College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
“Who will lead America into a bright future? Citizens who are educated in the broadest possible sense, so that they can participate in their own governance and engage with the world. “
– Excerpt from “The Heart of the Matter”
by the American Academy of Arts and Science’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Science
Within the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, we offer a liberal arts education that introduces students to the great aesthetic, moral, and intellectual traditions of humanity. In doing so, we provide a basis for reflecting on, appreciating, and living a quality human life amid the challenges of the 21st century.
We are a community of teachers, scholars, artists, and performers committed to promoting an appreciation of cultural diversity and liberal studies with a global perspective. This commitment is realized in curricula, research, community outreach and engagement, internships, and study abroad opportunities.
The Humanities core and each major degree program has three basic emphases, as outlined below:
- Critical thinking skills that prepare students to make informed judgments and find rational solutions to problems;
- Research skills that enable students to find, evaluate, organize, synthesize, annotate, critique, and edit information and effectively communicate new ideas through written, verbal, and visual means; and
- Knowledge and awareness skills appropriate for ethical reflection in a world of diverse peoples, cultures, and values, enabling students to appreciate and tolerate differences while grasping and addressing the many challenges facing humanity.
Further, we are committed to developing in our students the following skills:
- Proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and critical analysis as crucial to success in higher education and gaining access to career opportunities;
- Proficiency in a selected foreign language as a cultural universal and as a medium for communicating with others and appreciating cultural diversity;
- Critical thinking skills through philosophical and other forms of inquiry that will empower them to examine basic beliefs and values that impact a global society;
- Knowledge of the religions of humankind, in order to appreciate human spirituality and the human quest for answers to existential and eschatological questions; and
- An appreciation of art, literature, and music from an historical and contemporary perspective, highlighting human creativity as a source of truth that transcends time and culture.