Humanities and Sciences


The Humanities and Sciences Department offers a wide range of courses that complement students’ artistic training and enrich their personal and professional development. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the Humanities and Sciences Department strives to impart crucial decision-making, critical analysis and communication skills to students. In order for students to succeed in their career and in their art, it is essential to have an understanding of the diverse world in which they live. The Humanities and Sciences curriculum introduces students to a broader context of ideas and perspectives and provides the necessary tools to analyze information from a variety of sources. Students must evaluate their own thinking and expand their range of ideas to create work that will communicate to an increasingly global audience. Understanding the historical and cultural context of a society is a key not only to interpreting works of art, but also to placing a student’s own work within a historical framework. Our courses emphasize professional skills that students will apply throughout their careers, such as effective methods of acquiring and exchanging information and responding to conclusions based on numbers and statistics in both abstract and concrete contexts. Students also examine the organization of social structures and the science of human behavior. Class assignments focus on the practical application of concepts. Each course requires academic research and writing to strengthen communication skills. Students complete individual and collaborative projects that demonstrate analytical skills, information and technology literacy and ethical values and social reasoning. At the time of degree completion, our students are equipped with artistic skills and a richer understanding of their world, enabling them to produce significant work addressing the society in which they live.

Humanities and Sciences Outcomes - Disciplines


1. Students will clearly communicate ideas, opinions, feelings, and information to an audience through an appropriate channel.


2. Problem-solving -- Students will follow a process of collecting, analyzing, and evaluating information to provide effective solutions to questions or issues.


3. Innovation -- Students will use current knowledge and skills to create new or modified concepts, methods, and products.


4. Students will work with people from a variety of backgrounds and skill-sets toward a shared goal.


5. Students will articulate and adhere to individual, professional, and community standards and values.

Humanities and Sciences- Outcomes

Analytic Skills

  1. Students learn to evaluate ideas and outcomes, solve problems and make informed decisions based upon consideration of evidence, reason and implications.
  2. Students analyze their own thinking and the thinking of others in order to effectively identify and resolve issues.

Information/Technology Literacy

  1. Students learn to access information efficiently and effectively, evaluate it critically and competently and use it accurately and creatively.
  2. Students identify technological applications and devices appropriate to tasks and acquire skills necessary to use them effectively.

Ethics, Values and Respect for Human Diversity

  1. Students understand the personal and social importance of ethical values and social reasoning.
  2. Students recognize and respect the diversity of social organizations and cultures throughout an ever-changing and evolving world.
  3. Students understand the contributions of diverse people and cultures.
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