About Our Department
The Department of Humanities offers programs in Digital & Studio Arts; English, Writing, & Professional Communication; Philosophy; and Theology.
Department Chair Fr. Kevin Scalf, C.PP.S.
The humanities can be described in many ways, but simply, it is the study of how people process and document the human experience. Since humans have been able, we have used theology and religion, philosophy, literature, art, music, history and language to understand and record our world. These modes of expression have become some of the subjects that traditionally comprise the “Humanities.”
Knowledge of these records of human experience gives us the opportunity to feel a sense of connection to those who have come before us, as well as to our contemporaries. At Calumet College, the Humanities consists of English, Writing, and Professional Communications (EWPC), Theology, Philosophy, and Digital and Studio Arts. We invite you to experience this special place on-line and in-person. On behalf of my talented colleges who teach in the Humanities Department, Welcome!
Fr. Kevin M. Scalf, C.PP.S.
Chairperson, Humanities Department
Why the Humanities Matter
Insights Into Everything
Through exploration of the humanities we learn how to think creatively and critically, to reason, and to ask questions. Because these skills allow us to gain new insights into everything from poetry and paintings to business models and politics, humanistic subjects have been at the heart of a liberal arts education since the ancient Greeks first used them to educate their citizens.
Understanding Our World
Research into the human experience adds to our knowledge about our world. Through the work of humanities scholars, we learn about the values of different cultures, about what goes into making a work of art, about how history is made. Their efforts preserve the great accomplishments of the past, help us understand the world we live in, and give us tools to imagine the future.
Bringing Clarity to the Future
Today, humanistic knowledge continues to provide the ideal foundation for exploring and understanding the human experience. Investigating a branch of philosophy might get you thinking about ethical questions. Learning another language might help you gain an appreciation for the similarities in different cultures. Contemplating a sculpture might make you think about how an artist's life affected her creative decisions. Reading a book from another region of the world, might help you think about the meaning of democracy. Listening to a history course might help you better understand the past, while at the same time offer you a clearer picture of the future.