Understanding How to Lead With Your Honors Humanities Major Combination
The Honors College telos—its aim, purpose, end—is to liberally educate the next generation of high-achieving, academically motivated Christian leaders. The curriculum starts with the premise that good leadership requires the cultivation of moral and intellectual virtue—the habits of the heart and of the mind that enable one to determine what ought to be done and how best to do it.
Students in the Honors College at APU have the opportunity to study their primary major alongside Honors Humanities, equipping them with wisdom and virtue to enrich their careers and lives. Those who understand and develop this vocational combination graduate as scholarly disciples dedicated to loving God and their neighbor, devoted to civic engagement, and committed to seeking truth, beauty, and goodness.
Eight Vocational Spheres of Influence and Domains of Leadership
It is beneficial to address the nuances of the different Honors Humanities major combinations by looking at them through the lens of eight vocational spheres of influence and domains of leadership. This connects the study of the humanities to other areas of study. Each major combination will help you become a better leader, citizen, disciple, and scholar.
- Arts and Entertainment
- Behavioral Sciences
- Communication and Media Relations
- Government and Law
- Science and Technology
- Theology and Religion
Reflective questions: What am I called to? What are my strengths? Where can I make the most impact in society? How can I engage society across multiple disciplines?
Arts and Entertainment
Honors students pursuing majors in the arts and entertainment sphere discover how creativity and beauty connect with people in the world around us. This sphere consists of musicians, filmmakers, producers, social media strategists, performers, artists, and more. Their vast knowledge of history and expression imprinted in this field enhances creativity and innovation for our culture and times.
As well-rounded professionals, they engage in their sphere of storytelling, creatively driven by the philosophical depth nurtured in Honors Humanities courses. These students’ ability to perform, critically think, and intentionally communicate provides a dynamic perspective of the content consumed and produced in arts and entertainment, achieved through this combination of majors.
Learn more about each Arts and Entertainment major:
- Acting for the Stage and Screen Major (BFA)
- Animation and Visual Effects
- Art (BFA)
- Cinematic Arts
- Cinematic Arts Production (BFA)
- Commercial Music
- Design Studies
- Games and Interactive Media
- Music Composition
- Music Performance
- Theater Arts
Honors students pursuing majors in the behavioral sciences sphere discover how communities and people thrive in society. Consisting of counselors, therapists, psychologists, social workers, law enforcement, government officials, and others, their multifaceted perspective engages the history of humanity through a philosophical lens, providing insight into the challenges that impact human flourishing.
As advocates in culture and society, they impact their sphere of behavioral sciences by deeply understanding various theories and disciplines of the mind in relation to the world around them. When these students lead, they impact their community with integrity and virtue,influencing ethical decision-making for transformative hope.
Learn more about each Behavioral Sciences major:
These Honors Humanities majors specialize in learning how leaders ethically grow the prosperity and purpose of their business. Consisting of leaders, managers, investors, strategists, entrepreneurs, and more, their creativity and innovation are driven by their ability to think critically and lead purposefully.
As leaders who understand the power of philosophical, intrinsic motivation, they impact the sphere of business by critically applying professional and organizational values through ethical overarching systems. In addition, when leading in a global economy, they energize their teams through their ability to engage multicultural perspectives and worldviews with strong moral integrity for maximum impact.
Learn more about each Business major:
- Business Analytics
- Business Economics
- Business Management
- Digital Marketing and Design Major
- Human Resources and Organizational Development Major
- International Business
Communication and Media Relations
These Honors Humanities majors learn how to eliminate confusion by communicating with clarity and integrity. Consisting of communicators, storytellers, journalists, human resource professionals, organizational strategists, and public relations specialists, their blend of critical thinking, rhetorical effectiveness, and interpersonal skills in speaking and writing is proven by their published Oxbridge books.
They impact the sphere of communication and media relations by understanding the philosophy and humanity of their global audience, aiding in their ability to connect moral convictions with habits of the heart and mind. When they lead, they understand the importance of value-driven leadership that emphasizes the impact that belief systems have on engaging their audience, adapting language, asking questions, and applying knowledge for any organization.
Learn more about each Communication and Media Relations major:
These honors students focus on how to educate and empower the next generation of leaders, disciples, citizens, and scholars. Consisting of educators, researchers, historians, translators/linguists, writers, and others, their educational background informs their ability to engage with diverse vocations, cultures, experiences, languages, and circumstances.
They impact their sphere of education by creating a space that emphasizes the telos (mission) of education and informs their pedagogy’s ethos (values/habits). When they lead, their influence transforms their content into character development, leaving a lasting impact in every sphere of society locally and globally.
Learn more about each Education major:
- Interdisciplinary Studies
- Liberal Studies
- Music Education (Pre-Teacher Certification)
- Social Science
Government and Law
These Honors Humanities majors learn how to effectively engage political challenges through peaceful interactions. Consisting of politicians, lawyers, diplomats, lobbyists, law enforcement agents, congressional affairs professionals, and more, their strong ethical foundation and knowledge of history inform the way in which they approach diverse perspectives and complex ideas.
They impact their sphere of government and law through the combination of classical and modern political thought. Their teams rely on them, expecting their critical approaches and analysis of various topics to play a leading role in the political affairs of their community, country, and even the entire world.
Learn more about each Government and Law major:
Science and Technology
Honors students pursuing majors in science and technology determine how to ethically engage in scientific discovery and technological advancement while understanding the needs of humanity. Consisting of doctors, nurses, researchers, engineers, mathematicians, data analysts, physical therapists, and more, their ethical and virtuous leadership allows them to engage any challenge with integrity. Through this major combination, they are able to foundationally understand, analyze, and deduce from dense text to effectively understand essential details across their various disciplines.
These students impact the sphere of science and technology through their strong holistic understanding of human interaction. This informs their deductive reasoning, inquisitive engagement, data integrity, and patient care. They impact their teams with their qualitative, philosophical, and ethical integration in a predominantly quantitative profession.
Learn more about each Science and Technology major:
- Allied Health
- Applied Mathematics
- Computer Information Systems
- Computer Science
Theology and Religion
These Honors Humanities majors learn how to explore truth and goodness in an ever-changing world. Consisting of theologians, pastors, philosophers, educators, leaders, and more, examples of their versatility include engaging with Scripture, understanding philosophical perspectives, synthesizing themes, and thinking critically.
Their ministry impacts the sphere of theology and religion with a compassionate understanding of humanity that connects various backgrounds and experiences. As they seek to establish a Biblical foundation in the pursuit of truth and goodness, they lead in a passionate, persevering, and inquisitive way, engaging with challenging questions while grappling with classical texts.
Learn more about the Theology and Religion majors:
- Biblical Studies
- Christian Ministries
- Music and Worship
- Youth and Family Ministries
Note: This information is current for the 2022-23 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.