Working as part of the UAH community, our responsiblity is to promote the humanities. The term humanities is closely related to the term humanity which dates back to the 14th century. However, humanities is more specific than the state of being human; it refers specifically to learning through fields of study that are not classified as hard science. The following definition appears on the website of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
According to the 1965 National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, "The term 'humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life."
Like the NEH, our goal is to promote the humanities because we share the belief that democracy depends on wisdom. Wisdom, it has been said, is the wise use of knowledge. The UAH Humanities Center ensures the continued growth and stability of subjects important to the development of wisdom among individuals. We do this, believing that our increased understanding of ourselves, of each other, and of our histories, provides the tools that will enable us to use our expanding knowledge wisely.
It is the goal of the UAH Humanities Center to propel the University toward recognition as an academic leader in the humanities. In doing this we will provide a cultural environment that encourages learning through research and public discussion.