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-361
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.

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-111
A comprehensive introductory course in modern standard Chinese through the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing....
Chinese
CHIN-112
A comprehensive introductory course in modern standard Chinese through the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing....
Classics
CLAS-202
A survey of Roman civilization from both an historical and cultural perspective....

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-201
Theory and practice in essay and other academic writing, allowing students to concentrate on mastering styles appropriate to their own academic or ...
English
ENGL-454
This year-long project is required for a concentration in creative writing....
B.A.
French
FREN-361
French
FREN-331
In this course, students will discuss and analyze texts of French expression (taken in the broad definition, including the written text, film, musi...

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-112
A comprehensive introductory course in German develops the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing....
German
GERM-112
A comprehensive introductory course in German develops the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing....
B.A.
Greek
GRK-302
Selected plays of Aristophanes and Menander....
Greek
GRK-362
Prerequisite: GRK 211 or consent of instructor....

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-303
An intensive research seminar that considers both the ecclesiastical reforms and cultural and intellectual revival that marked the "long twelf...
History
HIST-324
The early decades of the 19th century witnessed fundamental structural changes in the economy, society, and politics of the United States....
Concentration Only
Japanese
JAPN-311
The two Advanced Japanese courses introduce students to a number of complex, essential grammatical structures, notably sentence modifiers (relative...
Japanese
JAPN-309
In this course we will read extensively from the works of the four twentieth-century Japanese authors who have been elevated to the status of canon...

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.

Latin
LAT-111
An introduction to the fundamental morphology and syntax of Latin....
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-121
This course explores the fundamental questions of ethical theory, asking how ethical judgments can be made, what justifications they may receive, w...
PHIL-392
(Not offered 2013-2014)...
Concentration Only
Portuguese
PORT-111
An introductory course to the Portuguese language, and to Portuguese and Brazilian cultures....
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-217
A study of new religious movements, cults, and sects in modern America, this course will investigate the sociological and religious dimensions of s...
Religion
REL-309
This seminar will concentrate on either a text or a group of texts or a theme that is important in the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament)....
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-322
Was Inquisition an evil machine created by the Spaniards to terrorize the world?...
Spanish
SPAN-213
Students will enhance their proficiency in oral and written Spanish, in order to solidify a low-intermediate ACTFL level....

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.