The purpose of the AC Center for the Humanities is to coordinate humanities-related curriculum that all students engage in and to offer opportunities for students to explore humanities-related topics through elective work both inside and outside of the classroom.
The study of the humanities at Allendale Columbia School cultivates thoughtful, creative, and empathetic children and young adults who live meaningful lives within their communities, their nations, and the world.
The skills emphasized in humanities courses, especially critical thinking and communication skills, are vital for making sense of our information-saturated world and being active contributors in work, civics, and culture.
In the humanities, students learn from perspectives that are different from their own, explore ethical dilemmas, and examine and articulate their own values. Through their study of history, students are better able to understand the present, and they learn to read literature as both a window into the lives of others and a mirror for reflecting upon their own lives.
Through the humanities, students are engaged intellectually and emotionally; they are acquainted with the breadth and depth of the human experience; and they practice skills that will allow them to navigate the world today and in the future.