School of Humanities

Be Inspired.

Be Human.

Curiosity, creativity, empathy, and employability flourish here. Humanities students improve oral and written communication skills alongside critical thinking and analytical reasoning abilities, applying their learning to real-world situations. This intellectual training mirrors learning priorities for business executives and hiring managers. The Humanities prepares graduates for coming changes in culture, technology, and the workplace.

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English & Rhetoric

Develop your ability to think both analytically and creatively and to compose with precision, clarity, and style. You will look deeply into texts to understand how you connect to the lives of others and how language both reflects and shapes beliefs.

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Learn through analysis of the voices and images of the past in the form of historical documents. This analysis is anchored by debating historical questions and methodologies using the latest scholarly works.

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Religious Studies & Philosophy

Avila’s Religious Studies & Philosophy program teaches a number of marketable skills, including critical thinking, analytical writing, cultural understanding and sensitivity, and intellectual initiative.

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Women’s & Gender Studies

Women’s and Gender Studies courses are designed to give students the tools to engage their critical thinking skills, to enable them to dissect the mechanisms of power that are central to culture, and to understand and challenge the worlds in which they live.

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Global Studies & Social Justice

Global Studies & Social Justice provides students with broad contexts for: thinking through difference and diversity, facing challenging engagements with multicultural and intercultural dynamics of power, and also increasing personal awareness of how our own selves emerge and are shaped by global forces and processes.

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Degree Programs



  • Writing & Rhetoric

“My experiences at Avila prepared me for the working world. I feel a sense of control in everything that I communicate both in writing and speaking because I have been taught by insightful, master professors.”

Max Williams ’15, English B.A.
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