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What is Humanities and Cultural Studies?

The Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies is a place for adventurous scholars and students who want to understand the complex interconnections between the arts, social structures, and history. As scholars and teachers we use art as a way to understand history and social life. Interdisciplinary and global in scope, our courses provide students with opportunities for detailed cultural analysis in a broad historical and philosophical context. We welcome students and scholars who are dedicated, open-minded, and willing to challenge conventional intellectual boundaries.

In the Humanities and Cultural Studies Department, we offer an undergraduate major and a graduate degree (Master of Liberal Arts) with three "tracks": Humanities, American Studies, and Film Studies). To find out more about the department’s course offerings and degree programs visit the Undergraduate and Graduate sections of our Web site.