Humanities
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Humanities

The humanities are comprised of academic disciplines that study the human experience from the perspective of people everywhere in the world, during every period of history.

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Arabic
ARAB-300
This course will further develop students' linguistic skills in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)....
Arabic
ARAB-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....

More than 350 million people in 22 nations speak Arabic. Understanding the language, culture, history, economics, and roles in the global community can be a vital 21st-century skill.

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The Multimedia Language Lab is open 24/7. It’s designed not only for individualized instruction but also for group work and small seminars that use a variety of digital materials for class discussion.

Chinese
CHIN-112
A comprehensive introductory course in modern standard Chinese through the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing....
Chinese
CHIN-311
This course is designed for students who have completed two years of college-level Chinese and are ready to move on from the intermediate to the ad...
Classics
CLAS-440
This is a required course for senior majors in Classics, ancient Greek or Latin....
Classics
CLAS-221
This course is a study of the mythology of classical antiquity, with an emphasis on its representations in literature and art, and its relationship...

The study of classics entails an education in the languages, literature, history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. It encompasses all that is best in a liberal arts education.

B.A.

Each year, through the Beck Series for Visiting Writers, students have a special opportunity to meet and work one-on-one with such writers as Andrea Barrett, W.S. Merwin, Tobias Wolff and many more.

English
ENGL-375
Studies in the production, reception and sociopolitical context of British drama from roughly 1660 to 1800....
English
ENGL-365
A study of selected works of poetry, prose and drama from 1500-1660....
B.A.
French
FREN-214
The course deals with the question: "What makes the French French?" by examining several aspects of French culture, such as child rearing...
French
FREN-399
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....

Students in Denison’s Intensive French Program in Martinique spend four weeks exploring contemporary society on this Caribbean island, whose history was shaped by France’s colonial policies and politics.

B.A.

Thanks to the Patty Foresman Fund, the Department of Modern Languages can provide its students with exceptional experiences usually available only through study abroad programs.

German
GERM-311
The goal of the course is to train the students in the techniques of reading, analyzing and responding to literary and non-literary texts such as, ...
German
GERM-312
A close study of works by Mann, Kafka, Hesse, Boll, Grass and others....
B.A.
Greek
GRK-332
Reading of one book of the Gospels or The Revelation of John....
Greek
GRK-112
Advanced study of ancient Greek grammar and language....

Students have opportunities to participate in the on-campus classics organization Ludus, as well as the national honorary society in classics, Eta Sigma Phi.

B.A.

The Phi Alpha Theta history honorary society encourages the development of a community of historians by organizing meetings, film nights, and other academic and social events for students and professors.

History
HIST-122
A survey of U.S. history from Reconstruction after the Civil War to the present day....
History
HIST-303
An intensive research seminar that considers both the ecclesiastical reforms and cultural and intellectual revival that marked the "long twelf...
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Japanese
JAPN-111
A comprehensive introductory course in modern Japanese develops the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing....

Are you brand new to the study of Japanese? Beginning courses concentrate on correct pronunciation, an active vocabulary of 500-1000 words, and basic grammatical patterns.

B.A.

A classical education enables an individual to confront our rapidly changing world in all of its complexity, with a firm sense of identity and a critical sensibility.

Modern Languages

Faculty in the Department of Modern Languages incorporate many technological resources. There are three important electron spaces that we use frequently: the Foresman Lounge, the Multimedia Language Learning Center, and Higley 028.

Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with a foreign language major.

Each semester a series of Philosophy Coffees is held, with informal discussions among students and professors, centering on a different question or issue each time.

Humanities
PHIL-280
This course addresses fundamental questions regarding the nature of the human mind and thought....
Philosophy
PHIL-126
This course is about justice, power, and freedom, as ideals and as realities, and about whether objective or rational justifications of political a...
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Portuguese
PORT-245
Topics in Portuguese (Portuguese-245)....

The Language and Culture House is an exciting residential option that gives second-, third-, and fourth-year students a special environment where they can hone their language skills and participate in special cultural events.

The Goodspeed Lectureship enables the Religion Department—often in conjunction with other departments and programs—to bring to Denison scholars related to Religious Studies, to deliver an all-campus lecture.

Religion
REL-308
This seminar will examine in depth either a text or group of texts or a theme that is important in the New Testament....
Religion
REL-217
A study of new religious movements, cults, and sects in modern America, this course will investigate the sociological and religious dimensions of s...
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-425
Study and discussion in depth of a selected topic, writer or work from Latin America literature....
Spanish
SPAN-430
Students will study and discuss in depth a selected topic, artist or creative work in the culture of Peninsular Spain....

Students may study in a pre-approved summer program that is at least six weeks long and 45 hours minimum. One course will transfer towards a major/minor from summer study.