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Humanities Department

FALL 2020 UPDATE: The Department of Humanities located in Conlon Fine Arts, Room 263 will provide in person services on Friday from 12pm - 4:30pm. The office will also be available remotely, Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm for the Fall 2020 semester. Please visit the office on Friday afternoons or contact To make an appointment with the Humanities/Interdisciplinary Studies department chair, please contact Petri Flint at To make an appointment with a Humanities faculty member, please contact them directly. Contact information and office hours are listed on elsewhere on this page. 


The Humanities Department, which includes Art, Music, Philosophy, and World Languages, encourages inquiry and self-reflection by offering a practical and innovative curriculum that recognizes the increasingly porous boundaries between disciplines. The Humanities curriculum develops your capacity for cross-disciplinary reflection, promotes creative and critical thinking, fosters an understanding of diverse viewpoints and nurtures the ability  to communicate across peoples and cultures. Humanities courses create a strong educational foundation that provides the essential skills needed for lifelong learning and success.

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Department Highlights 

The Humanities Department offers opportunities for you:

  • To learn a wide array of world languages, including ASL, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish, and to apply those skills in a range of study abroad opportunities.
  • To participate in a range of music performing ensembles, including Concert Band, Jazz Band, Community Orchestra, Chorus: Concert Choir and Chamber Choir.
  • To exhibit art in the annual ARTeries student show in the Hammond Gallery, and to create visual art in wide range of media, including drawing, water and oil-based painting, ceramics, puppetry, and sculptural work in a variety of media.
  • To dive into philosophical thinking and explore its intersection with other areas of knowledge: with psychology through the study of consciousness, for instance, or with natural science through the study of environmental ethics.

Contact Us

Office: Conlon Fine Arts - Room 263
Chairperson: Prof. Petri Flint, 978.665.3461
Administrative Assistant: Paula DeLisle, 978.665.3276
Admissions Office: 978.665.3144 or

Our Faculty

Bautista, Karina: Spanish Language and Culture 
Bromberg, Sarah: Art Appreciation, Drawing, History of Architecture, Women, Art and Society
Derwiche Djazaerly, Yasser: Arabic and French Language and Culture, Italian Language
Diakite, Rala: Italian Language and Culture, French Language, Medieval Studies
Dinda, Robin: Music Theory, Harmony, Ancient Arts
Fiske, Jane: Piano, Women in Music, Critical and Creative Thinking in Music, Contemporary Issues in the Humanities
Flint, Petri: Painting, Drawing, Contemporary Art
Harvey, Jonathan: Choral, Chamber, Voice
Jeffko, Walter: Philosophy, Contemporary Ethical Problems
Karbasioun, Keyvan: Spanish Language and Culture, French Language
McGlothlin, Amy: Music, Concert Band, Jazz Band
Moore, Sally: Sculpture, 3D Design, Puppetry
Olmstead, Andrea: Ceramics, Intro to Studio Art, and Drawing
Robey, Jessica: Renaissance through 20th Century Art History
Svolba, David: Ethics, Political Philosophy

Related Links and Resources

Two Year Rotation of Courses

Four Year Plan of Study
Course Catalog

    Community Music Lesson Program

    Visit the program page for an informational packet, lesson offerings and more.

    Visual Arts


    The Humanities Department has a range of facilities to support the diverse needs of our individual courses.

    • Music technology lab with synthesizers and music scoring software
    • Steinway grand pianos, Model B Steinway concert piano, Model L Steinway concert piano
    • State-of-the-art Wenger practice rooms with Boston upright pianos, Yamaha keyboards and Wenger storage units for student use. Please inquire at the main office for access.
    • Art studios for sculpture, drawing, design, ceramics, water and oil-based painting