Literature, poetry, film, painting, music, religion — they all play an essential role in the production of culture. Studying the humanities at Elms invites you to closely examine written documents, historical artifacts, visual rhetoric, musical compositions, and more, and to interpret their meaning for audiences new and old. Humanities majors also focus on developing fluid writing and speaking styles adaptable to a range of careers.

Creative Inspiration

Creativity is central to all human activity. The humanities and fine arts build your appreciation of art and literature, teach you about the role of religion in civilization, and show you the past’s relationship to the present.

Transferable Skills

In humanities and fine arts classes, you will learn about other cultures and languages, and learn to think critically, problem-solve, and write and speak effectively — essential skills for a wide range of professions in today’s rapidly changing marketplace.

Vibrant Community

The Division of Humanities and Fine Arts sponsors myriad events — exhibits, speakers, literary events, and more — throughout the year.


The best way to find out if Elms is right for you is to see for yourself.

Many applicants decide to attend based on the warm, welcoming feel they get from our faculty, staff and students.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis — and we’ve waved the fee! Apply when it fits your schedule.

With 95% of our students receiving financial aid, we know how to combine scholarships, grants, and loans to make your degree affordable.

Meet Our Faculty

Get to know the faculty who bring our humanities and fine arts courses to life. Visit the faculty page.

Borgia Gallery

Promoting the fine arts at Elms College for more than twenty five years, the Borgia Gallery seeks to expand and challenge our understanding of the world.

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