at Holy Family University is home to four disciplines—English, History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies—that
are critical to the liberal education of students in a modern world. Not only
are these areas essential for the advancement of foundational knowledge, they
are also important to the formation of a historical memory, to literary imagination,
to sound ethical and philosophical judgment, and to a rich cultural understanding
of the world around us.
With 10 distinguished full-time faculty members, the curricula that comprise Humanities serves over 1,500 undergraduates in the core knowledge areas of the college in addition to offering five undergraduate major programs and six minors, including three programs leading to careers in secondary education.
Majors that are offered include English, History, Religious Studies and Interdisciplinary Humanities. In secondary education, students may become certified to teach in the areas of English, History/Citizenship, and History/Social Studies. Minors that are offered include English, History, and Religious Studies, as well as Philosophy, American Studies, and Pre-Law*.
Study in Humanities at Holy Family provides rich opportunities for cross-disciplinary research and learning and state-of-the-art technologies that support research and instruction in a small-class setting.
Together, the students and faculty of the Humanities’ disciplines form an intellectual community whose goals include academic excellence, enhancing the student experience, engagement with the community, and a demonstrated commitment to the values championed by the institution.
*the minor in Pre-Law is an interdisciplinary minor that shares curricula with the School of Social and Behavioral Science
The Goals of Humanities
Some of the goals of the various programs in the Humanities are to:
- further the student’s career goals and to expand his or her professional options;
- attain the objectives of correct and effective expression in writing and speaking, meaningful literary comprehension, and understanding of language in written and oral communications;
- help the student develop justified, consistent ethical principles to guide moral conduct and judgment;
- examine aspects of Christian faith and values in a spirit of thoughtful freedom and academic rigor;
- extend our knowledge to the larger community and expand it further as a result of outreach and engagement;
- empower students to become life-long learners who can meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world;
- prepare well educated citizens to see the inter-connected relationship between different disciplines and to respond as a responsible person in today’s changing world;
- promote disciplined reflection and research on the world's history, cultures, and literatures, and on how individuals in different times and places have understood themselves and their environment in order to expand the student personally and civically; and;
- provide an environment that allows faculty and students to develop their fullest potential