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”

Who shapes the ideas that define our world and the way we understand it? What aesthetic forces drive our cultures, and why should they matter? When did we first try to derive meaning from our experiences? Where does the line between imagination and reality exist, and how will it change as the twenty-first century progresses? Why study humanities?

The humanities

To study humanities is to study what makes us human: our interest in and concern for culture and creation. The field is comprised of unique disciplines that share common goals—to define, describe, and depict human achievement. Through the study of language, culture, art forms, and thought processes, we in the humanities lend our voices to great debates, opening our minds to a wealth of creative and intellectual opportunities.

Studying in the Humanities Division at Morris allows you to influence the global cultural dialogue. You will get in on the ground floor of the great intellectual and artistic discussions of our times, deliberating issues that affect our lives each day. The humanities curriculum at Morris is designed to foster a broad base of knowledge, to enhance critical thinking, and to develop communication skills.

The Humanities Division is among the most active on campus, with plenty of opportunities in which you can participate. Among the division’s many offerings are conferences, colloquiums, concerts, theatrical performances, poetry readings, film screenings, and trips to cultural destinations around the world. Come join our conversation.