History, Philosophy & Religious Studies
In the Humanities Division, we ask the big questions. What is the nature of ultimate reality? What is the meaning of human existence? What is our role in the world? How have other people past and present addressed these questions? Why and why did things happen the way they did? Could history have taken a different course? Can things be different in the future?
The Division of Humanities, which includes the study of Religion, Philosophy and History, encourages students to explore the very basic questions underlying the human experience. Whether it is in interpreting the Biblical traditions in relation to their Ancient context, or reflecting on the metaphysical musings of Enlightenment philosophers, or examining the great social and political struggles at the heart of Colonial India, the Humanities Division at Maryville College provides a rich intellectual space to explore a world of ideas.
In addition to being the oldest building on campus (1870), the icon of the College (the Tower), and named for the College’s founder (Isaac Anderson), Anderson Hall is home to the Humanities Division. Oh the stories Anderson can tell.