SVA student performing on stage with self made props
CREDIT: BRIDGET BADORE

Humanities and Sciences is the largest department at the School of Visual Arts, serving nearly every undergraduate student. We offer more than 200 courses, taught by instructors who are writers, historians, filmmakers, musicians, lawyers, archaeologists, psychologists, sociologists, philosophers, social activists, scientists, artists, poets and journalists—busy makers and heavy thinkers.

More About the Department

Our curriculum is both classic and modern, encompassing 15 disciplines. Through rich course offerings and diverse, active and committed instructors, H&S encourages students to engage with big questions, sharpen inquiry and analysis, communicate effectively, explore theories and principles of science and the social sciences, increase intercultural knowledge and become better citizens.

Studies in humanities and sciences will help you better understand your work as an artist, clarify your intentions, articulate your vision.

Our courses introduce you to a multitude of great thinkers' ideas, giving you an opportunity to project your perspective through the prism of many different minds. Your point of view will open up, your eye will widen—and your art will reflect the world.

  • Resources, Programs and Events

    The Writing Resource Center

    The Humanities and Sciences department offers the Writing Resource Center (WRC) at the School of Visual Arts, which helps students develop the skills they need to convey their ideas clearly, creatively and analytically.


    If you are a current SVA student, please visit the Writing Resource Center page for more information about setting up personal, one-on-one tutoring sessions to help sharpen your writing skills.

    The Match Factory

    The Match Factory is a Humanities & Sciences online literary magazine, affiliated with H&S’s Writing Program.


    Check out our most recent issue and get more information on submitting your work for inclusion on The Match Factory page.

    The Writing Program

    The Writing Program is a 15 credit non-degree concentration, nestled within the requirements of the Humanities and Sciences department. In the Writing Program, students choose critical or creative writing courses culminating in the creation of a writer’s portfolio.


    For more information, please visit the Writing Program page.

    Kaleidoscope Word and Multimedia Variety Show

    Kaleidoscope, Word and Multimedia Variety Show is an annual spring event featuring spoken word, visual art, music and dance performed by SVA students and faculty.

  • General Course Listing

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