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Arts & Humanities

Explorations in the humanities are explorations in what it means to be a human being. We humans use language and music, paint and stone, to express what we think and feel. We ponder the significance of the past, the value of the individual, the nature of God, the purpose of life. We learn to value right action, selflessness, and moral living. In the humanities, we explore why things are beautiful, and just, and worth doing. The diversities of visual art, literature, music and theater, history, communication, political science, philosophy and theology all invite students to grapple with fundamental questions of human existence, and to develop habits of questioning and creativity. The humanities provide the foundation of the liberal arts, and an openness to the whole range of human endeavor.