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Humanities

Hillyer College

The Humanities are the core of a liberal arts education that prepares you for a thoughtful, active, and ethical life.

Hillyer's Social Sciences

About the Department

Learn from our faculty who are experts in the disciplines of:

  • History
  • Art History
  • Philosophy
  • Communication and Speech
  • Music
  • Theater

No matter what class you take, you will connect what you study to the contemporary issues that affect us all.  Your professors will guide you through class discussions as you question the past and seek to understand the traditions and histories of the world’s diverse peoples.

Career Outlook

Many careers benefit from the thinking and communication skills provided by a humanities education, including:

  • Business
  • Law
  • Education
  • Social work
  • The Arts

Robert Churchill, PhD

Professor of History ,

In his latest book, The Underground Railroad and the Geography of Violence in Antebellum America, (Cambridge University Press, 2020), Hillyer College Professor of History, and noted historian of American political violence, Robert Churchill, examines the role geography and violence play in the narrative of the Underground Railroad. Read more.

The country, particularly the north, was grappling with a very particularly southern style of violence that was acted out by slave catchers when they came north to recover fugitives. In the lower northern border states like Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, you have a very different culture. One that is really emphasizing human dignity, one that emphasizes law and order."

Rebecca Townsend

Assistant Professor, Communication

Research Interests: Rhetoric and culture of communication; deliberation in public engagement, government and public policy; language and social interaction

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Why do you enjoy teaching students in Hillyer?

Communication is one of the major ways humans shape society. I love teaching students about communication because there is always the hope they will shape it better than the way they found it. Students can gain new abilities, and cultivate their own personal, professional, or civic capacities. They can make positive changes for themselves and our world.

Michael Robinson

Professor, History

Research Interests: History of science, history of exploration

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Why do you enjoy teaching students in Hillyer?

A lot of students hate history. Some are bored. Others are intimidated. It’s a huge thrill when I see them change their minds.

Faculty & Staff

Fran Altvater
Associate Dean for Student Services; Associate Professor of Art History
Humanities
Dean's Office

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Robert Churchill
Professor of History
Humanities

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Mari Firkatian
Professor of History
Humanities

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Ju-Yong Ha
Assistant Professor of Music
Humanities

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Michael Robinson
Department of Humanities Chair; Professor of History
Humanities

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F. Scott Scribner
Professor of Philosophy
Humanities

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Rebecca Townsend
Assistant Professor of Communication
Humanities

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Daniel Williamson
Professor of History
Humanities

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