Division of Arts and Humanities

Alexander HoweWelcome to the Division of Arts and Humanities at the University of the District of Columbia.  We are a vibrant and diverse community of students and faculty pursuing the humanities and fine arts.  The arts, literature, and philosophy allow us to reflect upon the nature of experience and provide our lives with meaning and beauty, as well as broaden our understanding and empathy for those whose experiences are different from our own.  We live in a time when the lessons of the humanities and arts are especially resonant, and it is the goal of the division to quite literally make the world a better place, through study, understanding, and action.

The Division boasts active faculty in Art (Studio Art, Graphic Design, and Photography), English, Foreign Languages, Music, and Media.  Our courses are student-centered and our curricula are predominantly interdisciplinary and problem-based.  All students are encouraged to take an active role in developing their course of study in pursuit of their intellectual interests and post-graduation plans.  All Division students will participate in research projects, internships, and service learning in innovative ways that foster mastery of skills, professionalization, and community engagement.  Our graduates are both specialists and adaptive learners capable of thriving in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world.

The Division is home to students from over fifty countries, speaking more than ten different languages.  All of our courses thus feature a multicultural intersection of local, national, and global perspectives that affords students an exciting and diverse undergraduate experience.  Situated as we are in the Nation’s capital, our classrooms extend into the vibrant arts community of Washington, DC itself, as students take advantage of the city’s world-class theaters, performance halls, and museums.

I feel very privileged to serve as the Division Chair for Arts and Humanities at the University of the District of Columbia, and I am thankful each day to be surrounded by such gifted artists, scholars, and activists.  Our programs offer students intensive and welcoming learning communities that support students’ curiosity, experimentation, and ambition.  We hope that you will join the Division of Arts and Humanities as part of the next step in your educational journey.

Alexander Howe
Chair, Division of Arts and Humanities