Humanities Department

College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Humanities Department

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide students with a set of courses that will enable them to develop a broader perspective and a deeper understanding of their community and the world, as well as examine their assumptions, biases, and preconceptions about the world and its inhabitants. Our aim is to help students develop both as individuals and as active citizens by learning how to contextualize, think critically, and communicate effectively.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

The mission of the ESL Program is to provide instruction and support to help international students develop the academic English skills and awareness of cultural norms and standards needed to succeed at an American university.​


Humanities and Philosophy are the academic disciplines that study how people process and document the human experience.  Since humans have been able, we have used philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history, and language to understand and record our world.  Humanities and Philosophy courses study these creative products using time-tested methods of inquiry–dialogue, historical and logical analysis, critical interpretation, and scholarly investigation.

Foreign Language

Every student should have the opportunity to study a foreign language (American Sign Language, Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish).  The goal of our foreign languages department is to develop proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in order to prepare our students for any kind of language endeavor, as well as to provide all students the opportunity to develop social and academic linguistic proficiency in a language other than English.  Through this experience students see the connections between the study of language and other disciplines, gain greater insight into the cultural aspects of the people who speak the target language, meet a qualification for entrance in a wide choice of colleges and universities, and expand their employment opportunities in the competitive global workforce.

Foreign language classes help students to increase their knowledge and appreciation of the diverse cultures of countries whose languages they are learning.  In addition, knowing a foreign language may well make the difference in getting a job.