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Department of Humanities

Office location

Jacksonville University
2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

Office hours

Mon – Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Telephone number

(904) 256-7102

Email address

My Humanities coursework challenged me, helped me to think critically, and exposed me to a diverse set of ideas and perspectives relating to art, gender, class, film, technology, religion, and much more. The study of the Humanities has brought an immense joy and richness to my life.

Steven Pietrusza, Chemistry Major, Humanities and Philosophy Minor, JU Class of 2017

The program . . . allows for student growth. The [Research Intensive course] helped me to strengthen my writing skills and my confidence as a student. . . . My [faculty advisor] was always concerned with providing the highest level of professionalism in helping with general coursework, meeting program requirements, and research needs. She was always willing to listen to concerns and never hesitated to help in any way that she could."

Olivia Alford, Humanities Major, JU Class of 2016

All required courses [in the major] serve a grand purpose and come full circle by your senior year. . . My [Humanities] professors were always encouraging exploration . . . They are dedicated to their students.

Samantha Sellars, Humanities and Sociology double major, JU Class of 2015

I feel like my critical thinking skills and my writing skills have improved greatly during my time in the Humanities major.

Timothy A. Gallaher, Humanities Major, JU Class of 2015

The idea of being able to learn about various disciplines in one major was just fantastic. They all just happened to be some of my favorites – art, literature, philosophy, science, and culture. Loved it!

Misha Kahn, Humanities and Communications double major, JU Class of 2013

I chose the Humanities as a major because it opened doors to many fascinating aspects of people and their culture, while establishing valuable critical thinking skills as I make the leap from JU to law school and then to the workforce.

Thomas Nessler, Humanities major, JU Class of 2013; Texas A & M Law School, Class of 2016

I took humanities initially because it was a required course. However, my first [Humanities] class was much more than I expected. I loved so much being able to incorporate all of the arts into one class and the professor made it so electrifying that I decided to make humanities my major! Currently, I have found that my humanities background has helped to foster my creativity in my current law studies.

Vivian Williams, Humanities major, JU Class of 2010; J.D., Florida Coastal School of Law, Class of 2015

The decision to pursue Humanities as my undergraduate major not only introduced me to extremely talented individuals, but allowed me to creatively apply myself to the study of many disciplines and their connections. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to study different cultural expressions throughout history. As a result of my study of humanities, I gained valuable experience that allowed me to transition into graduate school, the corporate business world, and my current museum work. I am also able to continue my studies in archaeology as I prepare to attend field school. I firmly believe the study of humanities, being both well-rounded and analytical, has allowed me to become a competitive and successful individual in a struggling economic market.

Lacy Gillette, Humanities major, JU Class of 2007; M.A. in Egyptian Art & Archaeology, University of Memphis, 2009; Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Art History at Florida State University

I had never critically examined women’s professional role in western society before taking [the “Women in the Humanities”] class and it made me more conscious of women’s issues and contributions. The humanities has helped throughout my career and some of the books we read I still own! Thanks for the great experience.

Sara Beth Keough, Humanities major, JU Class of 1999; Associate Professor of Geography, Saginaw Valley State University (Michigan)