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    • Mara E. Parker

      • Associate Dean of Humanities
      • College of Arts & Sciences
      • Kapelski, Room 305
      • tel: 610-499-4344
      • fax: 610-499-4605

Humanities, Arts & Sciences

Featured Program

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Lone Brick Theater

Open to all majors, the Lone Brick Theater provides an opportunity for students to express themselves through different types of theater productions.

Featured Program


Senior Seminar

In the senior seminar, students give presentations about their original research. Hear from students about this experience.

Featured Program


Freshman Common Experience

Freshman English classes feature a common reading that involves a variety of learning activities that bring first-year students together to think about their college careers as well as life’s challenges and wonders.

A degree in the humanities in the College of Arts & Sciences  allows you to explore many diverse interests while preparing for a sustaining career and a fulfilling life after graduation.

Courses provide a breadth and depth of knowledge in global culture, literature, history, language, and the arts. You will develop strong critical and creative thinking skills, clear and persuasive communication and writing skills, and the ability to think across multiple disciplines.

These skills are exactly what employers say they value most – even more than a specific major. 

Majors Offered 

Widener’s Humanities Division offers a wide range of majors that explore individual, societal, and cultural perspectives.

Courses are also offered in Italian, music, visual art, Chinese, and philosophy.

Academic advisors work closely with students to individually tailor their academic experience. Students can pursue double majors, minors, and interdisciplinary programs.

Why Widener?

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Diverse Career Opportunities

With an emphasis on culture and communication, humanities majors prepare students to work and communicate in a diverse world filled with multiple cultures, political perspectives, and methods and styles of communication. Students can pursue careers in business, publishing, writing, teaching, government, and more. 



emily defreitas and jayne thompson looking artwork.Personalized Learning Environment

Emily DeFreitas co-edited the acclaimed bookLetters to My Younger Self: An Anthology of Writings by Incarcerated Men at S.C.I. Graterford and a Writing Wordbook with instructor Jayne Thompson.



student rolling dough in mexicoInternational Engagement

Students can participate in study abroad programs and international service opportunities. For example, students have studied Spanish and Mexican culture in Cuernavaca, Mexico; idiomatic expressions in Honduras; and Chinese language and culture in China. Humanities faculty members have also led international service trips, such as the trip to Argentina led by Dr. Beatriz Urraca.