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Division of Humanities      

Division Chair: Dr. Lia Steele, 
Phone: (501) 370-5217
Email: lsteele@philander.edu
Location: Titus Academic Center, Suite D, Room 227

Mission
As its mission, the Division of Humanities produces critical and reflective thinkers, inquirers, communicators, writers, promoters, performing artists, community leaders, and ethical professionals as its majors and minors, thus supporting the College's Mission to graduate academically accomplished students, grounded as advocates for Social Justice, determined to change the world for the better. The Department of Language and Letters produces English Majors and Minors who are critical and reflective thinkers, inquirers, communicators, writers, promoters, performing artists, community leaders, and ethical professionals , and they support the College's Mission to graduate academically accomplished students, grounded as advocates for Social Justice, determined to change the world for the better. The Department of Philosophy and Religion continues the rich heritage of the United Methodist Church, which is to produce critical reflective graduates, inquiring communicators, active truth seekers in the rich intellectual tradition of ethical values, ideas, founded in philosophical and religious inquiry . The outcome is to acquire conceptual thinking, resulting in implementation of sustainable social justice advocacy. The Division also supports the College's Collegiate Choir, and Ensemble and Drama and Spanish Clubs to aid in the development of students as critical and reflective thinkers, effective communicators, inspiring performers, disciplined and ethical professionals, as well as empathetic and compassionate persons.


Philosophy
The philosophy of the Division of Arts and Humanities contributes to the College's philosophy when it embeds the following core values:


Compassion: Create an environment where everyone is treated with respect, regardless of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, abilities, and/or creed.

Integrity: Maintain a code of truth, honor, respect, and trust, essential in the progression of equal rights for all.

Transformation: Transform expression, imagination, skills, and self to develop the greatest potential as human beings, citizens, and children of God.

Empowerment: Empower students to think critically and set the highest intentions for the attainment of academic accomplishment, community leadership, and professional endeavors.


Student Learning Goals and Outcomes
The Division of Humanities strives to prepare students for successful graduate and professional study or a career in publishing, private industry, governmental service, ministry, non-profit organization, or teaching.


The Student Learning Goals and Outcomes of the Division are to assist the students to:

Reinforce Critical Thinking Skills

  • Demonstrate Problem Solving
  • Demonstrate Research Process

Introduce Reflective Thinking Skills

  • Demonstrate critical analysis
  • Justify own and others' discourse

Introduce the Diversity and Interrelatedness of Performing, Graphic, and Literary Arts

  • Compare and contrast diverse expressions of the arts
  • Critique the artistic elements

Reinforce Communication Skills in a Multi-Cultural Context through the Study of Modern Languages and World Cultures

  • Interpret verbal, written, and visual genres
  • Demonstrate knowledge of other cultures

Produce works of Performing, Graphic, and Literary Arts

  • Create works of art
  • Participate in the creation of works of art

Reinforce Social Justice Awareness through Civic Engagement, Ethical Leadership, and Public Policy

  • Participate with diverse cultures
  • Support the causes of Social Justice

Produce Confident Communicators with Adaptable, Improvisational, Team Building, Technology,  and Pattern Recognition Skills in the Performing, Graphic, and Literary Arts

  • Participate in classroom and community activities to build skills listed above
  • Participate in Divisional Student Clubs
  • Engage in Divisional Events, Internships, PSC Leadership Opportunities, etc.

 

Accreditation

Philander Smith College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central
Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees. The organization can be
reached at http://hlcommission.com/ 

Majors and Minors
Faculty of Humanities

 



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