The mission of the FH is to provide opportunities for NDU students to develop their intellectual and interpersonal capacities to their full potential. The Faculty also aims to encourage students to appreciate their culture and to work for justice and peace in their world. With a liberal arts education as the foundation of its programs, the mission of the FH is to equip students with a well-rounded knowledge base, enabling them to think critically and independently, to reflect on timeless issues, and to shape progress. The Faculty also aims to train students in professional career-based degrees.
During the next five years, the Faculty will strive to make NDU a university of choice for undergraduate degrees in Education, English, Physical Education, Psychology, Arabic, Translation, and Media Studies, and minors in Philosophy and Sociology. To attain this goal, the curriculum will be reviewed and updated with special emphasis given to the inclusion of courses that offer students exposure to the career they have chosen. In addition, efforts will be made to promote interdisciplinary studies and place greater emphasis on research for both students and faculty members. In line with Pope Saint John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae “research activities will study serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, and the search for peace and political stability….” (Article 32). Graduate programs will continue to be expanded to welcome adult learners who wish to further their area of specialization for further skills development.
As an integral part of a Catholic university which embraces the Maronite tradition of faith in the role of education to empower its members, the Faculty of Humanities places special emphasis on the following in all of its courses and activities:
- Academic integrity;
- Academic excellence;
- Personal ethics;
- Belief in one’s own worth;
- Responsibility of the individual towards one’s family and community;
- Respect for tradition;
- Becoming independent, critical thinkers;
- Serving others;
- Developing the ability to work in a team atmosphere for the good of the entire group;
- Cross-cultural understanding;
- Social consciousness.