The Humanities are the centerpiece of a liberal arts university, defining, defending, and critiquing its values and those of the broader culture. Since 1997 the mission of the Humanities Development Fund has been to provide financial support for courses, activities, and events that benefit study and research by Furman faculty and students in the humanistic disciplines. In accordance with the spirit of the original grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities which provided the seed money for this fund, money will be available for members of the humanities departments (Classics, Communication Studies, English, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, and Religion) and those from a humanities-related discipline (art history, political philosophy, theater arts).
Who We Are
A Distinct Identity
"The skills that humanities majors acquire are, in fact, transferable, marketable, and powerful. But I don’t think that our students are always initially drawn into the humanities because they are thinking along those lines. Moreover, I am pretty sure that their major faculty have devoted their life’s work to research and teaching in the humanities because of other motivations, yearnings that are deeper than skill development.
In our talk of skill enhancement, ROI, and relevance to the job market, I think that sometimes we lose sight of why such fields as philosophy, theology, and literary study have existed as long as they have. In some cases, millennia. Could it be that one aspect of the human condition is an innate, deep desire to make sense of oneself and the world? One of the common themes in nearly all humanities is an existential quest to understand who we are and why we are here. As Mary Oliver posits in The Summer Day, 'Tell me, what is it that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?'"
Dr. David Bost, Carey Shepard Crantford Professor of Modern Languages, Emeritus
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Study serious questions. Solve problems that matter.
Furman Humanities Review, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, annually publishes undergraduate papers in the humanities. According to criteria established by the Endowment, scholarly work from the following disciplines is considered for publication: history; philosophy; languages; linguistics; literature; archaeology; religion; the history, theory, and criticism of the arts; and those fields in the social sciences that employ historical or philosophical approaches.
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