School of Humanities & Behavioral Science

The study of English, history, government, language, communication, graphic arts, culture, psychology, social services, and society religion are not dusty relics of the past, but instead provide answers for the most pressing issues our modern world.

Humanities and Behavioral Science prepare our students for professional careers and help students develop the critical thinking skills as well as facility with written and oral communication that employers seek. From artists to historians, public policy makers to writers, social workers to public relations experts, our majors focus is on the development of skills that are necessary for successful employment and citizenship.  Our majors’ emphasis on experiential learning connects the classroom to the professional world that is beyond our campus.

The departments representing these disciplines are full of professionally accomplished and engaged professors who will provide you with a rigorous education and nurturing environment. These are experts who will help you grow and develop your talents within the strong foundation of your academic discipline.

Our graduates have become lawyers, Foreign Service officers, professors, graphic designers, social workers, broadcasters, police officers, writers, interpreters, entrepreneurs, ministers, missionaries, and good servants to church and society. President John Pistole is a graduate from this school, whose liberal arts background and Anderson University education led him to law school, the FBI, and eventually director of the Transportation Security Administration before returning to his alma mater.

Faith & Learning

The School of Humanities & Behavioral Science integrates faith and learning, beginning with the liberal arts core curriculum. The school’s departments weave a strong commitment to faith into their courses, minors, and majors. The professors in the School of Humanities & Behavioral Science do not compartmentalize their Christian faith and scholarship into separate, competing parts, but instead fully integrate the two so that Christian values are interwoven throughout their professional lives and teaching. Our Christian scholarship does not just pay lip service to our religious roots but is a systematic way of understanding and interpreting our world.

As a student, you also have a part to play in this exploration: learning, growing in academic and professional skills, and expanding faith horizons. The professors in the School of Humanities & Behavioral Science understand the issues that surround intellectual and spiritual growth and will be with you to challenge, cajole, and nurture you. We shall walk together, trying to use our scholarship to understand our world and our savior. Academic and Christian discovery is not just a slogan; it is our mission.

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Guest Lectures

The Anderson University School of Humanities & Behavioral Science believes it is important to enhance the educational opportunities of its students by bringing guest lecturers and faculty to our campus annually. The following lecture series are available to students, faculty, and staff and are open to the public.

PACT Lecture Series

The ongoing PACT lecture series is an opportunity to hear from those who have devoted their lives to educating others on matters of forgiveness and reconciliation, as well as those who educate us on injustice and oppression throughout the world. View bios on the lecture speakers below. 

Previous Speakers Include:

Security Guest Speaker Series
  • Eric Holder, former U.S. Attorney General (Video)
  • John Brennan, former director of CIA
  • Matthew Olsen, former director of National Counterterrorism
  • Robert Mueller, former director of the FBI
  • James Clapper, former director of National Intelligence
  • Alice Hill, senior director for Resiliency, National Security Council (Video)
  • Representative Pete Hoekstra, former House Intelligence Committee Chair
  • Alejandro Mayorkas, deputy secretary of Homeland Security
  • Chuck Rosenberg, acting administrator for the Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Dr. Paul Stockton, managing director of Sonecon and former Assistant Secretary of Defense