School of Humanities
The School of Humanities maintains the longstanding tradition of cultivating and reflecting on essential human knowledge (art, communication, English literature, English writing and rhetoric, Spanish, French, Catholic studies, liberal studies, philosophy, graphic design, photocommunications, religious and theological studies, and theater arts), which thrives at St. Edward’s University.
Each program provides sound preparation for a variety of careers and/or graduate school. While each discipline has its own faculty, space and resources, all create an environment for excellence and share a common approach that draws upon these advantages:
- Small classes and teacher-scholars who take an active role in preparing graduates for the challenges and opportunities of a global workplace.
- Approachable faculty members whose top priority is ensuring you benefit from a personalized learning experience.
- Student-faculty collaborations, such as gallery exhibits, theater productions and published works, allow exploration of diverse perspectives while students gain an appreciation for the vast creative inheritance of humanity.
- Vital “cross training” for students to discern relevant information, research facts and articulate precise arguments (orally and in writing), which are essential for the lively debate of history, religion, the arts or philosophy — and are lifelong skills transportable to virtually any field, career or graduate school.
Dear Future Humanities Students:
Hop on a plane in Texas, and be in Spain in seven hours. Skype your friends in Brazil. Share ideas with students in South Korea and South Africa via video-conferencing classrooms. Champion a global human rights movement on Facebook. With every heartbeat, and tap of a keyboard, our world becomes more interconnected and accessible.
At St. Edward’s, we prepare our students to keep pace with this prolific change and to embrace the opportunities and challenges it brings. In the School of Humanities, it begins by empowering them with knowledge built on proficiencies in writing, literature, language, philosophy, religious studies and the arts. These explorations fuel imaginations and cultivate students’ abilities to think critically, research topics from diverse perspectives and articulate their findings and insights through writing, speaking and creative endeavors.
All the while, they refine their ideas and their voice. Students present and display their work at exhibits and symposia. They publish two award-winning campus journals, Arete and Sorin Oak Review. They produce and perform classics and original scripts on stage. They examine arguments and ethics in our Passion and Civility debates and interact with renowned novelists, poets and playwrights in our Visiting Writers Series. Whatever their artistic or scholarly pursuits, they hone and share them through their projects and research.
The knowledge and skills acquired in the School of Humanities extend across academic disciplines and far beyond our Austin, Texas, campus. Our students, for example, immerse themselves in international languages, cultures and business through studies at our partner universities in France, Argentina, Japan and other countries. They explore photography in China and event management in Scotland. They participate in service projects in India, Uganda and Canada.
Amid opportunities like these — grounded in local and global realities — our students see the world and its people in new ways, with understanding and respect. Throughout their educational journey, they cultivate qualities such as self-awareness, intentionality, flexibility, empathy and intellectual curiosity.
Above all, they discover their passions, strengths and purpose, preparing them to thrive and make a difference in our rapidly changing world.
- Sharon Diane Nell, PhD
- Dean, School of Humanities
Fine Arts Center
The Fine Arts Center provides a rich, dynamic environment where students draw inspiration across many creative programs, including art, graphic design, photocommunications and theater. The energy of ideas reciprocates throughout classrooms, workshops, studios and labs. At the heart of the Fine Arts Center is a spacious art gallery that showcases student artwork and exhibits from noted local, regional and national artists and faculty.
- Studios for clay sculpture, painting and drawing, design, and printmaking
- Modern and updated traditional film-based and wet laboratory facilities, plus advanced imaging lab for exhibition and portfolio works
- Graphic design lab with Macintosh computers, plus hardware and software for editing graphics, film and video
- Student lockers to securely store materials and artwork
- Patio with comfortable seating for students to share ideas and collaborate on projects
- Professional exhibition space
- Costume shop, theatrical lighting studio and dance studio
The Mary Moody Northen Theatre brings students and professionals together.
Mary Moody Northen Theatre
Master your craft, on or off the stage, in a theater that demands the very best of your talents. The Mary Moody Northen Theatre is an intimate theater-in-the-round, challenging cast and crew to play to an audience that surrounds the performance.
Fashioned after the Tony Award–winning Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., designed by Edward Magnum, this venue brings the world of professional theater arts to life. Magnum helped create the Theater Arts program at St. Edward's. Performers such as William Shatner, Sonny Bono, Stephanie Powers, Ed Begley Jr. and Pat O’Brien have shared their craft with students at St. Edward’s. The Mary Moody Northen Theatre operates professionally, producing four plays a year and giving students hands-on experience in every aspect of theater.
- Theater-in-the-round encourages students to stretch their boundaries and test their skills
- Seats an audience of fewer than 200 members for close interaction between audience and actors