Department Overview

Drawing on the Mount’s nearly one hundred years of excellence in teaching, the liberal arts faculty invite students to engage in an experience that challenges them to explore intellectual interests and talents with the support of community on campus and beyond.

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Our community of faculty scholars from a variety of disciplines guides students as they mature into broadly educated writers, speakers, and learners prepared to embrace the diverse opportunities of twenty-first century life, work, and service. Our graduates are rooted in the past, engaged with the present, and empowered to thrive in the future.

Our Programs

  Liberal Arts Major

Our Liberal Arts students are molded into broadly educated writers, speakers, and learners prepared to embrace the diverse opportunities of twenty-first century life, work, and service.

 

Learn more by visiting our Liberal Arts Major page.

 

  Liberal Arts - English Major

English opens a world of literary voices from a variety of cultures and time periods.

 

Learn more by visiting our Liberal Arts - English Major page.

  Liberal Arts - History Major

History connects lessons of the past to the future.

 

Learn more by visiting our Liberal Arts - History Major page.

  Liberal Arts - Philosophy Minor

A minor in philosophy develops critical thinking skills of analysis, synthesis and sound reasoning.

 

Learn more by visiting our Liberal Arts - Philosophy Minor page.

  Liberal Arts - Religious Studies Major

Religious Studies provides students with resources for an appreciation and analysis of religion.

 

Learn more by visiting our Liberal Arts - Religious Studies page.

Liberal Arts FAQs

What career options will this degree open up for me? What if I want to teach high school English or History? 

Find answers to these questions and more in our Liberal Arts major FAQs.

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High Climber

Maddie Axtell '21, Liberal Arts Major
MSJ senior Madison Axtell '21 played chess master Sergey Berchenko her sophomore year in a “Quick Chess” game in Professor Jeffrey Hillard’s Survey of Women Writers course in November, 2018. Axtell was previously a member of her high school chess team. Mr. Berchenko, originally a high school physics teacher in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, also taught her several key chess moves. Thus, Axtell is also minoring in English and pursuing a teaching licensure in Integrated Language Arts.

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Liberal Arts - English Faculty

Elizabeth Barkley

PhD English Professor and Chair

Jeffrey Hillard

MFA English Professor

Elizabeth Mason

PhD English Associate Professor

Drew Shannon

PhD English Associate Professor

Liberal Arts - History Faculty

Jennifer Morris

PhD History Professor

Peter Robinson

PhD History Professor

Liberal Arts - Philosophy Faculty

Christopher Davidson

PhD Philosophy Assistant Professor

Michael Sontag

PhD Philosophy Associate Professor and Dean of Arts & Humanities

Iris Spoor

PhD Philosophy Assistant Professor

Liberal Arts - Religious Studies Faculty

Andrew Buechel

PhD Religious Studies Assistant Professor

Elijah Prewitt-Davis

PhD Religious Studies Assistant Professor

Kyle Schenkewitz

PhD Religious Studies Assistant Professor

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