At its most fundamental level literature explores what it means to be a human being in this world and tries to describe what our human experience is like. As such, literature pushes us to confront the large human questions that have plagued humankind for centuries: issues of fate and free will, issues relating to our role in the universe, our relationship to God, and our relationships with others. Studying literature not only helps us to understand the complexity of these questions intellectually, but because of its very nature, it allows us to experience these tensions vicariously. Literature does not just tell us about human experience; it recreates it in a way we can feel and visualize. In other words, it calls for a total response from us--it stretches us beyond who we are.

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The School of the Humanities offers both a major and minor in History. The History major offers students the opportunity to become familiar with the long sweep of the human past and the diversity of its cultures. History majors develop close reading skills and the ability to conduct research. Career opportunities for History majors cover a broad spectrum of professional endeavors in both the public and private sectors.

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The Humanities major offers more flexibility and choice in course selection than most majors, allowing students to explore a wide range of subjects while developing crucial academic skills. Through the Humanities curriculum, students learn to think clearly and critically about issues that confront human beings during the course of their personal and professional lives. Also, the Humanities program promotes intellectual inquiry, independent and cooperative work, as well as analysis, problem solving, interpretation, research methodology, effective communication and imagination. These skills are essential for success in any profession or endeavor.

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The school’s Program in Philosophy and Religion offers a philosophy minor dedicated to producing graduates who will embrace “the examined life,” learning to ask probing questions regarding critical aspects of human existence. Graduates acquire skills in critical thinking and moral reasoning, as well as knowledge of world philosophies and religions. They also become aware of how ideas, including both secular and religious commitments and values, continue to shape our world as they encounter fundamental questions asked by every generation of humans in cultures across the globe.  The minor prepares the student both for lives as global citizens and for excellence in a variety of professional settings, including (but not limited to) law, business, education, and the non-profit sector.

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Foreign Languages

At Fairleigh Dickinson University's Metropolitan Campus, the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Spanish Language and Literature is offered through the School of the Humanities. In addition it offers introductory through advanced courses in FRENCH, ARABIC, CHINESE, GERMAN, and ITALIAN. It also offers minor in Spanish Language and Culture and minor in Romance Languages.

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Robison Hall 21
Metropolitan Campus
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Mail Stop T-RH1-01
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Voice: 201.692.2263
Fax: 201.692.2081

Janet Boyd
Associate Professor of English

Dr. Steven S. Kapica
Director of Writing

Julia Wagner
Director of Metro Writing Studio