The humanities—which include such disciplines as language, literature; history, jurisprudence, philosophy, archaeology, and comparative religion—are central to the mission of a research university.
AAU members work to strengthen scholarship and graduate and undergraduate education in these and related fields, and to enhance public appreciation of their importance to society. Institutions’ activities include creating partnerships with K-12 schools, expanding the availability and preservation of humanities materials through the use of digital and information technologies; and developing greater funding for humanities activities and programs.
AAU follows federal funding and policy issues that affect the humanities, including annual appropriations for the National Endowment for the Humanities. The association examined the condition of the humanities on AAU campuses in a 2004 report, and cosponsored a follow-up convocation on the humanities in 2006.
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