Broadly conceived, the humanities disciplines use historical, philosophical, and artistic approaches to study the human condition in all its facets. Humanistic and artist knowledge plays a crucial part in the education of the individual; the pursuit, creation, and theorization of meaning; and qualitative analyses of social systems and cultural practices. The Disciplinary DAE for the Arts & Humanities is Dr. Jules Odendahl-James, both a scholar and a practitioner (theater director, dramaturg). She can discuss your interests in the fields listed below at both theoretical and applied levels. Whether you are searching for how to integrate your interests across fields, maximize opportunities in separate and time-intensive interests, find research mentors, develop your own portfolios, or strategize about how best to represent your unique Duke journey, an appointment with Dr. OJ can provide clarity, spur more productive questions, and leave you with a specific to-do list that makes next steps more tangible.