The IPH Mission
All students in the major will learn to write and speak clearly and flexibly; they will have broad exposure to a range of canonical texts; they will be trained in the historical and formal analysis of those and other texts; they will be fluent in at least one foreign language; and they will have considerable experience in independent research.
IPH is for the intellectually ambitious. Students apply for admission to the major by submitting a portfolio during their sophomore year. While in pursuit of the major, students are evaluated through a Junior Comprehensive Exam, a language exam, and a senior honors thesis. Most of our majors achieve college honors through the successful completion of the above.
IPH is founded on the Text & Tradition core program and on the humanities-themed FOCUS programs in which students engage with a flexible canon of important books in European and American, ancient and modern intellectual traditions.
IPH is more than a major – it is a sustained group project involving faculty and students. It aims to establish a small intellectual community comprised of students and faculty who regularly engage each other (and each other’s ideas) both in and out of the classroom.
The humanities bring you into contact with both the traditional and the unconventional ideas and beliefs that have shaped history. With the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities (IPH) as your major, the most influential works in the American and European traditions serve as a springboard for individual explorations that lead beyond the boundaries of a single academic discipline. You will study at the intersections of literature, language, philosophy, history, and the arts, where the synergies and contrasts among these disciplines yield stimulating intellectual challenges and intriguing new insights.
Combining a core of knowledge, foreign-language proficiency, critical, analytic, and research skills, IPH is a challenging major for creative, intellectually ambitious students. You'll be well prepared for a range of graduate programs in the humanities, a future in academia, or a professional career in law or public service - and for the vital work of critical citizenship and path-breaking problem-solving.