Humanistic Studies Overview
This unique BFA program allows students to build a depth of understanding in such areas as philosophy and ethics, social and natural sciences, social and political history as understood from a variety of perspectives and inquiry into the human experience that will prepare them as leaders in their fields and for a wide range of academic graduate programs. Students can choose from the following "integrative" degree plans:
- Animation and Humanistic Studies
- Ceramics and Humanistic Studies
- Drawing and Humanistic Studies
- Fiber and Humanistic Studies
- GFA and Humanistic Studies
- Graphic Design and Humanistic Studies
- Illustration and Humanistic Studies
- Interaction Design and Humanistic Studies
- Interdisciplinary Sculpture and Humanistic Studies
- Painting and Humanistic Studies
- Photography and Humanistic Studies
- Printmaking and Humanistic Studies
- Video, Film and Humanistic Studies
About Our Faculty
Faculty in the department of Humanistic Studies come from many different parts of the world, and are involved in a wide range of scholarly activities, research pursuits, and creative endeavors. Permanent faculty have doctoral degrees in literature, philosophy, religion, history, or cultural anthropology, and were trained at Oxford and Cambridge Universities in England, as well as the Universities of Chicago, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Yale, George Washington, Emory, Penn, and Purdue. Faculty publish regularly in scholarly journals such as History of Philosophy Quarterly, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Medieval Encounters, New Literary History, American Imago, and Journal of the History of Ideas. The department also has a strong Creative Writing program, led by permanent faculty who are practicing fiction writers and poets. Part-time faculty specialize in politics, the social sciences, film theory and criticism, children's books, popular culture, and environmentalism. This fusion of traditional and progressive scholarship makes Humanistic Studies a truly unique department.
Meet Some Of Our Faculty
Paul Jaskunas, MFA, is a fiction writer. His novel Hidden, published by the Free Press in 2004, won the Friends of American Writers Award for Fiction, and has since been published in England, Sweden, Holland, and Serbia.
Christine Manganaro is a historian of science and of the modern United States with interests in US imperialism, racial formation, scientific expertise, and the history of the social sciences, life sciences, and medicine. She received her PhD in the history of medicine and the biological sciences at the University of Minnesota in July 2012. During her graduate studies was a fellow at the University of Minnesota and at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia.
Michael Sizer, PhD was, during his graduate studies, a fellow of the Ecole des Chartes at the Sorbonne in Paris. He is a scholar of Medieval French history with interests in political culture and philosophy, cultural history, interdisciplinary studies of literature and ideas, urban history, and the history of revolt and revolution.
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