many of the great ancient philosophersThe Humanities Area is the section of the Humanities Department that focuses on trying to understand our lives and the world around us by considering issues within the contexts of philosophy, religious studies, art history, gender studies, as well as a study of the created artifacts of human existence from the classics to current popular culture. 

The area is currently developing two new majors in philosophy and religious studies as well as training to become an art museum curator, while offering a range of minors including art history, philosophy, film studies, women and gender studies, and religious studies. 

The area has also traditionally been a major contributor to Ferris State University’s General Education program, offering courses in Cultural Enrichment, Global Consciousness, and Race, Ethnicity and Gender.