Discover the World Through Artistic and Cultural Expression

Our core purpose in the Humanities is to offer access to the Arts for everyone. Our discipline resides within the English Department and seeks to educate students about the interactions among the many visual and performing arts.

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom
— Socrates

We seek first to learn to enjoy the arts by reacting to art in class, attending performances, and learning about cultures.

Humanities seek to convey an interdisciplinary appreciation for cultural traditions, focusing primarily on art, music, literature, and religious expression. Secondary focuses may include architecture, film, crafts, and philosophy. Humanities especially seek to show the interrelationship of these modes of expression so that students not only see broad cultural trends but also form their own aesthetic sensibilities. 

We believe a kind of magic can take place in a Humanities class. The appreciation of human expression can change the course of a student's thinking for a lifetime. 

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