Vision, Mission, and Values


The Department of Public and Applied Humanities will cultivate people who can imagine a wide range of critical and creative interests and skills dedicated to the development and application of humanistic inquiry for the betterment of the human condition.


The Department of Public and Applied Humanities will foster:

  • Highly experimental research projects;
  • Collaborative and transdisciplinary modes of work;
  • Design-based learning approaches that emphasize guided engagement in discovery learning to enable the transformation of personal creativity, skills, and knowledge into public enrichment;
  • Imaginative approaches to pressing and emerging challenges and opportunities;
  • Sustained critique of society and its structures;
  • An iterative approach to understanding¬†public good.


We, the community of the Department of Public and Applied Humanities:

  • Value collaborative decision-making by engaged colleagues;
  • Practice innovative thinking about both new and conventional challenges;
  • Engage in active learning about subjects that may be new, difficult, or uncomfortable;
  • Promote the diversity of individuals, communities, ideas, and expressions;
  • Exercise leadership and participation that is honest, compassionate, and respectful;
  • Strive to balance the fiscal needs of our department with the human needs of its people;
  • Embrace complexity and work with dynamic situations and systems as appropriate.