The United States Rockefeller Commission on the Humanities describes the humanities in its report 'The Humanities in American Life' in the following manner:
"Through the humanities we reflect on the fundamental question: What does it mean to be human? The humanities offer clues but never a complete answer. They reveal how people have tried to make moral, spiritual, and intellectual sense of our complex and ever-changing world."
The humanities in other words explore the complex central questions in life, such as the meaning of beauty, justice, and the 'good life.' More broadly, they acknowledge and celebrate the importance of language, culture and artistic expression in our understanding of these and other enduring questions that are so vital to our human existence.
The humanities cultivate the appreciation and practice of forms of creative, intellectual, and cultural expression, the understanding of values and issues raised by those forms of expression, and the ability to think critically and to communicate effectively.
Further, the humanities focus attention and reflection on the diversity of humanity across the globe, exploring diverse heritage, traditions, and histories and their relevance to our current social and cultural experiences as human beings.
The complexity and diversity of today's technologically, interconnected world demand a liberal education firmly rooted in humanistic studies. We must explore what it means to be human-and to act responsibly and humanely in our engagements with others and with this world that we share more than at any other time in history.
We invite you to learn more about the humanities and humanistic studies at UW-Parkside by visiting the websites for the following departments and programs: