The Department of Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts at the University of Michigan-Dearborn offers courses and programs in English and American literature, philosophy, art history, applied art, music, and music history. These courses and programs examine the legacy of the human experience and stress the traditions of free intellectual inquiry, critical thinking and ethical behavior. The department seeks to develop students' ability to engage in analysis and evaluation of texts and artifacts and to articulate their opinions effectively in oral and written form. Students receive personal supervision from senior faculty who are recognized experts in their fields.