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Why Is it Important for You to Study the Arts and Humanities in College?


Studying the arts and humanities helps you develop critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills.

By engaging with different perspectives, analyzing texts and art, and interpreting cultural phenomena all from a biblical worldview, you learn to think deeply and critically about the world around you. These skills are highly transferable and valuable in any career path you choose. Studies show that the average worker will change jobs anywhere from 10 to 15 times over the course of their career. That's why it's so important to be adaptable and prepared to navigate these changes. This means developing a strong foundation of transferable skills—and critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving are at the top of the list!


The arts and humanities help you understand and appreciate the complexity of the human experience.

Studying literature, philosophy, history, and the arts helps Christians gain insight into the diverse cultures, beliefs, and values that make up our world. This broadened understanding will help you become a more informed and empathetic citizen, able to engage meaningfully and share the Gospel with the people you encounter.


The arts and humanities help you explore your creativity and cultivate your appreciation for the beauty of God's handiwork.

You'll discover how a distinctly biblical worldview values beauty and encourages creativity for the glory of God. Studying and creating art and literature can be a deeply enriching and satisfying experience offering a unique kind of intellectual and emotional fulfillment that provides meaning and purpose in your life beyond your chosen career.

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Studying the Arts and Humanities From a Distinctly Biblical Worldview

Cedarville’s approach to the arts and humanities is dedicated to encouraging discernment and promoting excellence. With an emphasis on artistic events, scholarly research, and student mentorship, you’ll be encouraged to glorify God as you develop and expand your understanding of and passion for the arts and humanities.

Cedarville promotes the development of creative expression, cultural understanding, and artistic appreciation in submission to biblical authority. We actively support and showcase the work of students and faculty who are seeking to glorify God through faithful, compelling influence in the arts and humanities.

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The Arts and Humanities at Cedarville Blog

  • Looking at Opened Eyes

    by Stephen Schuler When I first visited Cedarville University a year ago, and I was considering whether this was a place at which I would like to teach, I was encouraged to see a thoughtfully composed sculpture on the shore of the lake. The sculpture, called Opened Eyes, is by artist James DeVries, who also... View Article The post Looking at Opened Eyes appeared first on The Arts and Humanities at Cedarville.

  • Walker Percy and the Humanities

    by Mark Caleb Smith, Dean of Cedarville’s School of Arts & Humanities What is the purpose of the Arts and Humanities? Walker Percy (1916-1990), the novelist, gives us a sense of the possibilities. With his feet in the past, but his head turned to the future, Percy relied on a broad and deep education to... View Article The post Walker Percy and the Humanities appeared first on The Arts and Humanities at Cedarville.

  • Film adaptations of literature in Cedarville’s Centennial Library

    by Alexis Chandler When I was asked to make a book display as a part of my library internship this year, my mind immediately went to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, one of my favorite movies, adapted from a 1942 short story called “It Had to Be Murder.” Some of the most well-known films are adapted from... View Article The post Film adaptations of literature in Cedarville’s Centennial Library appeared first on The Arts and Humanities at Cedarville.