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To prepare versatile and visionary leaders equipped to address the complexities of the human experience, both globally and locally.

Foundational to the university’s capacity to provide a quality education, the arts and humanities discover, create and disseminate knowledge of human experience, thought and expression that cultivates intellectual breadth, promotes ethical understanding, builds identity and embraces difference. Deeply engaged with the vibrant cultural life of the nation’s capital and with citizens of the state of Maryland and beyond, we provide unparalleled opportunities for global and civic engagement. Faculty lead their disciplines in ambitious, original research on a broad range of topics, from historic to contemporary social movements, and from ancient texts to the digital dimensions of art and literature. Students gain specialized and interdisciplinary knowledge of people and their cultures through a diverse and vigorous curriculum, developing skills required for life in civil society and leadership in an emerging global community.


Strategic Goals

Goal 1: Produce graduates whose knowledge and skills prepare them to lead their fields and equip them for local and global citizenship.

Goal 2: Build and support a world-class faculty in the arts and the humanities.

Goal 3: Illustrate how the arts and humanities are critical to a knowledgeable democratic citizenry and problem solving in a diverse society.

Goal 4: Expand and enhance both physical and virtual spaces to promote robust and collaborative intellectual communities, and facilitate increased interaction between ARHU faculty, students and staff across the campus and beyond.