World of Humanities: What is Being Human?

This Living-Learning Community is designed for inquisitive incoming freshmen. Students in this World live and take classes with other freshmen who also want to answer the question: what does it mean to be human?  From philosophy to literature to art and music – being human means being unique… but how and why?  Led by faculty from different departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, students will look at this age-old question from new angles and discover what it means to be human.

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As a member of the World of Humanities, you will live with other incoming freshmen who share your interest in English, art, and language. You can study together, attend social and co-curricular programming together, and have a supportive network of peers right from the start. Friendships form quickly in L-LCs!


The World of Humanities will take some courses together in the fall and spring semesters of freshman year and attend themed events together!

Fall 2016 L-LC Classes:
Freshman Seminar: World of Humanities
Philosophy 114: Morals and Society

Spring 2017 L-LC Classes:
Your spring L-LC courses, which you will take together as a community, will be finalized mid-fall. Seats will be reserved for you in each designated L-LC course.

Co-curricular activities within this L-LC may include:

  • Co-curricular activities within the L-LC may include:
  • Visits to local museum exhibit
  • Social gatherings with your L-LC friend
  • Guest speakers from a variety of field
  • Exposure to new academic disciplines


As a member of an L-LC you will have a built-in community of friends and colleagues right from the start!

Friends: Study and socialize with fellow L-LC members. Tackle those first-year courses with your friends by forming study groups where you live!

World Ambassadors: "Learn the ropes" from peers selected from last year’s most engaged L-LC students. If you stay an engaged student within your L-LC, you could become a World Ambassador your sophomore year!

Community Assistant: Meet weekly with an upper-class/graduate student to plan or attend social, academic, and community service events.

Lead Faculty Member: Get to know a member of the faculty outside of the classroom at weekly lunches in your own dining hall!
World of Humanities Lead Faculty: Professors Glyne Griffith and Rachel Dressler
Weekly L-LC Lunch: Tuesdays from 12:10 pm - 1:05 pm

World Representatives: Leadership opportunities abound in the L-LCs! Earn a spot as a World Representative by being a leader in your L-LC! World Representatives are elected by the L-LC in October to represent the group at meetings throughout the academic year.

Eligibility: The World of Humanities is open to freshmen from all academic majors and intended programs.