Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Integrating Literature and Philosophy as a Core Curriculum: A Case Study

Dr. Katherine L. Hall.

Certainly the role of humanities in thinking the shape of the future and the human continue to be an integral part of any university education, as any liberal arts professor would argue. At Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, students are required to take five core classes that embrace the mission of a liberal arts education. In the core class that I teach, Literature and Philosophy, students are guided by three questions that inform and shape the course. Who am I? What can I know? And How should I act based on what I know? are the questions that guide the philosophy and literary texts that we examine throughout the semester long course. Students develop a sense of inquiry based on their developing understanding of the significance of humanities-based search for themselves through the characters and figures in both philosophy and literature.

The continued success of the pacing and Socratic nature of teaching the Literature and Philosophy course will be the central focus of my paper/presentation. Attendees to my presentation will hear students’ voices in how they make sense of a humanities-based course, regardless of what their major course of study entails. I also will share what I believe to be a self-guided curriculum that helps students not only develop critical analysis skills about texts encountered in the course but also about their own lives and the significance of liberal arts to them.


Dr. Katherine L. Hall  (United States)
Assistant Professor
Writing Studies Department
Roger Williams University

Dr. Hall earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Tech, a Masters in English from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Arts from Christopher Newport University. Her work has been presented at both International and National conferences and she consults with the United Nations in Geneva. She is currently a Assistant Writing Studies Professor at Roger Williams University.

  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Case study
Person as Subject
  • Katherine L. Hall, Ph.D.

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)