Humanistic Studies

Building on MICA's outstanding curriculum in the humanities, this integrated major fully combines in-depth coursework in academics with studio practice. The program prepares artists to be public intellectuals who contribute to our cultural life as creators and thinkers--redefining our ideas of what it means to be human in relation to ourselves, others, and the world.

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:

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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