Students who take the Humanities program learn how to think and to write and to communicate their own ideas clearly. These abilities are essential to any endeavor in life. Increasingly, employers are demanding that colleges and universities provide them with graduates who know how to think creatively to find new solutions to old problems.
The Humanities major requires students to participate in a study tour, normally in Europe or Israel. The tour focuses on the cultural and religious history of the area. Such an experience increases our understanding of the world and helps us to grow in our appreciation of different cultures.
Studying literature helps us to peer into the minds and lives of others, which encourages reflection on our own presuppositions and prejudices. We learn how ideas originate and how they manifest themselves in people"s personal and public conduct. Studying literature produces a broadened and deepened perception of life and a more sensitized response to others.
The study of philosophy allows us to evaluate how significant thinkers have understood God, the world and the meaning of life. Over and over again, yesterday's philosophies become today's trends. Philosophy prepares us to understand and to communicate within today's society.