Founders Day -Humanities

Equip students to understand, assess, and communicate to their full potential

Goal: 10,000

Humanities: English, History, & Interdisciplinary Studies

It seems appropriate that the Humanities, as cornerstones of Benedictine liberal arts education, make their home in the very first administrative and educational buildings on Belmont Abbey’s campus, built with the bricks our first monks formed from local clay. 

Moreover, today’s BAC Humanities show vigorous signs of new growth! Humanities leadership have exciting plans to enrich the Abbey’s already nationally recognized undergraduate educational experience, and you can join them. Your gift today helps to cultivate tomorrow’s critical thinkers and communicators, not only equipping them with the requisite skills to excel in their chosen professions, but also encouraging them to embrace the True, the Good, and the Beautiful as lifelong learners.


The English Department hosts more core classes than any other program on campus. Exploring literature and the English language, students develop as thinkers and writers, engaging across genres and eras with what it means to be human and how we make sense of experiential reality through narrative, verse, drama, and informational texts. In English classes, students participate in the ongoing conversations that inform cultural and personal values, negotiating the relationships between form and content, signifier and sign.

Thanks to your generosity to last year’s Founders’ Day Campaign, Dr. Farrell O’Gorman’s English Department provided enrichment and networking experiences for students: sponsoring student membership in the North Carolina Writers’ Network and attendance the NCWN Conference and the Conference on Christianity and Literature.

This year, your contribution responds to even greater needs. Your gift to English this Founders’ Day will go toward:

  • Facilitating further student participation in conferences and professional associations, including the North Carolina Writers’ Network and the biennial Conference on the Catholic Literary Imagination
  • Creating and funding regular teaching, writing, and research internship opportunities


Belmont Abbey’s History Department offers a type of context critical to understanding, not only who we are as a culture, but also how human agency and human societies have understood themselves, their past, and their relationships to each other. History provides a deeper understanding of how and why we pursued the good and express the meaning of community, leadership, and identity. 

Last year’s Founders’ Day funds enabled BAC History to sponsor and provide lectures, conferences, and experiential learning opportunities for students throughout the Humanities.  

This year, you can expand these opportunities, enabling Dr. Patrick Wadden and his fellow department faculty to: 

  • Offer further student trips to local museums, archives, and historical sites
  • Develop new course opportunities engaging Catholic culture and Southern history

Support the Humanities at Belmont Abbey College

Your support addresses the needs of these dynamic and essential Departments, creating not only enrichment opportunities, but also vital curricular expansion, across the Humanities. 

Moreover, supporting BAC Humanities supports all students, who develop foundational skills in their core classes. All majors, vocations, and careers benefit from robust Humanities, which help to cultivate in all of us the capacities to think critically, to communicate, and to practice excellence and virtue in community.  

And, as a special thank you for your donation to the Founders’ Day Challenge, we will send you novelty Belmont Abbey swag! When you give $10, you receive a glow-in-the-dark ultimate BAC frisbee. When you give $50 you receive a glow-in-the-dark ultimate BAC frisbee and a BAC canvas tote bag. To commemorate Belmont Abbey’s 148th year, when you give a gift of $148 (or $13/month) you will receive four BAC black and gold leather coasters, a bag of St. Benedict hazelnut coffee and the BAC canvas tote bag.

Recent Donations

“The English Department at Belmont Abbey College has bolstered my lifelong love of literature while teaching me how to analyze the texts we study on a deeper level and also how to strengthen my own writing style. My experience as an English major at BAC has provided me with opportunities, at school and in the local community, to become a more well-rounded individual and has prepared me for a successful career post-graduation.”

Julia Treat

Julia Treat ’24

“In my time at Belmont Abbey College, I’ve been blessed to go on many adventures with the English department. I have travelled far: to Canterbury with Chaucer and his cohort of pilgrims, to the East with Marco Polo, to Heaven with Dante, and back home with Odysseus. I have laughed my way down the Mississippi with Huck Finn, trembled with Gulliver at the giants of Brobdingnag, and I have fought monsters alongside Beowulf – in the original language! As I begin my new adventure at the graduate school of my dreams, I’m so thankful for the wisdom, adventures, and academic example that the English department has given me – and I hope that one day I will grow up to be a professor like those in the Abbey’s English department!”

Anthony Klein '24

Anthony Klein ’24

“As a current 1L in Law School, I am able to say that my history degree equipped me with the quick, profound deductive reasoning skills that you need in law school. The approach and considerations to critically analyzing a document in the law is very similar to the approach as a historian. As a result, the expertise from the history department allowed for my confident and smooth transition into law school.”

Madeleine Kortsch

Madeleine Kortsch ’22

“Studying the humanities at the Abbey has formed me by granting me the lens of our intellectual tradition, through which I could see Truth. It has also enabled me to pursue my dream career after I graduate.”

Matthew Ratcliff ’24