Mission Statement

Libertas, Sapientia, Humanitas

The Humanities Digital Degrees Project has been founded to preserve and promote the traditions of study and scholarship in the humanities, and to make these traditions as accessible as possible by using digital technology to develop delivery methods adapted to advanced textual study at the same time as lowering costs and expanding availability across the virtual domain.

All HDDP programs follow the methods and aims of the humanities, engaging students in their education through intensive practice of reading, writing and speaking, and leading them forward to the fullest development of their intellectual and human potential. In keeping with the traditions of modern humanism, language skills are at the heart of the HDDP’s approach to teaching. All programs are offered in English and French, and students are encouraged to take at least a minor in the second language. In keeping with the liberty and the humility of humanist inquiry, HDDP programs situate the study of human experience within the sphere of individual judgment. Integral to the humanist ideal, the freedom to choose one’s ideas is attained through historical understanding, intellectual honesty, and critical rigour. The HDDP fosters the mutual reinforcement of these skills through the structure of programs built on the idea that learning is nourished by freedom of inquiry, and that ambition and responsibility develop as freedom is cultivated.

The HDDP is dedicated to supporting leading-edge humanities scholarship and committed to increasing access to a humanities education of the highest quality in order to offer students from all backgrounds the opportunity to surpass themselves. The skills and learning HDDP students acquire in the study of texts which have shaped the modern world will prepare them for lives of civic engagement and entrepreneurial leadership in the course of which they will in their turn shape our world for the better.