As a student in the humanities, you'll have countless options to carve your own path:

  • Take unique courses focused on your specific interests
  • Complete undergraduate research or an internship to figure out your future
  • Celebrate the amazing culture of the Champaign-Urbana area

Engaging and unique courses

As a humanities student at UIUC, you'll learn from faculty members who are defining and discovering new knowledge in the fields they teach—but who still know you by name. Take interesting courses focused on fascinating topics.

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"Being in the humanities allows for more student lead discussions instead of only lectures. Class discussions enable continued growth in learning how to disagree with someone’s point of view; this furthers communication skills."

      -Ayden, English

Research & internships

Interested in completing research? Study with a professor and learn about a topic you love. Get involved with the Humanities Research Institute, and use your research as a jumping point into top graduate schools across the globe.

Interested in unique internships? Choose one tied to your interests with units across campus and beyond. Gain work experience and be prepared to start a career in a wide variety of fields.



"I've been working with the Book Mentor Junior Project. I feel like the work that I'm doing is really going to have an impact on the community, not just on campus, but Champaign-Urbana as a whole."

      -Amy, French


Celebrate Culture"

As a student in the humanities, you'll learn in an inspiring environment with people who have diverse ideas and perspectives. The humanities are the heart of education at UIUC. They're home to many of historic spaces across campus but lead the way in teaching about diverse topics. Explore our fantastic museums—Spurlock Museum and Krannert Art Museum—to take a close look at art and the human experience. Enjoy a wide variety of campus events. Interact with amazing authors through a Year of Creative Writers or catch a show at the Krannert Center. Access the many cultural & resource centers, including the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, Asian American Cultural Center, La Casa Cultural Latina, LGBT Resource Center, Native American House, Women’s Resources Center, and more. Eat really delicious food! Urbana-Champaign was named the best food town in the Midwest by Midwest Living magazine.