Frequently asked questions

  • Why do I have to take these classes? They don't relate to my major or career goals at all.

    It's likely that your future will involve working in a profession that requires you to think, communicate, gather and present information, solve problems, adapt to new ideas or technological advances and interact with the other humans. Core Humanities will prepare you for that. Along the way, you will experience the intellectual growth and enrichment that comes from exploring beyond your major field of study and learning about the many varieties of human experience, philosophical theories, religious beliefs, political ideologies, artistic works and scientific discoveries that shaped the world we all live in today.

  • How can I survive all of this reading?

    We admit it: Core Humanities classes are a lot of work. But that applies to most things that are worth doing. Think of it as a kind of bootcamp for your mind. If you can survive CH, you can survive any challenge that you encounter at the University of Nevada, Reno. Also, remember that you are not alone. Your instructors are there to help and you should not hesitate to contact them if you are having trouble.

  • Will studying the humanities turn me into an elitist egghead?

    Only if one of your life goals is to be an elitist egghead. We want to give all students access to the diverse array of ideas presented by generations of philosophers, writers, artists, political leaders and social reformers whose works are assigned in our courses. Requiring students to take Core Humanities democratizes this access, which is the opposite of elitist.

  • Do I have to take the Core Humanities courses at the University, or can I take them elsewhere?

    You can transfer Core Humanities courses taken at other institutions in the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) to the University. Similar courses taken at non-NSHE institutions may also be substituted for CH courses with permission from the Core Curriculum office. More information about transferring courses is available on the transfer to Nevada page.

  • I'm trying to add CH 201 (or 202 or 212 or 203) section 1098 or 1099. It says it's open, but I can't enroll. Why?

    Sections 1098 and 1099 are honors sections. If you are not in the Honors Program, you will not be able to add these classes. If you are in the Honors Program and are still having this problem, contact the Honors Program.

  • What's my professor's email address/phone number/office hours/name?

    Please check your course syllabus, because all of the information you need to know about your professor is usually there. In addition, you can find out your instructor's contact information on the instructors page.

  • My professor gave me an F in the class for plagiarizing part of a two-page assignment. What should I do?

    If the course syllabus states that the sanction for academic dishonesty is an F grade in the course, the professor has the right to apply that sanction. If an F in the course was not the sanction stated in the syllabus, you may request a review of the sanction by the Core Humanities director. If you did not plagiarize, you can appeal the charge of academic dishonesty. It is best to talk to your professor first, because only the professor or an Academic Integrity Board can withdraw or overturn a charge of academic dishonesty. If your professor remains convinced that you plagiarized, you may send a written appeal to the Core Humanities director, who will notify the professor and forward your appeal to the Office of Student Conduct to arrange for a hearing by an Academic Integrity Board. More information about academic dishonesty policies and procedures is available.

  • Where can I leave an assignment for my instructor?

    Review the course syllabus or ask your instructor where and how an assignment should be submitted: Canvas, email, hard-copy, etc.

  • Can I make copies in the CH office?

    No. Only Core Humanities staff and faculty may use the photocopier in the CH office.

  • Where is the University Writing Center?

    The University Writing Center is in Pennington Student Achievement Center, suite 350.