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Pacific Humanities Scholars Program
Ray Rennard, Ph.D.
Director of Pacific Humanities Scholars Program, Associate Professor of Philosophy


4 years of Humanities Scholars

In addition to completing the units required for a given major, Pacific Humanities Scholars take a series of seminars that cultivate their talents and shape their future. Students will also complete the University of the Pacific's General Education program, which includes our nationally acclaimed Pacific Seminars. Special projects and field trip opportunities round out the Pacific Humanities Scholars curriculum, including annual visits to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, trips to galleries and museums, and other opportunities to engage with the humanities outside of the classroom.

Curriculum Components

  • First Semester Seminar: 

    In this course, students explore individual and collective modes of expression across the Humanities. Students enjoy exposure to a wide range of cultural enrichment activities, from world-class opera performances to intimate, one-on-one sessions with visiting scholars and artists. This academic and experiential approach cultivates an understanding of the Humanities as a profound force in human civilization.

  • Second Semester Seminar: 

    Building on the first semester's experiences, this course emphasizes the role of cognitive science, philosophy, and technology in the pursuit of social justice. Focusing on the applications of the Humanities in the Digital Age, the seminar challenges students to engage with social issues facing a global society through theoretical and practical modes of problem solving.

    Throughout the program, students have a database of internships tailored to their professional goals and networking opportunities with local and national employers, giving students the edge in a highly-competitive marketplace. 

  • Summer Study Abroad:  

    In the summer after their second year, students will have the option of building their cross-cultural competence by participating in one of three unique courses of study in Italy, Central America, or Asia.

  • Senior Capstone Project: 

    The third year of the program is devoted to a capstone project, enabling students to work closely with a faculty member of their choosing in order to refine their expertise in their major subject while adding depth to their analytical reasoning, creativity, written expression, and communication skills.