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Our Mission

Forming the bedrock of human culture from modern languages and literature to philosophy and religion, the Division of the Humanities comprises eight departments, and a host of concentrations and majors with more than 2,000 students from around the world enrolled in our AB, MA and PhD programs.

The Division is comprised of departments of Classics, Comparative Literature, English, German & Slavic Studies, History, Philosophy, Religion and Romance Languages, all housed in the heart of North Campus.

Our Departments

The undergraduate and graduate degree programs of the Department of Classics rank among the largest and strongest of Classics departments in the United States.


A large and diverse department, we offer courses in world literature and languages, literary theory and interdisciplinary studies.

At the core of our discipline lie the complex skills of reading and writing, and though these can be productively applied to a wide range of professional goals our own work as scholars and teachers strives to deepen our understanding of the critical and creative imagination.


Our German and Russian language, literature, culture, and business courses complement studies in International Affairs, Business, Law, Engineering, Education, Linguistics, and more.  With our study abroad programs, internships, and exchanges, we can help you see the world from a new perspective.

Has a tradition of expertise in subjects ranging from early American to modern African American history, the Caribbean to the Middle East, early modern Europe to the modern U.S. South, popular culture to foreign policy, religion to global capitalism.


Linguistics is a diverse and vibrant academic community dedicated to the scientific study of language in all its aspects

Our pluralistic department has strengths in many areas, including history of philosophy, ethics, social and political philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of mind, phenomenology, and feminist philosophy, with notable initiatives in Metaphysics and Environmental Philosophy.


An undergraduate degree in Religion is good preparation for Law School or Graduate Study in Archaeology, Classics, Comparative Literature, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, and Sociology. Career opportunities for a Religion major include education, public service, civil service, private enterprise, and religious vocations.

Our growing programs in French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish are pluralistic and interdisciplinary, drawing connections between multiple cultures and academic fields. Our offerings in Romance linguistics cover the major areas of theoretical and applied linguistics in the languages of the department.