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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-111
This is an introductory course to Arabic language and culture....
Arabic
ARAB-299
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.

Concentration Only

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-211
Development of conversational skills....
Chinese
CHIN-206
Through close analysis of some of the most important recurrent themes, this course will examine how the Chinese and Japanese literary traditions re...
Classics
CLAS-101
This is an introductory course in the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome, focusing on particular topics relating to classical culture, ...

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-454
This year-long project is required for a concentration in creative writing....
English
ENGL-200
An introduction to literary types, this course will emphasize close interpretive reading of poetry, fiction and drama....
B.A.
French
FREN-213
Training and refining of all skills, with an emphasis on pronunciation and oral communication. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: 211 or placement....
French
FREN-215
Students will read extensively from Francophone literary works and works of general culture while reviewing French grammar in detail....

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-361
German
GERM-304
German culture in its historic context of the 19th century to 1933....
B.A.
Greek
GRK-301
Selections from the speeches of Lysias and Demosthenes....
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-316
This course explores the complex relationship of ethnic and national identity in Central and Eastern Europe from World War II to the present....
History
HIST-301
A seminar that studies the crusading movement from different contemporary perspectives: crusader, eastern Christian, Muslim, and Jewish....
Concentration Only
Japanese
JAPN-362

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.

Humanities
LAT-322
The epic genre as defined by Roman poets....
Latin
LAT-341
An examination of a particular genre, theme, or topic in the Latin language or literature....
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-306
An inquiry into the meaning, possibility, conditions, criteria, and types of truth and/or knowledge, and a discussion of representative theories of...
Philosophy
PHIL-452
Concentration Only
Portuguese
PORT-112
A continuation of Portuguese 111. The course will continue developing the basic language skills with an emphasis on speaking, reading and writing....

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-229
An introductory course analyzing the historical experiences of women within Western religion and contemporary trends in feminist theological though...
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Spanish
SPAN-335
Students will analyze selected historical themes such as revolution, gender and sexual politics, Southern cone dictatorships, human rights, and mem...

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.