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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.


UO team led by biologist Paul Cziko found that Weddell seals produce sounds at frequencies that are ...
Weddell Seal
Economics student and Ronald E. McNair Scholar Matthew Dodier examines the effect of wildfire smoke ...
Mathew Dodier story
A study co-authored by UO chemistry professor Geraldine Richmond found that insufficient ...
Chemistry story
Physicist Tien-Tien Yu and biochemist Scott Hansen were named recipients of the NSF’s Career ...