The School of Humanities and Fine Arts
The faculty of the School of Humanities and Fine Arts affirms the Catholic, Benedictine, and liberal arts traditions of the Saint Vincent College community. Its constituent departments--English, Fine Arts, History, Liberal Arts, Modern and Classical Languages, Philosophy and Theology--are allied in the conviction that higher education is a methodological as well as a creative process. Drawing upon Abbot Boniface Wimmer's precept that a person should learn "first what is necessary, then what is useful, and finally what is beautiful," its teachers invite students to participate in investigations of the world and the self, and to consider discovery and learning in the light of spiritual development.
Four goals are the heart of this School's mission:
- Providing students a challenging yet welcoming interdisciplinary learning environment.
- Initiating students into regional, national and international communities of thinkers and doers.
- Empowering students to contribute to the common good in worlds beyond the classroom and campus.
- Enhancing students' understanding of and respect for the importance and richness of Catholicism, both as a tradition and as a way of daily living.
The School of Humanities and Fine Arts plays a significant role in the Saint Vincent curriculum because the process of seeking answers to life's most important questions demands skills and competencies beyond the fulfillment of requirements. Students are thus guided in assimilating a critical familiarity with the past, literacy and creativity springing from a developed sense of aesthetics, fluency in thought and expression, ethical judgment rooted in an awareness of community, and spiritual sensitivity and acumen. Faculty members in the School realize that an ongoing quest for truth, beauty and goodness endows the learning process with meaning, and that this meaning manifests itself in nature and culture, in poetry and politics, in tradition and innovation, in commerce and scripture.
Valuing reason, creativity and faith as critical parts of the learning process, faculty members in the School of Humanities and Fine Arts strive to reflect the motto of the college: veri justique scientia vindex (Knowledge vindicates Truth and Justice).