January 07, 2013

A Wider View on the Humanities

Collaborative research takes an interdisciplinary approach.
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair Jay Odenbaugh talks with students in Watzek Library

At Lewis & Clark, our interdisciplinary approach to the liberal arts means that philosophy students explore how science can shed light on our emotional responses to art. Or a physics major gathers oral histories of a rapidly changing rural culture on the edge of the Tibetan plateau. An English major curates an exhibit of modernist illustrations from our library’s Special Collections. And, often—as in each of these cases—it means students and faculty engaged in collaborative research on or off campus.

A $700,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation will expand these important learning opportunities, enhancing our academic curriculum in the humanities and providing more support for summer research projects. 

Our distinguished faculty in the humanities lead students who are accomplished in their own right, winning top honors in history and foreign languages, as well as an impressive number of Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships.

Learn more about each of our departments in the humanities:

English  Foreign Languages  History  Philosophy  Religious Studies

Explore our other academic offerings in the visual and performing arts, the natural sciences, and the social sciences.