News & Events

August 2016: Michael Roth on the Importance of the Humanities and Liberal Arts
Writing in the Wall Street Journal, the president of Weslyan University highlights the versatile analytical and critical thinking skills taught by humanities disciplines and their importance to individual and societal success in the twenty-first century: "A strictly utilitarian education produces graduates who will conform to the status quo, but in our period of extraordinary change, the status quo almost immediately becomes obsolete. . . . Liberal learning in the American tradition isn't only training; it is an invitation to think for oneself-and to act in concert with others to face serious challenges and create far-reaching opportunities."

May 2016: Core Humanities Assessment Report
The results are in! For the past two years we have been assessing how well the CH courses are teaching the Student Learning Outcomes for each course and for the program as a whole. Data gathered through both direct and indirect assessment methods (including student surveys) show that the courses are meeting their objectives and that they help students to develop the knowledge and skills described in the SLOs. Significantly, students who completed 80 percent or more of the coursework assigned in their CH classes did better on the SLOs than those who completed less than 80 percent.

April 2016: Distinguished Teaching Assistant Awards
Congratulations to our new Distinguished Teaching Assistants for 2016-17: Ben Engel (English), Shelby Grauberger (World Languages and Literatures), Landon Lutrick (English), and Peter Picetti (English). We look forward to working with you all in the coming academic year.

February 2016: Core Humanities Essay Prize Winners
Beginning with the 2015 annual essay prize, the Core Humanities Program will begin awarding one prize for the best essay written in each CH course as well as an overall winner for the best essay written in all courses (chosen from the winners in each course). The 2015 essay prize winners were: Shawn Robb (CH 201), Ian Nesbitt (CH 202 and overall essay prize winner), and Alonzo Vasquez (CH 203).

November 2015: New Core Humanities Course
Starting in Fall 2016, the Core Humanities Program will offer a new course, CH 212: Science, Technology, and Society in the Modern Era, which will satisfy Core Objective 9 (Science, Technology, and Society) of the Silver Core Curriculum. Students will be able to take either CH 202 or CH 212, but not both. Many thanks to Dr. Barbara Walker (History) for developing this course and helping to prepare other faculty in the program to teach it.