What are the Humanities?
The humanities are comprised of those disciplines devoted to the study of human thought, culture, and history. Ranging from investigations in literary interpretation to the history of science, from the cultural meanings of public spaces to the discourses of the human body, humanistic inquiry appears across the disciplines, though it is most often associated with philosophy, history, literature, languages, and history and criticism of the arts.
The Humanities Center at West Virginia University cultivates critical humanistic inquiry, fostering innovative, collaborative, interdisciplinary, and publicly accessible scholarship and teaching to benefit the common good of the University, the state, and the world.
The Humanities Center at West Virginia University will be central to fostering a welcoming, supportive, lively, and creative community of humanistic inquiry across campus. In addition to amplifying the work of scholars within academic departments and schools, the Center will advance inter- and trans-disciplinary study, promote scholarly collaboration, articulate new fields and forms of inquiry, facilitate nontraditional modes and media, and communicate our research publicly and accessibly. To accomplish this, the Center will provide space, administrative support, research grants, expertise, events, and programs to support local and visiting scholars as they produce new knowledge and demonstrate its value for the common good of West Virginia University and the citizens of the state of West Virginia.