Humanities Departments

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The humanities probe the existential questions of what it means to be human, now and through time. In classes and majors, students investigate the myriad ways in which people express their understanding of the world. They explore moral and cultural ideas, values, symbols, images, and texts, and reflect upon and interpret the meaning of human experience. Whether grappling with the significance of a historical or literary text, debating the meaning of right and wrong, or articulating their thoughts in a new language, students are encouraged to ask questions and think critically, both in the classroom and in the wider community.