In humanities disciplines, you will explore what it means to be a human being, analyze cultural ideas and values, grapple with the significance of historical and literary texts, debate issues of morality, and articulate thoughts in new languages. Whether you are studying philosophy, literature, languages or history, the humanities will help you to think deeply and critically about the human experience.
The creative arts explore how artistic creations – whether they be paintings, poems, buildings or memoirs – stimulate our emotions, provoke our thoughts, and guide our actions and beliefs. You will create art and you will also ask such questions as: Does art influence the path of a society? How do the social, political and economic contexts in which art is created shape both the creator and the creation?
And the social sciences focus on the study of the social life of human groups and individuals. Social scientists ask such questions as: Why do we act and believe as we do? How do we communicate with each other? How do we govern ourselves? How do we address the pressing social, political and behavioral problems of our day?
Interdisciplinary majors allow students to explore an area of study from a range of different disciplinary perspectives. Whether you select Race, Power and Resistance; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Screen Cultures; or Legal Studies, you will take courses that cross departmental and even school boundaries, allowing you to investigate your area of interest through multiple lenses. Interdisciplinary majors are enormously flexible, permitting students great latitude as they chart their own path and work with faculty members in a wide array of fields.