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-211
This is an intermediate level course in Arabic....
Arabic
ARAB-111
This is an introductory course to Arabic language and culture....

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-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Classics
CLAS-451
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...

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-298
An exploration of the ways in which literature and locale inform each other, this course focuses on a specific site or community....
English
ENGL-250
The survey will explore 20th century literature in a range of genres and in relation to the historical and cultural movements of the century....
B.A.
French
FREN-305
Approaches to comprehension and appreciation of literary texts through analysis and writing....
French
FREN-213
Training and refining of all skills, with an emphasis on pronunciation and oral communication. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: 211 or placement....

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-305
German history and culture from 1933 to present....
German
GERM-451
B.A.
History
HIST-323
The United States as both a nation and a political state was forged during the two decades following the American Revolution....

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-111
A comprehensive introductory course in modern Japanese develops the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing....
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-269
This course addresses issues in philosophical aesthetics both in relationship to the arts as well as to other domains of human life (e.g., nature, ...
Philosophy
PHIL-295
This course provides a venue in the curriculum for topical seminars dealing with major issues in social and political theory....
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Portuguese
PORT-211
A course focused on the development of oral and wirting skills....
Portuguese
PORT-111
An introductory course to the Portuguese language, and to Portuguese and Brazilian cultures....

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-205
An investigation of the religious value of nature in Christianity and Buddhism, particularly in America and Japan....
Religion
REL-105
A historical and thematic survey of the Buddhist tradition from the time of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, until the present....
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-452
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, ...

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.