Distinguished Writers Series

George Saunders

George Saunders

George Saunders, one of Time Magazine's 2013 most influential people in the world, is just one of the many nationally recognized, award-winning writers who visit Widener University each semester as part of our Distinguished Writers Series.

According to a December 2012 article in Forbes, the top three skills employers demand of prospective employees are:

  1. Critical thinking
  2. Complex problem-solving
  3. Judgment and decision-making

All three are required for understanding how to think strategically, as great leaders are often called to do. English and Creative Writing aid in the development of critical thinking; History helps you develop decision-making perspective by examining the successes and mistakes of the past; Fine Arts will encourage your creativity; and Modern Languages and Gender and Women's Studies can help you develop an appreciation for other cultures and social groups. 

Choosing Italian, music, or the visual arts as a minor, or a course in philosophy and Chinese, can also help you build leadership qualities and competencies. 


Our humanities majors include:


Our humanities minors include:

  • Italian 
  • Music 
  • Visual Arts

Interdisciplinary Programs

Widener also offers interdisciplinary programs with strong Humanities content:

With opportunities for hands-on learning beyond the classroom, you'll have an experiential edge that convinces employers to believe in you and potentially invest in you. At Widener, you'll find many ways to test yourself outside the classroom: by writing or editing for Widener Ink,the University's literary magazine, for example. Or you may get inspired by spending time with one of the many internationally-known and award-winning authors who come to Widener for our Distinguished Writers Series

If you like academic challenges, then explore Widener's Honors Program in General Education. If you want to challenge your GPS, our Study Away program will take you many places across the globe.

If you have a song in your heart, you can sing in the Widener Chorale or play an instrument in the String Performance and Chamber Music Program and the Wind and Jazz Ensembles. It's all part of the Widener humanities experience.

Humanities and Your Future

With a major in the humanities, you'll be ready to take your place on the global stage because you'll have the skills and talent that employers need to be successful in the 21st century. 

"If you teach students one trade, that skill might be obsolete in a few years. But if you teach people how to think and look at lots of information and connect dots – all skills that a classical liberal education gives you – you will thrive." – Vivek Ranadivé, CEO of TIBCO Software (2012)