The mission of the Humanities Department at Massachusetts Maritime Academy is to offer a variety of courses in several different areas of the humanities to acquaint students with the humanistic traditions of a variety of cultures, to encourage higher order thinking necessary for the study of courses in both the Humanities Department and other departments, and to articulate thoughts and ideas in both oral and written forms of communication.
The goals of our department can be summarized as follows:
to maintain teaching excellence
to improve our teaching through professional development, research, and methodology, and pedagogical innovation
to assist non-Humanities department needs by collaboration and leadership in reading, speech, writing, and critical thinking
to offer a curriculum that’s relevant and responsive and enables our students to achieve their educational goals in a professional-technical setting
to develop historical/cultural perspective in our students
to involve our department in university issues and interdisciplinary concerns
The faculty of the Humanities Department works with other departments to help graduates become educated, productive employees, significant contributors to society, and life-long learners by developing skills in the following ways:
Communication Competences: Students should be able to read, write, speak, and listen effectively and be able to express and process ideas clearly and succinctly. They should demonstrate academic integrity in written and oral communication.
Higher Order Thinking: Students should be able to perform higher order thinking skills to include both critical and creative thinking. They should be able to apply the elements of reasoning and be able to use criteria and intellectual standards in order to make decisions, analyze arguments, solve problems, and create original ideas.
Multicultural Perspective: Students should be able to defend and or apply the principle that people should be valued as individuals regardless of heritage, race, or gender. They should also identify and appreciate the similarities and differences amongst people from various nations and cultures.
Artistic Appreciation: Students should demonstrate a knowledge of and sensitivity toward a variety of different art forms including the fine arts, the performing arts, and literature.
Contextual Awareness: Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of various social, historical, and cultural contexts in order to anticipate, promote, and adjust to change in socially complex professional and personal roles.