The Value of a Humanities Degree

The goal of Liberal Arts degree is a broad education that will serve as a foundation for many different careers. In our Humanities program you will learn from the perspectives of others as you explore the history of human ideas, successes and tragedies. You’ll be challenged to think critically and present an argument, to express your thoughts and appreciate the thoughts of others.

We believe that the integration of rigorous interdisciplinary study, community living and study abroad create a unique educational experience that no other university can match. Students whose quest is spiritual and intellectual formation will learn to think through and articulate their ideas and values with a global, historical and philosophical perspective. This is the ideal preparation for diverse career prospects; rather than study a narrow subject field and end up limited in their career choices, our Humanities students can tackle many different careers that deal with people and ideas, from teaching to international development work.

Ancient History & Religious Studies

Courses in ancient history & religious studies explore the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean in order to understand the Judeo-Christian tradition within its historical context as well as its contemporary relevance. This informed understanding will offer significant insight into other academic disciplines and the basis for meaningful dialogue with other major religions.


Students of history seek to understand the lives of people in the past: their ideas, motives, values, customs, circumstances, institutions, actions, and artifacts in order to discover meaning, order, and purpose. Large topics in the history of Western Civilization over the past 2500 years are explored, as well as focused regional and national themes. Students are encouraged to confront essential human questions in the context of diverse paradigms and in light of the most relevant historiography.


The study of English introduces students to the classics of world literature as well as to lesser known works from antiquity to the present. Students develop an appreciation of the verbal icon and learn skills in textual analysis that enable them to become proficient readers of literature. They develop their understanding of the philosophies that shape literary worldviews, bringing their own worldviews into perspective.


Philosophy probes major influences throughout the history of ideas and seeks understanding of the thought of the present day. Starting with the pre-Socratic thinkers, studies in philosophy trace the line of formative influences to the present in the Western tradition, and also examine the interaction between philosophy and faith.