Today we are interconnected in ways previously never thought possible. We live in an age when increased global political, social, cultural, environmental, and economic interaction, aided by new technologies has become more common. As a result, it is important for our young people to develop the skills to examine their role, not only in their own communities, but in the world that lies beyond their immediate horizon. In addition, students need to find the voice with which they can effectively participate in this global dialogue. The twenty-first century citizen must think on this global scale.
The Humanities represents this intersection of ideas and forms of communication and includes the study of literature, history, philosophy, theology, languages and the appreciation of the the fine arts and music from around the globe. However, the skills developed within our program will give students the proper foundation for entering any professional arena. At the core of all Humanities courses at Lake View High School lies the belief that students need the ability to think critically and analyze information found in traditional and new forms of media.
Students interested in the Humanities will begin their quest through required courses that will provide them the exposure to the skills necessary to eventually explore topics of their interest, resulting in the possible participation in a self-directed senior capstone seminar. Courses in the Humanities enable students to develop strong oral and written communication skills that enable them to become part of the new creative class of individuals who will lead us in this age of accelerated technological development. More importantly, they will foster civic responsibility and the capacity to work together to solve the problems of tomorrow.