“Wie es ja das grösste Glück sein kann, das Unglück gut zu beschreiben.”
- Thomas Bernhard
“I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.”
- John Cage
“fatti non foste a viver come bruti ma per seguir virtute e canoscenza”
- (Dante Alighieri, Inferno XXVI 116-120)
“Literature is the question, not the answer.”
- Roland Barthes
“A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity, and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon, and by moonlight.”
- Robertson Davies
"To create one's own world in any art takes courage"
- Georgia O'Keeffe
“Curiosity is a moral responsibility.”
- Amos Oz
"Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end."
- Virginia Woolf, "Modern Fiction," 1919
“What is the answer? In that case, what is the question?”
- Gertrude Stein
"Art is a way of recognizing oneself."
- Louise Bourgeois

“We understand, as never before, that each of us is fully worthy of the respect and dignity essential to our common humanity. We recognize that we are the products of many cultures, traditions and memories; that mutual respect allows us to study and learn from other cultures; and that we gain strength by combining the foreign with the familiar.”

– Kofi Annan

The Humanities Department functions like a small liberal arts college within the Eastman School of Music by offering students a broad range of intellectually stimulating courses in numerous academic disciplines, including Anthropology, Art History, American Studies, English, English as a Second Language, Film Studies, French, German, History, Italian, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Visual Cultural Studies, as well as Gender and Women’s Studies.

The vibrant intellectual culture of the Humanities Department fosters a rich liberal arts education that supports Eastman students’ professional aspirations. The department’s full time faculty provides students with thorough knowledge of texts and ideas, skills in critical analysis, and tools for clear expression. Students may explore diverse fields or pursue focused study in one area with the possibility of earning a minor or major.