Education in the humanities makes central to itself the values that support the breadth and diversity that is its very subject—the values of the dignity, integrity, and equality of all human beings. It is on the basis of these fundamental human values that Humanities Majors/Minors learn to engage in a dual process of evaluation and interpretation. On the one hand, they develop the capacity both to identify and question the assumptions, principles, values, and ideas of the texts or cultures they study. On the other hand, they develop the capacity to identify and question the assumptions, principles, values, and ideas they themselves bring to the analysis of texts and cultures. Overall, because our students learn to ask not only about the values of the texts they engage, but also about the values they bring to a text, they are enabled not merely to learn but also to engage the very process of learning. They are enabled to make their education and their lives a self-conscious project and to create for themselves a strong sense or conception of their own authority as involving and supporting the authority of others.
Humanities Majors and Minors when they leave university will take with them qualities and transferable skills necessary not only for further study but also for employment, community involvement, and other activities that require the exercise of initiative, responsibility, and accountability in both personal and group contexts; a capacity for decision-making in complex contexts; the ability to manage their own learning in a range of environments; and the ability to work effectively with others.