About Us

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The Department of Comparative Humanities offers one of the oldest Humanities degree programs in the country. Officially established in 1933 to provide an integrated and interdisciplinary cultural background in art, literature, music, theatre, and philosophy, the Department continues to pursue its original mission of encouraging students "to begin upon what should be a lifelong clarification" of values, outlook, and personal philosophy. Based on the conviction that the "best education" is one which provides students with opportunities to pursue their own interests within a structured program while emphasizing the continuing development of students' skills in reading, thinking, and writing, the Department faculty works with each Major to create individual programs of study that reflect the student's interests and goals. The Department offers interdisciplinary programs that allow students to combine study of two disciplines or focus on the culture of a particular historical period.  These interdisciplinary programs in Humanities are designed to provide students with a broad grasp of the arts and humanities with special strengths in selected areas. The disciplines included are art history, literature, classical and modern languages, music history, philosophy, theatre arts and religious studies.  The cultural periods included are ancient, medieval and renaissance, early modern, and modern.

Contact Information

Department Mission Statement


For questions about...


    • The undergraduate Humanities major, advising in the Humanities major, Humanities classes, or scholarships for Humanities majors contact: Dr. Mike Hagan , 502-852-6045.


    • The Humanities MA concentrations, graduate courses in Humanities, applying to the Humanities Graduate Program, or financial support resources for Humanities graduate students contact: Professor Elaine Wise, 502-852-6805.


    • The Ph.D. in Humanities, the courses in the Humanities Ph.D. program, applying to the Humanities Ph.D. program, or financial support resources for the Humanities Ph.D. program contact: Lisa Schonburg , 502-852-3887.


  • All other general questions, contact the Humanities Division Office, 303 Bingham Humanities building, 502-852-6805.

Please note: email is the best method of contact for the persons listed above.  Office hours and instruction times vary, therefore the persons above are not always immediately available by phone.  Additionally, please make sure when calling to leave a detailed voice mail with your contact information and someone will get back to you at the earliest convenience possible.