There is one thing that all students have in common, regardless of their specialty: to share the human experience. The UCCS Humanities program invites students to examine culture, art, and history with a scholarly eye by working with a variety of departments to cover broad topics.
The program plans to prepare students for success with the addition of a master’s degree in humanities, according to Dorothea Olkowski, director of the humanities program.
The humanities cover the disciplines of Philosophy, English, History, VAPA and Cultural Studies. However, Olkowski explained that the only MSc currently offered is in history, which limits opportunities for students with a different focus.
“[The master’s in history] is overloaded with students, many of whom are not really history students, but because he is the only one [humanities] Masters in Colorado Springs is where people go, ”she said. “Not all students do it, but a good group does. ”
The main advantage, according to Olkowski, is that the new master’s degree will be open to a much larger group of specialties, making more careers and promotions accessible in fields of study such as English or philosophy.
“Students will be able to focus on one major area of interest, but they will need to take courses outside that major area of interest in order to graduate,” Olkowski said.
While full details of the degree are not yet public, nine courses are currently approved for the master’s program. The next step in establishing the degree is to go through the budgeting communities before the plan is finalized.
The masters program is still ongoing, but Olkowski continues to focus on creating ways for students to take courses that interest them, regardless of their specialty.
Since humanities credits are required for all students, the humanities program offers 20-25 courses per semester designed to appeal to many different tastes, such as courses in poetry, history, transhumanism. and even a course Olkowski co-teaches on cyborgs.
“What we’re really trying to do is have classes for different interests – classes that interest STEM students, classes that interest pre-med, culture, languages. We also have some popular culture classes, ”Olkowski said. “If students are watching, they should be able to take a course in an area that interests them, in person or online. ”
While COVID-19 has made it difficult to organize as many speakers, seminars and workshops as the program typically supports, Olkowski outlined a few upcoming events that the program offers as additional learning opportunities.
For example, this spring, the Heller Center will be offering a photography workshop with photographer and literary theorist Pedro Lange Churión of the University of San Francisco, who conducted a photographic study of mothers in Plaza del Mayo in Argentina.
Olkowski said the humanities supported the arts seminars and lectures offered at the Theaterworks Prologue, as well as several outdoor lectures, including “Through a Glass Darkly,” which studies a fusion of the Middle Ages and the Apocalypse.