The Humanities and Sciences Department provides a curriculum that engages Cornish students in an exploration of the social, environmental and cultural contexts in which artistic production takes place. The aim of the department is to inspire curiosity about the world, cultivate civic awareness and foster the habits necessary for life-long learning.
Letter from the Chair:
Becoming an educated artist means more than developing deep knowledge and practice in one’s artistic discipline and craft. It means becoming conscious about how that discipline connects with the world at large. College should not be a departure from but an engagement with the “real world,” the skills, methods and knowledge supplied providing strategies for living and acting in that world. The humanities and sciences provide different frameworks for inquiry and problem-solving, broadening our perspectives and developing our capacities for critical and creative thinking.
At Cornish, we want our students to become artists who are able to negotiate their way in the world, having successfully acquired the communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to do so. Our aim is to inspire the habits necessary for life-long learning and for students to develop the kind of confidence and competence that will serve them well both during and after college, whether in their personal or professional lives.
In order to achieve these aims, our classes are small and seminar style, engaging students in discussion and analysis as much as possible. Students take an active role in helping to shape the classroom experience, learning to contribute as much as they receive. Courses are primarily theme based and explore a variety of subjects drawing on time-honored and contemporary topics.
We invite you to explore our curriculum to find out more about our program and offerings. Feel free to contact the department with any further questions you may have about our classes or instructors.
Chair of Humanities and Sciences