Division of Humanities

  • CMR students, Fall 2012 Public Forum Debates

    CMR students, Fall 2012 Public Forum Debates.

  • Theatre Arts student, Play in a Day, Oct. 2012

    Theatre Arts student, Play in a Day, Oct. 2012.

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy Mark Collier, with philosophy students.

  • Professor Vicki Graham, English, with creative writing students

    Professor Vicki Graham, English, with creative writing students.

  • A studio art student at work

    A studio art student at work.

  • Jazz Fest 2013
  • French students at the annual International Caberet

    French students at the annual International Caberet.

  • Spring Break at the Vatican Museum with the class "Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art in Context"

    Spring Break at the Vatican Museum with the class “Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art in Context”

  • An English major presents her work at the Fall 2012 English Research Symposium

    An English major presents her work at the Fall 2012 English Research Symposium.

  • Prairie painting in the class "Painting Studio I"

    Prairie painting in the class “Painting Studio I”

Humanists discover and create. They turn self-expression into art. They connect with cultures (including our own) by learning their languages and interpreting their creative achievements. They ponder the big questions a thoughtful mind cannot avoid and add their voices to the great conversation.

The humanities

At Morris, the humanistic disciplines include

A humanistic education was once reserved for the rich and ruling classes. This once made sense because a humanistic education prepares one to discuss the ultimate aims and pleasures of the state, law, politics, and culture. It is one of the great achievements of democratic educational institutions like UMM that a sort of education once reserved for aristocrats—instruction in Latin, philosophy, poetry—is now available to the rest of us.

Roughly, a field is more “humanistic” as opposed to “scientific” when expert judgment and good taste are necessary to evaluate the quality of the work under scrutiny. A humanistic education is essential in a world where interdisciplinary competence is increasingly necessary, and where leaders and professionals are expected to have both quantitative and qualitative skills. Humanities majors at UMM often double major in scientific or social-scientific fields and enrich their employment prospects and their personal lives by drawing together the skills they learn across our campus.

Put simply, it makes sense to study the Humanities.