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-315
This course is an introduction to the culture of the Arab world. It aims at giving a comprehensive picture about Arabs and their culture....
Arabic
ARAB-112
This sequential course builds on its pre-requisite (ARAB-111)....

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-212
Further development of fluency in conversation and in reading....
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-312
This course considers the various ways the Greeks and Romans speculated about and defined human differences, as well as exploring the ways in which...
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-326
A study of Native American literature that will provoke considerations of Native American cultural and religious traditions, historical and legal s...
English
ENGL-240
A survey of 20th century drama, with emphasis on British and American Playwrights, and an eye to female and minority dramatists disenfranchised fro...
B.A.
French
FREN-111
A comprehensive introductory course in French through the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing....
French
FREN-305
Approaches to comprehension and appreciation of literary texts through analysis and writing....

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-111
A comprehensive introductory course in German develops the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing....
German
GERM-322
An introduction to German, Swiss, and Austrian of the 19th and 20th century covering literary periods and drama theory with authors including, but ...
B.A.
History
HIST-191
The processes initiated by Christopher Columbus's voyage in 1492 brought four continents and three "races" into interaction where th...
History
HIST-141
The civilization of China, Japan and Korea from classical times to 1600 C.E....

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.

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Japanese
JAPN-235
This course is designed to provide an introduction to modern Chinese and Japanese fiction for the student who has little or no background in the la...
Japanese
JAPN-235
This course is designed to provide an introduction to modern Chinese and Japanese fiction for the student who has little or no background in the la...

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.

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-275
Feminism can radically challenge traditional ways of doing philosophy....
Philosophy
PHIL-333
The course will trace the roots of Analytic Philosophy from its beginnings in the work of Bertrand Russell and G.E....
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Portuguese
PORT-211
A course focused on the development of oral and wirting skills....
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-108
This course introduces students to the many conflicted attitudes and images around men, women, and sexuality found in the Bible, from the very diff...
Religion
REL-215
One of the oldest surviving religions on the planet, what we call "Hinduism" is actually a complex of loosely related religious tradition...
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-315
Students will conduct an in-depth analysis of the Spanish grammatical system, which includes core areas of linguistics such as morphology, syntax, ...
Spanish
SPAN-320
Students will analyze Spanish Literature from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century within its historical, sociocultural and artistic contexts....

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.