The Humanities constitutes a unique and exciting area of study because its overall focus is the human condition across time and space. We try to answer questions like “What does it mean to be a human being?” and “How should people treat each other in our society?” By teaching you to ask and begin to answer these kinds of questions, which all of the greatest thinkers in history have pondered, we also teach you how to learn—or better, how to teach yourself. And the ability to teach yourself is perhaps the most valuable skill you will need as you embark upon a career that, in our fast changing world, will inevitably be different when you retire from it than it did when you began. Employers are looking for candidates who are able to recognize opportunities, make connections, and understand the big picture. Most professional positions are certainly open to all college majors, but employers consistently select and promote employees who possess strong communication skills, quickly adapt to changing demands, and are capable of creative and collaborative problem-solving.
The Humanities courses you will complete as part of your major, minor, general education requirements, or as electives, ensure that you are ready for advancement in a wide variety of careers. Courses in fields such as composition, literature, philosophy, religion, history, political science, foreign languages, or gender studies will enhance your critical reading, writing, and thinking skills while simultaneously equipping you for life-long learning. They will also give you global, interdisciplinary perspectives so that you will be ready and able to forge professional careers in an increasingly interconnected world.
School of Humanities Degrees
History and Geography
- Interdisciplinary Studies (major only) (available fully online)
Public Affairs and Administration
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Why Study Humanities?
What's the greatest advice I give? Develop excellent communication skills.
-Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture, November 2016
Looking back at the tech teams that I’ve built at my companies, it’s evident that individuals with liberal arts degrees are by far the sharpest, best performing software developers and technology leaders. Often these modern techies have degrees in philosophy, history, and music – even political science, which was my degree.
-David Kalt, founder of Reverb.com, June 2016
In the humanities, we are often asked how the study of subjects such as English, history, or religion applies in the increasingly competitive job market. The answer is that, in addition to the multitude of job paths available in those specific areas, a student educated in the humanities is well prepared for employment in virtually any field. In the late 1970s, an executive from a Fortune 500 company told acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns that it is fairly easy to hire candidates trained in specific areas. It is much more difficult, he said, to find candidates versed in ethics, literature, and history, which he called “the things that used to be stuff we all held in common.” The difficulty of finding well-rounded job candidates continues to be echoed by executives and business owners today. A 2013 survey of employers conducted for the Association of American Colleges and Universities found that “more than nine in ten of those surveyed say it is important that those they hire demonstrate ethical judgment and integrity; intercultural skills; and the capacity for continued new learning.” In the same survey, “more than three in four employers” identified certain areas to be of particular value in the workplace, including “critical thinking, complex problem solving, [and] written and oral communication.”
It is undoubtedly true that study in the Humanities involves the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake. We believe in its inherent value and the potential it has to change your life for the better. But at the same time, we are committed to creating critical thinkers who are capable of overcoming complex intellectual challenges. Our Humanities faculty will make you into a critically thinking professional possessed of excellent oral and written communication skills.
In addition to being outstanding teachers, our faculty members also excel as scholars. They have earned their degrees from some of the top graduate programs in the country. They present at national and international conferences, publish scholarly articles and books, and make many other kinds of intellectual contributions on the basis of their commitment to the teacher-scholar model of higher education. This model ensures that you will learn from respected and independent thinkers who work on the cutting edge of their academic fields.
The Lindenwood University School of Humanities is committed to
• enhancing student global awareness through world history, world literature, foreign languages, and international relations curricula;
• advocating international experiences by sponsoring study abroad programs;
• supporting a values-centered foundation through religion and philosophy courses;
• contributing to the development of the whole student through diverse liberal arts offerings.