Humanities Division

Humanities is a collection of academic subjects united by a commitment to examine and interpret the human experience. Studying humanities at Franklin Pierce University provides students with an integrated liberal arts perspective that will serve them well in any career that requires an understanding of culture and people's engagement with their surroundings. Humanities faculty at Franklin Pierce utilize a diverse approach to their subjects in order to enrich students' coursework and ensure that no single paradigm narrowly defines a particular discipline.

Humanities at Franklin Pierce

American Studies
American Studies at Franklin Pierce offers the opportunity to explore American life and culture through a wide variety of perspectives.  The Program brings together faculty from many different academic departments and offers courses dealing with American history, literature, society, government, media, arts and music, thought and belief, education, environment, business, issues and ideals.  Providing a balance to this curricular diversity is a core of required introductory courses, a methods course, and an integrative Senior Project Seminar. 

English
The English Department invites students to participate in the rich heritage of the written word. Our curriculum is grounded in the study of the great literature of the past, including Chaucer, Shakespeare, the English Romantics, and major figures in the American tradition. At the same time, it is open to new currents of expression: to the voices of Toni Morrison and Amy Tan, Salman Rushdie and Anne Rice; to the literature of multicultural America, the postcolonial world, and popular culture.

History
Established with the original Franklin Pierce curriculum in 1963, the History Program forms an integral component of the University's academic life. Our longstanding reputation for challenge and rigor enhances the mission of academic achievement, while the analytical and critical skills cultivated within History provide a solid foundation for lifelong learning. The History Program provides students with a wide range of options beyond the traditional surveys, including offerings in Multicultural, Political, Women's, and Intellectual History.

Philosophy is offered as a minor.

Political Science
The Political Science Major offers students unique opportunities to combine rigorous theoretical classroom training with applied internship experiences in ways that make the major both challenging and rewarding. Centered around the study of the policy-making process, our students develop an understanding of the critical social issues that define contemporary politics.

Public History is offered as a minor.

Women in Leadership Certificate
The Women in Leadership Certificate is an interdisciplinary program that offers an integrative approach to learning about the interconnections among gender, race, class, sexuality, and transnational issues. The program takes gender and sexuality as its critical terms of inquiry, exploring them as social constructs and analyzing their impact on culture. The Program aims to build a supportive environment for women to assist them in the development of leadership skills through a program that integrates theory and practice.

Available Honor Societies Include:
Phi Alpha Theta (History)
Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science)
Sigma Tau Delta (English)

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