minimally required one primary and one secondary concentration.

Note 2 – Regarding “”Free Electives””, students have the option to take 1 and 2 credit hour courses, with the understanding that they’ll have to complete the total of 124 credit hours coursework (and a minimum of 37 courses) minimally required for graduation. The “”Free Electives”” descriptor refers to a category of course, rather than a specific course.

Note 3 – Two electives within Primary Concentration and one elective within Secondary Concentration must be upper-level electives.”

Career Prospects

As a Comparative Humanities graduate you will be remarkably versatile, making you ideally suited to wide range of professions:

  • Advertising
  • Banking
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Fundraising and grant writing
  • Human Resource management
  • Insurance
  • Journalism
  • Law and politics
  • Media and communications
  • NGOs
  • Public relations
  • Publishing houses