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Welcome from the HUTE Divisional Dean

Welcome to the Humanities & Teacher Education Division! We are the largest division at Seaver College, representing a wide array of disciplines that support the University's commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values. Our division offers:

Stella Erbes

  • Five Majors (Creative Writing, English, Film, History, and Liberal Studies for Education)
  • Various Minors (Creative Writing, English, Film, History, and Writing; Interdisciplinary Minors - African American Studies, Digital Humanities, Ethnic Studies, Great Books, Intercultural Studies, Sustainability, Women's and Gender Studies)
  • Three Special Programs (Great Books Colloquium, Social Action and Justice (SAAJ), and Elementary & Secondary Teacher Credential Programs)
  • One Graduate Program (Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting)

The majority of the General Education curriculum is housed in our division with courses that include First-Year Seminars, the Western Culture sequence (HUM 111, 212, 313), English Composition (ENG 101), the American Experience (HIST 204), Junior Writing Portfolio (JWP), World Civilizations (numerous options like FILM 365, HIST 320, 390, 409), Literature (like ENG 330, ENG 335, ENG 350, ENG 370, ENG 380), and the Great Books course sequence. Our division is fortunate to have multiple opportunities to connect with all students at Seaver College.

Our highly reputable faculty have won prestigious awards in teaching and scholarship, like the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence and the Pulitzer Prize. In our small classes, faculty engage personally with students in seminar-structured formats. Investing in our students is our passion and our commitment.

Students develop their research, writing, and critical thinking skills in their courses and while engaging in undergraduate research experiences in the summer and throughout the year. Numerous undergraduate research projects have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at professional conferences. Several students have also been awarded the prestigious Fulbright scholarship and have served as teachers and scholars around the world. Alumni from our multiple programs thrive in careers in education, with the FBI, at well-known publishing companies like SAGE, and in the film and television industry as writers and producers. Graduates from our teacher education program have also been honored for their good work with award-winning titles like "Teacher of the Year."

We are committed to develop the whole person, whose habits of reflection and academic inquiry strengthen students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.

If you have any questions regarding one of the programs that the Humanities & Teacher Education Division offers, please contact our office at 310.506.4225, or schedule a tour with our Admissions Office.

Stella Erbes, PhD
Divisional Dean of Humanities & Teacher Education
Professor of Teacher Education