English Literature and Criticism concentration
Students concentrating in Literature and Criticism examine texts and ideas in historical, formal, cultural, theoretical, and other contexts. In particular, students gain an understanding of literary genres (poetry, drama, fiction, creative non-fiction), develop close reading and analysis skills, and build their general knowledge of literature. Through reading a wide range of texts, students gain an understanding of the expanse of literary works across periods, genres, and national traditions.
Students concentrating in History are offered study in United States, European, Russian, Latin American, African and Asian History. Students can expect to participate in a variety of academic activities including lecture and discussion courses and seminars.
As the foundation of the humanities, Philosophy offers students the opportunity to cultivate their analytical skills and clarity of thought. Philosophy aims to help students develop a successful career and a meaningful life.
Political Science concentration
The Political Science concentration provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of political institutions and processes in a global community.
Sociology is the study of social behavior and the socio-cultural settings in which is occurs. It involves the study of whole societies and their basic institutions as well as smaller scale groups such as the family, peer group and neighborhood.
Women's and Gender Studies concentration
In the interdisciplinary concentration of Women's and Gender Studies, students study history, economics, psychology, health, music, literature and the visual arts in order to understand the position of women in society and to investigate varying influences upon women’s and men’s lives, such as race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and age. Students have the opportunity to think about the construction and influences of gender in contemporary society, to discover the historical factors that have shaped the current status of women from varying backgrounds and countries, and to explore paths to achieve equality for all people.