Humanities are those studies created by the human desire for knowledge and understanding of our history, classical traditions, literature, language and philosophy. These studies encompass disciplines that address a variety of needs:
- examine the ethical values in our lives
- examine our social responsibilities
- develop intellectually sound ways of reflecting on what it means to be a human being
Studying the humanities increases our appreciation of ideas and of various modes of thinking. It leads to a greater understanding of values within cultural and historical contexts. It can sharpen our skill in formulating our own ideas, developing them coherently, and expressing them clearly and effectively. It can help us read difficult texts with increased comprehension and powers of analysis. All of these help us learn how to learn: essential skills in the workplace and in our personal lives.
The Humanities Diploma Program is designed to meet the needs of those members of the community who wish to follow an integrated course of full- or part-time study in the humanities, and who may need an introduction to university study. Its flexibility will enable you to choose—in consultation with a program and faculty coordinator—a particular topic, theme or area of study, and to arrange a selection of day or evening courses directed towards that topic. Emphasis will be placed on interdisciplinary approaches.