Arts and Humanities

A list of concentrations in Arts and Humanities


ClassicsThe Department of the Classics offers its students the opportunity to explore the whole range of Greco-Roman civilization from the Bronze Age through Byzantium and medieval Europe to Modern Greece.

Its faculty provide instruction in all the major areas of classical studies, including language and linguistics, literature, archaeology, history, philosophy, and religion.

Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature welcomes students who are interested in studying literature in more than one national and linguistic tradition, students who want to explore literature in relation to other arts and media (e.g., film, music, visual art), and students who seek to formulate an individualized program of study within the arts and humanities. 

East Asian Studies

East Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary concentration that seeks to develop a critical understanding of the human experience in East Asia. A concentrator develops language skills, participates in a series


“We like books,” explains Professor Stephen Burt, Director of Undergraduate Studies. “We also like collections of letters and manuscripts and recitations of poems and stage plays. We even like tweets


“Linguists are no different from any other people who spend more than nineteen hours a day pondering the complexities of grammar and its relationship to practically everything else in order to prove that language


The concentration in Music provides an understanding of music in diverse cultural and historical contexts as well as a solid foundation in composition


Philosophy studies many of humanity’s fundamental questions. Some of these questions arise when we reflect on the most basic and most widely shared elements of human experience:

Special Concentrations

The option of petitioning for a special concentration is for the serious student whose academic interests cross departmental lines.  Special Concentrations offers a student the opportunity to design his or her own program of concentration with the advice and consent of the various members of the …

Visual and Environmental Studies

Visual and Environmental StudiesVisual and Environmental Studies cultivates skills in both the practice and the critical study of the visual arts. Its components include photography, filmmaking, animation, video art, painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, as well as film and visual studies, critical theory, and the study of the built environment.