The University Center for the Humanities recognizes and supports the humanities at Western Michigan University. The humanities provide fundamental intellectual resources for exploring the issues of our day. Rooted in diverse perspectives, the humanities comprise the classics, languages, literature, philosophy, ethics, history, jurisprudence, religion, archaeology and cultural studies, as well as the social sciences, such as cultural anthropology, economics, geography, political science and sociology. They also have close links to the study of visual and performing arts, the sciences, engineering, business and health sciences. Moreover, the humanities cross disciplinary boundaries, taking up questions about the meaning of human existence that transcend the thinking of any single field of study.