The Oliverian School offers an integrated humanities curriculum. This department combines the study of English and social science with a driving emphasis on the essential skills that underpin both content areas. Humanities classes look at works of literature in the context of the cultures and societies from which they have emerged. Students practice critical thinking, close reading, analytical writing, research, and discussion as they delve into the central questions of what it means to be human through both literature and history.
As an example, most students take World Cultures during their first year. This course explores the history, culture, religions, and literature of world regions, including Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Europe. In this course, as in all Humanities courses, there is a strong emphasis on critical reading comprehension, research, and writing.