Department Goals

    1. Investigate topics using interdisciplinary approaches;
    2. Appreciate, understand and celebrate diversity, while knowing how to identify and bracket one’s own cultural bias;
    3. Think critically and creatively, and be willing to question authority and to express rational skepticism;
    4. Understand and appreciate creations of the human imagination and intellect;
    5. Synthesize various forms of knowledge to solve aesthetic, social and cultural problems;
    6. Read, write and speak as members of the educated public and as citizens prepared to face controversy;
    7. Develop and integrate performance and research skills, including information literacy;
    8. Become concerned and involved citizens, speaking on controversial issues and acting to influence the course of history.
    9. Engage in informed discussion and reflection about human values.

Humanities BA Learning Objectives

    1. Demonstrate the ability to frame questions and pursue answers to aesthetic, social, cultural and global problems using interdisciplinary methods
    2. Demonstrate the ability to describe and compare the roles, impacts and ethical implications of ideas, texts, social movements, contemporary situations, and creations of the human imagination.
    3. Demonstrate skill in written and verbal communication, including argumentation.
    4. Demonstrate the ability to identify, select, use, and cite information sources appropriately. 

Additional SLO: American, Asian, European, and Middle East Studies Concentrations:

    1. Explain how current events and contemporary issues are understood with knowledge of the historical and cultural background of a particular world area (e.g., America, East Asia, Europe, or the Middle East), including processes of cultural formation, historical development, and social change.

Additional SLOs: Religious Studies Concentration

    1. Demonstrate a high level of religious literacy, including the ability to articulate etic and emic perspectives for specific religions, and a functional understanding of at least five major world religious systems (e.g. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Sikhism, Jainism, a specific geographic set of indigenous religions [African, Australian, North American, South American, Pacific Islander, North Asian, pre-Christian European], Wicca, Afro-Caribbean religions)
    2. Function adroitly within the interdisciplinary nature of comparative religious studies. Describe how religion, as a phenomena, can be analyzed historically, philosophically, psychologically, sociologically, geographically, and artistically, as well as theologically. Demonstrate ability to write and speak about religions in a scholarly, civil, and respectful manner, using the academic discourses that have evolved for this purpose. Foster civil discourse about religion by encountering and engaging community members, faculty, and students who hold diverse views within and about religious traditions.

Schedule (doc)

Spring 2013 (doc)
Spring 2012 (doc)
Spring 2011 (doc)
Spring 2010 (doc) 
Spring 2009 (doc) 
Spring 2008 (doc) 
Spring 2007 (doc) 
Fall 2007 (doc) 
Spring 2006 (doc)

Program Planning Documents

Humanities Program Planning Report 2012 (pdf)

Humanities Letter to the Provost 2013 (pdf)