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.

Quick Fact

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.

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Daniel Klingensmith

Professor of History
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Dr. William Meyer

Professor of Philosophy and the Ralph W. Beeson Professor of Religion
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Dr. Aaron Astor

Associate Professor of History
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Dr. Andrew Irvine

Associate Professor of Philosophy & Religion
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Dr. Nancy Locklin-Sofer

Chair, Humanities, Associate Professor of History
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Dr. Phillip Michael Sherman

Associate Professor of Religion
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Dr. Doug Sofer

Associate Professor of History
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Rev. Dr. Anne McKee

Campus Minister
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Dr. Scott Roney

Adjunct Instructor of Western Civilization
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Ms. Carolyn Potter

Administrative Assistant