The exciting career paths of our alumni testify to the value of a major in Humanities. We have seen our students go on to careers and vocations in law, medicine and healthcare, academia, teaching, politics, business and finance, service, priesthood, the arts, sports, and farming, to name just a few of their inspiring destinations. Whether Humanities was their single major or part of a double major, our students assure us that their education in the department has been defining for them. See our Alumni Brochure for more.
In what ways hasn’t Humanities influenced my life?
My experiences in Humanities inform all that I do. As a current graduate student, I’m inspired to use course materials and research endeavors as opportunities to continue engaging with The Big Questions about God, the World, Society, and the Human Person. In the classroom, I’m encouraged to use writing, literature, and discussion as ways to help my students to see the value in asking such questions, how we can meaningfully engage in them, and how they can help us to make sense of who we are and how we want to live.
Seeking the Good, True and Beautiful led me to re-evaluate the world, and my participation in it.
I attribute the awakening of my “restless heart” to the Humanities Department, which significantly influenced my decision to commit to a Catholic volunteer year of service after graduation. This was not part of the plan, and I lacked vision. I was afraid. I trusted that Dr. Moreland’s words at her Faith & Reason lecture that Spring were true (paraphrasing): God is the greatest dance partner, making our missteps graceful; He is leading us on path in which we cannot fathom the end. That year transformed my life. I grew as person through living out my education in a practical way. I discovered Goodness, Truth and Beauty in acts of service, an intentional living community, a life of simplicity, and a commitment to Franciscan Spirituality.
My Humanities education is my foundation. The classes, professors, questions and memories stabilize and have left an indelible mark on my soul.
All of the humanities courses whet my thirst for knowledge and intellectual stimulation. I find that my desire for learning and deeper understanding is not always satisfied by some of the menial work of my day to day job, but I find an outlet for this thirst in rereading books and philosophies I was exposed to in college. My Humanities upbringing also made me more discerning about the quality and content of the information I digest – not everything available on the Internet, in the library, on Netflix, in life feeds my soul, and some sifting through mainstream media is required to find articles or books worth reading, shows worth watching, activities worth doing. In short, everything circles back to that central question, “What does it mean to live life well?”