The overarching guiding principles of the humanities program (as well as for the philosophy program) are "knowledge, responsibility, and society." Students do not simply gain facts about the world, but they gain "responsible knowledge," that is, knowledge that is rooted in and answerable to the needs of individuals, groups within society and the larger human and natural community. We expose students to culturally significant objects (both past and present), systems of thought and belief, and practices. The goal is that students should be able to place themselves within their world, and understand the influences on and meaningful aspects of their world and the worlds of others. We are, thereby, engaged in shaping the worlds to come.
The Humanities program seeks to accomplish the following aims:
As Lorraine Code said:
Epistemic responsibility... is to be found in intellectual virtue and in... a certain orientation to the world and one's knowledge-seeking self as part of the world. An intellectually virtuous person would value knowing and understanding how things 'really' are, to the extent this is possible, renouncing both the temptation to live with partial explanations when fuller ones are attainable, and the temptation to live in fantasy or illusion. Such a person would consider it better to know, despite the comfortable complacency that a life indiscriminately governed by fantasy, and illusion, might offer.
Students considering graduate school are strongly encouraged to apply for Honors in the Major. Requirements are outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog Requirements.
Research Interests: Religion in the United States; American evangelicalism; Children and religion; Mormonism; Religion and popular culture; Religion and emotion
Research Interests: Education and the Humanities, LBGT justice issues, Stages of moral/faith development (Kohlberg, Gilligan, Rest, Fowler, Beck, Wilber); Latin American Humanities; Liberation theology; State killing attitudes and religious correlates; Ethics and Torture and Genocide; Religion in America; Religion in the 21st Century; Juergen Habermas/Frankfurt School; Holocaust studies
Research Interests: Pyrrhonian Skepticism; Philosophy of Religion; Deconstruction; Philosophy, Religion and Popular Culture
Research Interests: Research on Place and Space; Contemporary African Philosophy; Digital Humanities; Cultural Philosophy; Contemporary European Philosophy; Aesthetics and Visual Culture; History of Mysticism; Interdisciplinarity
Research Interests: queer kinship; transracial adoption; polymaternal families; cybermothering; home and homelands
Research Interests: Ancient Philosophy, Ethical Theory, Applied Ethics, Philosophy of Mind and Action
Research Interests: The central focus of Dr. Schippert's research in queer theory and religion is the body: how bodies are discursively constructed in religious traditions as well as in American culture; how popular culture and various media affect representations and practices of bodies; and how these questions can be pursued in ways that call attention to the role of gender, race, and sexuality in contemporary society.