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Humanities Commons

Why Study the Humanities?

Humanities Commons

The program began in 2010 as a collective endeavor of the English, history, philosophy, and religious studies departments as part of an effort to consider to what extent the humanities have shared intellectual interests, goals for student learning, and connections to the rest of the University. The mission is and was to take seriously the importance of the humanities to the University's goal to educate the whole person in connection with the common good and to pool information and resources for doing this in an integrated and effective manner.

An Education Never Obsolete

Evolve Over Time

engaging with fundamental questions about human life and values.

Develop & Practice

critical thinking, problem solving, effective communication, and internship opportunities.

Academic Departments, Core Program and Humanities Commons

In the spirit of the Common Academic Program, the departments of Religious Studies, Philosophy, History, and English are each a part of a Humanities Commons program, introducing the seven institutional learning goals while meeting appropriate disciplinary objectives.


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The Core Program offers an innovative, 2 ½ year interdisciplinary curriculum that address a common theme, "Human Values in a Pluralistic Culture." Courses are carefully coordinated so students experience the integrated character of the liberal arts. Co-curricular speakers, arts events, and other activities related to course content are integral components of the program. Approximately 120 students enroll each year who represent a cross-section of all majors. ASI 110 and ASI 120 are the Core Program courses that are part of the Humanities Commons.


Core Program & Humanities Commons

Students entering the University of Dayton complete a two-year course of study in composition by enrolling in ENG 100 in their first year and ENG 200 in their second year. University of Dayton Honors Program students complete a one-semester course of study in composition by taking ENG 198 or ENG 114 in their first year. ENG 100, ENG 114, and ENG 198 are courses in the Humanities Commons.


English & Humanities Commons

Students entering the University of Dayton complete HST 103: The West and the World as a part of the Common Academic Program and the Humanities Commons. While this course is taught by many different instructors, all sections will examine key aspects of world history. We will study how patterns of interactions in the past have contributed to the making of our contemporary world.


History & Humanities Commons

Students entering the University of Dayton complete PHL 103: Introduction to Philosophy as a part of the Common Academic Program and the Humanities Commons. While this course is taught by many different instructors, all sections will cover the following topics: Philosophical positions that relate to the Catholic intellectual tradition, philosophical conceptions of human flourishing, the use of philosophical conceptions of human flourishing to analyze human problems, perspectives from non-western cultures, social injustice and institutional structures, theoretical tools, and contemporary issues and global dimensions.


Philosophy & Humanities Commons

Students entering the University of Dayton complete REL 103: Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies as a part of the Common Academic Program and the Humanities Commons. While this course is taught by many different instructors, all sections will cover topics that will address the course objectives: religious positions relating to the Catholic intellectual tradition,  the use of these religious conceptions to analyze human problems, perspectives from non-western religions, social injustice and institutional structures, theoretical tools, and contemporary issues and global dimensions.


Religious Studies & Humanities Commons
Google Team Drives

Faculty resources for the First-Year Arts Immersion experiences are now available on Google team drives that are named for the event by year.

Instructions: From your UD email account inbox click the 9-box square on the upper right corner of your screen. Then click Team Drive and look for the FYI by event name and theme.

Humanities Commons Coordinator
Elizabeth Mackay

Associate Professor; Humanities Commons Coordinator

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Michelle C. Pautz, Ph.D. Assistant Provost for the Common Academic Program


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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1302
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