In April 2015, the Department of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature changed to the Department of Comparative Arts and Letters. For earlier publications see the Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature page.
The humanities encompass all of the fields of inquiry and human expression devoted to an understanding of the human condition. These include literature and language, philosophy, art, the performing arts, history, and religious belief. Due to the pressures for us to become increasingly specialized in our various vocations, it is even more vital for citizens to be broadly conversant in the questions and traditions that have informed human history. Our programs in Classics, Comparative Literature, and Interdisciplinary Humanities offer comparative and interdisciplinary training that moves students across arts, cultures, geographies, and languages and enables them to gain cultural fluency and critical thinking skills that form a foundation for lifelong learning.