Integral to the WPI Plan, the university’s signature approach to undergraduate education, the Humanities & Arts Department plays a considerable role in each student’s journey here.
The aim is to educate well-rounded, globally aware graduates with exceptional analytical skills and sensitivity to culture and context. The way is to offer a major, minors, concentrations, courses, and a required immersive experience. The result is that all WPI undergraduates get a chance to embrace their inner musician, thespian, poet, artist, linguist, or philosopher.
- Humanities & Arts (BA)
- American Studies
- Chinese Studies
- Creative Writing
- Drama/Theatre Minor
- English Minor
- Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies
- History Minor
- International & Global Studies (BA)
- International & Global Studies Minor
- Language Minor
- Latin American Studies Initiative
- Media Art
- Music Minor
- Philosophy & Religion Minor
- Professional Writing (BS)
- Writing & Rhetoric Minor
2022 1879 Awards Program
2022 1879 Awards Program entry form
The Class of 1879 Prize is awarded by the Humanities & Arts department yearly for excellent work in the culminating project for the Humanities and Arts Requirement. These projects must demonstrate exceptional creativity and skill in conceiving, developing, and expressing a theme within any discipline in the humanities and arts. This competition recognizes exceptional work in the Humanities & Arts by awarding prizes of cash and certificates for an outstanding Inquiry Seminar or Practicum completed in any term during 2022. Learn more about the past winners.
WPI's Choral Groups Unite
Current and former members of two of WPI's choral groups—Glee Club and Alden Voices—came together virtually during the spring to unite on a moving rendition of To My Old Brown Earth, led by Professor Joshua Rohde.
Members of the WPI Concert Band reconnected in D-Term in a virtual concert that involved each member recording their own parts from home. Together they bridged the distance and performed three numbers: Machine Awakes by Steve Bryant, Loch Lomond by Frank Ticheli, and First Suite in Eb by Gustav Holst.
APART - WPI Concert Band
The 2021 WPI Concert Band's Virtual Exhibition, APART. Thanks to the CB Production Team you'll hear and see a very engaging and creative presentation including aerial drone footage of the campus during the 3rd/last piece. Performance order: Percy Grainger's "Shepherd's Hey," David Biedenbender's "Melodious Thunk," and Rossano Galante's "Journey Through the Stratosphere."
Humanities & Arts Requirement
All WPI students complete the Humanities & Arts requirement. The goal is for every student to graduate with a broader perspective than that provided solely by the study of science and technology. Students will be exposed to art, theatre, music, and other forms of creative expression by completing six courses—including a seminar or practicum requirement—of their choice.
Where Creativity and Expression Meet
New Voices is the nation’s longest continuously running collegiate new and original play festival. Since 1982 the festival has featured performances of original, unpublished scripts from the WPI community. In 2006, New Voices became established in the Little Theatre, the university’s first dedicated theatrical space—an intimate 99-seat black box facility.
The skills that students acquire in the Humanities & Arts (HUA) program provide them with a distinct advantage in their chosen fields, which range from careers in environmental studies and public health to writing and performing. For more information on how students put their talents to use after graduation, see the career outlook for HUA graduates.