Center for Humanities
To study the humanities is to study the human condition across time and space; it is to grasp both the diversity - and the unity - of human cultures. The advancement of technology and global communication at different moments in our history have revolutionized the humanistic endeavor, and yet our need to understand, relate to, and explain our role as individuals in relationship with the natural world and the cosmos remains the same. Students of the humanities explore multiple perspectives and interpretations of the human experience and the human spirit over time. They learn to identify, discuss, and evaluate different ways of explaining our place in the universe, as expressed through ideas, visual culture, and historical and literary narratives.
The Humanities at Goucher includes four majors - Philosophy, History of Art and Visual Culture, Literatures in English, and History - and two minors: Book Studies and Historic Preservation. Common themes we explore include the formulation and imposition of identity, the creation, use, and misuse of memory, the process of storytelling and the evolution of narrative over time, and the history of ideas. Humanities students explore a complex web of human records, including texts, ideas, images, and material artifacts. We learn to “read” these verbal, theoretical, and visual records with a critical and informed eye. Many of our courses engage primary materials, including those housed at Goucher College’s Library and Special Collections or in Goucher’s Art & Artifact Collection, giving students first-hand experience of verbal and visual documents that are grounded in history, and which “make” history.
- February 13, 2019
Professor April Oettinger has been appointed a Visiting Senior Fellow at the National Gallery of Art's Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.
- April 30, 2018
Three students took their studies to the "Reading Frankenstein, Reading the 21st Century" conference at Morgan State University, commemorating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein.
- May 19, 2019
Silber will host Foliaform, a group exhibition that explores humans’ relationship with plants. The work approaches the subject from multiple perspectives, presenting this...