Foundational to the university’s capacity to provide a quality education, the arts and humanities discover, create and disseminate knowledge of human experience, thought and expression that cultivates intellectual breadth, promotes ethical understanding, builds identity and embraces difference. Deeply engaged with the vibrant cultural life of the nation’s capital and with citizens of the state and beyond, we provide unparalleled opportunities for global and civic engagement. Faculty lead their disciplines in ambitious, original research on a broad range of topics, from historic to contemporary social movements, and from ancient texts to the digital dimensions of art and literature. Students gain specialized and interdisciplinary knowledge of people and their cultures through a diverse and vigorous curriculum, developing skills required for life in civil society and leadership in an emerging global community.
Our strategic goals are