Through the Humanities, students deepen their understanding of themselves and their culture. They also become more open and appreciative of other cultures and traditions. The Humanities opens doors.
The courses in the Humanities aim to provide students with a liberal humanistic education characterized by sapientia et eloquentia. This liberal humanistic education is delivered through courses designed to make students articulate and critical, imaginative and productive, rooted in their own culture yet open to other cultures, proactive in their global environment, and strongly committed to faith and justice.
The Humanities in the Core Curriculum
The heart of the Ateneo education is the core curriculum, largely made up of courses offered
by the School of Humanities. The rich traditions in philosophy, faith, literature, language, arts and culture give this education its distinctive character.
The courses in philosophy bring students into contact with the primary texts of great philosophers from the classical times to the contemporary period. By posing personal, social, ethical and religious questions among students, the courses develop habits of philosophical reflection.
Courses in theology offer students a unified, constructive, firmly articulated vision of life grounded in the Christian faith. Immersed in the rich sources of theological wisdom and scholarship, they develop a thinking faith and are led to respond to the call for moral transformation and spiritual renewal.
The study of literature starts students on their journey in the creative life. Students deepen their understanding of themselves and their world by reading literary texts – local and global, classical and contemporary – taught from a multicultural perspective.
The courses in Filipino, English and a foreign language teach students to think critically and communicate effectively.
Beyond the Core Curriculum
The School of Humanities offers specialized courses in addition to the core courses.
The courses in interdisciplinary studies help students to recognize relations. They are taught to integrate different levels of truth and approach reality from a broader perspective. The study of the fine arts exposes students to various forms of art-making. In the process, the sensibilities of the students are refined, their discipline is strengthened and their craftsmanship honed.
Students can opt to join the Junior Term Abroad program and spend a semester of their third year as exchange students in one of the Ateneo partner institutions in Asia, Europe, or the United States.They can also go on a 3-week European Summer Study Tour to Germany, Spain, France, or Italy to enhance proficiency in the language of their choice.In addition, students can be part of the 2-week Beijing Immersion Program and increase appreciation of Chinese art, culture, history, and language.