Humanities Department

Develop your capacity for cross-disciplinary reflection, creative and critical thinking, as well as an understanding of diverse peoples and cultures.
Photo of students in art class

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 Humanities courses create a strong educational foundation that provides the essential skills needed for lifelong learning and success.

Majors and Concentrations

Interdisciplinary Studies, BA/BS

Design your own major in collaboration with a faculty advisor and build a curriculum that meets your own specific interests and career goals.

Creative Arts Enterprise, BA

You will select a concentration in Music, Theater, or Visual Art, and get extensive training in that artistic discipline. 

Creative Arts Therapies, BA

Learn about expressive arts therapy and how modalities of drama, music and art are utilized in working with children and adults in a variety of settings.

Humanities, BA/BS

Design your own major in collaboration with a faculty advisor, and build a curriculum that meets your own specific interests and career goals.

Fine and Performing Arts, BA/BS

Design your own major in the arts by combining courses in visual art, music, and/or theater in a package that meets your own specific goals.

Pre-law, BA/BS

Build a well-rounded and flexible skillset that will prepare you for Law School and a legal career. 

General Science, BS

Design your own major by combining a defined core set of science courses with a minor in another field.

Pre-Law Partnership

UMass Dartmouth 3+3

Complete both your bachelor’s degree (BS) and juris doctor degree (JD) in six years.

Beyond the Classroom

Music Ensembles

Music ensembles provide performance opportunities in concert band, jazz band, orchestra, and choir to students of all levels of ability whether or not enrolled in a music minor.
Read more about: Music Ensembles

Humanities Scholarship

A scholarship that aims to provide full tuition for a cycle of 10 private instrumental lessons with a professional music teacher,
Read more about: Humanities Scholarship

Fitchburg Art Museum

Our close relationship with the nearby Fitchburg Art Museum means free admission for all exhibits as well as exciting partnership opportunities.
Read more about: Fitchburg Art Museum

Events and a Look Inside the Courses

Check out our Burg Blog for various concerts and events as well as a look inside the many courses around campus.
Read more about: Events and a Look Inside the Courses
Thumbnail of mural created by alumni and faculty in downtown Fitchburg
Thumbnail of mural created by alumni and faculty in downtown Fitchburg

The health of a city is often seen mostly in economic terms, but public art projects can shift the focus to the creative, cultural richness of the community and its role in urban revitalization.

Painting a Brighter Future
Alumni and faculty part of public art project in downtown Fitchburg

Get in touch!

Please reach out with any questions you might have, either through the contact information below or by contacting the department chair, David Svolba, 978.665.3275.