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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.


More than a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know when University Theatre presents ...
Caryl Churchill
Freshman profile: When she’s not acting, Herminia Cruz spends her time with history and ...
Herminia Cruz
A new grant will help UO biologist John Postlethwait speed the discovery of treatments for disease ...
John Postlethwait
Chemistry alum Rodger Voelker, PhD ’96, hopes to improve safety for medical marijuana users.
Scientist tests marijuana