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Exploring the stories and ideas that help us think critically about issues confronting human beings across times, places, and cultures.

Faculty and students working in the humanities explore what can’t be captured by facts and figures alone, but resides in experiences, meanings, and nuances—in the many ways we reach toward understanding and documenting our world. 

We gather and interpret oral histories, examine archives of old maps, diaries, and newspapers, and pay close attention to books, films, paintings, and performances. We interrogate common assumptions, debate politics and power dynamics, and ask questions like “What is justice?” “How can a novel convey an experience of displacement?” and “How do you live a meaningful life?”

In addition to traditional disciplines like literature, languages, philosophy, religion, and history, students and faculty working in the humanities often ask questions that reach across disciplines, focusing their inquiry in fields including gender studies, environmental studies, humanistic anthropology, media studies, Latin American studies, and Asian studies.

The humanities help us understand others through their languages, histories and cultures. Students in humanities courses and tutorials explore how people have tried to make moral, spiritual, and intellectual sense of the world. Humanities students build skills in writing and critical reading, weigh evidence, and consider more than one side to every question. By valuing critical thinking, inclusivity, and reasoned discourse, the humanities, in tandem with Marlboro College’s community governance, help develop informed and committed citizens.

Literature professor Rituparna Mitra leads a class discussion on readings.



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