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Humanities for Public Service Major

What is a Major in Humanities for Public Service?

This major puts the Virginia Tech motto Ut Prosim (“That I may serve”) into action. It reflects the many ways students and alumni pursue careers in service to communities and the world. The courses provide knowledge to approach the religious and cultural issues confronting modern society while also allowing the flexibility to work with faculty on specialized topics from environmental issues in Appalachia to the impact of artificial intelligence on humans. This major also includes an internship to give you experience that will benefit your future career.

Why Study Humanities for Public Service at Virginia Tech?

Virginia Tech is the only university in the world with a major in Humanities for Public Service. And that makes sense, with a student body and faculty dedicated to the motto Ut Prosim (“That I may serve”) and a commitment to its land-grant mission. The major combines the best of both worlds – rigorous academics and real world experience through an internship or service learning experience.

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Careers and Further Study

What Can You Do with a major in Humanities for Public Service?

Jobs Held by Our Graduates

  • Tech / Software Development
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Public Planning and Policy 
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Sustainable development 
  • Diplomacy / Foreign Service 
  • Education / Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Military
  • Law / Politics
  • Public Relations 

Beyond the Classroom

Experiential Learning


In a competitive job market, experience is valuable. Internships provide you with practical skills and real world perspective regarding your chosen career field while giving you the opportunity to explore the possibilities for the future.

The Humanities for Public Service major requires completion of a Field Study that will give you just this real world experience.

Honor Society 

Theta Alpha Kappa, a national honor society, is housed within our department. This prestigious opportunity provides access to scholarships, publications, and networking.

Come with us

Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to connect with a different culture, experience new ways of thinking, and explore new places, all while gaining unique understandings and perspectives. Check out programs by visiting the study abroad page below or by searching the Global Education Office's programs.




Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Culture Degree

Humanities for Public Service Major Requirements

  • Intro to Appalachian Studies
  • Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • Religion in the Modern World
  • The Creative Process
  • Race and Gender in Religion & Culture
  • Multicultural Communication
  • Theories of Popular Culture
  • Internship or Service-Learning 

Minor and Elective Hours

Our program gives you the opportunity to build knowledge in another area by pursuing a minor, double major, or cognate.

120 hrs
B.A. Religion and Culture

45 hrs
General Education

45 hrs
Major Requirements

30 hrs


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