Curious what people think about the split of HASS into two different colleges, with the arts (“fine arts”) becoming a college and the humanities and social sciences remaining (HSS, and I propose we pronounce this “hiss”).
College of HSS: Humanities: English, History, Languages, Philosophy, Speech and then the Social Sciences: Aerospace Studies, Journalism, Military Science, Sociology, Social Work, Anthropology, Political Science
Caine College of Arts: Arts, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Music, Theater.
Here is something that has been tumbling around my head: As a philosopher, I feel closer to the Arts than I do to the Social Sciences. Broadly speaking, let’s say philosophy concerns the good, the true and the beautiful. The arts concern the beautiful, often the good, and perhaps the true (whether they consider the true is a philosophical debate). The social sciences, on the other hand, do not consider the beautiful and they do not consider the good. They don’t even consider the true, except in some reduced sense of the “factual”. I should say that I don’t mean this in a derogatory way. There is value in the social science exercise.
Notable exception is political science. It considers the good and probably the true. But I am not sure political science is a “social science”. I majored in “Politics” in college, it was only later that my college renamed the department “political science”. In fact, I am tempted to advance this claim – the more political inquiry trends toward being a social science the less those engaged in the inquiry consider the good or the true and the more they consider the “merely factual”.
Assuming that the Arts here are not taught in a merely technical way, might we then say that philosophy (and we could make a similar case with the other humanities) are closer to the Arts than to the Social Sciences. The college reorganization, then, should have been to have a HA college (humanities and arts) and an SS college (social sciences).
Thoughts? Am I being unfair to any of the disciplines?