Our Mission

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The WFU Humanities Institute establishes programs and provides funding for university faculty in the humanities and other fields of study engaging in humanistic inquiry and scholarship. We are a member of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) and the National Humanities Alliance (NHA).

The Institute also fosters collaboration among faculty, and between faculty and students, to generate new scholarship and creative work, inspire new directions in teaching, and create vibrant university wide networks in interdisciplinary humanities, digital humanities, narrative medicine, and the engaged humanities. Since its founding in 2010, the Institute has collaborated with more than 230 university faculty across disciplines in the humanities, arts, social sciences, sciences, and the schools of law, medicine, divinity,
and business.

Do you have more questions? We are always on the lookout for interesting new ideas.  Don’t hesitate to come by our office (Reynolda Hall, 3rd floor) or email us to discuss a concept.

What are the Humanities?

Many academic disciplines fall under this category, ranging from philosophy, history, and religion to modern and classical languages. At their core, the Humanities consider the enduring, as well the contingent, questions that have shaped the trajectories of human inquiry from the ancient past into the future.

The Institute follows the National Endowment for the Humanities adherence to the 1965 National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, which states: “The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”  (National Endowment for the Humanities)


logoThe Wake Forest University is a member of the international Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI).



The Institute is supported in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).