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Humanities

The departments and programs of the Humanities Division are committed to the study of human meaning as it is expressed in diverse languages, explained in diverse literatures, and reflected upon from diverse philosophical and religious perspectives.

Beyond describing human life, social practices and complex systems, students of the humanities seek to understand the values and purposes that make practices and systems worthwhile. In an increasingly interconnected world, the ability to critically consider how individuals and communities make sense of their world is an essential skill.


Legendary explorer and human phys grad Ann Bancroft is a lifelong learner and educator.
Students in this philosophy course turned a hospital into their classroom to study medical ethics.
One geography student heads to Ecuador while another travels to Nepal to study natural resources.
Biology undergrad Aaron Nelson took a nontraditional route to the UO, where he’s already ...