From Plato to Proust, from Kahlo to Kafka, from Shakespeare to Simone de Beauvoir, from Deleuze to the Dalai Lama, humanistic thinkers invite us to change the way we interact with the world around us, to reconsider our relationships to other humans, to social structures, to the cosmos itself.
At Sweet Briar College, the Division of Humanities carries on this millennia-long celebration of connective, multi-disciplinary thinking. The division is composed of seven traditional disciplinary zones: classics, French, English, philosophy, religion, Spanish, art history, Latin American studies, and medieval and Renaissance studies. Employing theoretical perspectives from New Materialisms to Feminist film theory, students and professors in the Division of Humanities think alongside each other, seeking answers to questions ranging from the practical to the profound. How do Francophone sources give insights into post-colonial structures? How does the articulation of an idea influence its impact? How do images convey information differently than texts? What is the purpose of translation? Why have the Americas served as such a productive laboratory for new religious expressions? What does it mean to be a woman in a patriarchal society?
The inclusive structure of our division fosters broader inclusiveness of thought, inviting the student to consider problems from multiple perspectives, to incorporate her experiences into her learning process, and to confront her own questions with an intellectual toolbox as varied as the world in which we live.