Welcome Letter

If you have found this page and are reading this paragraph, you are probably someone who wants to continue to explore an interest, or fuel a passion, first discovered in an English or History classroom; at a summer art, dance, or language camp; by writing for your high-school literary journal or newspaper; or after watching a Ted Talk on Buddhism or the moral dimension of political parties. Maybe you were the kid whose bedroom nightstand (or Kindle) was stocked with books of all sorts: novels, biographies, a French dictionary, a museum exhibition guide. You not only enjoyed the adventure and escape offered by books but the chance to ponder ideas and different perspectives on those ideas, to consider where those ideas came from—and why—and what they have to do with you. Maybe you spent your free time writing stories and poetry, photographing wildlife, making movies on your laptop, or re-enacting epic battles on your back lawn. Almost certainly, you have experienced the power of expressing yourself in words, images, and gestures as well as the potential for influencing others’ feelings or actions.

Through the University’s core-curriculum and over 25 majors, minors, and interdisciplinary- studies programs, the nine Humanities Departments at Loyola offer you the chance to continue to read, write, speak, ponder, and act with passion and purpose in order to discover who you are in relationship to others of the past and present so that you are prepared to contribute to the important discussions of the future—to be an informed, thoughtful, empathetic member of your profession and community. Our faculty are known not only for their award-winning research, writing, and artistic achievements, but for their commitment to undergraduate teaching and to service on campus and in the Baltimore community.

As national surveys of business and government leaders continue to show, employers want much more than evidence of a college degree; they want critical and creative thinkers who can communicate clearly and effectively with others to help solve the complex problems of our time. That is to say, they are seeking people with the very aptitudes and abilities nurtured in Humanities classrooms.

We hope you will consider the Humanities as an academic home during your time at Loyola, whether it’s to take a course or two, declare a minor, or pursue one of our many majors.

Cindy Moore
Professor of Writing
Associate Dean of the Humanities