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-212
This course continues building upon the linguistic foundations started in ARAB-211....
Arabic
ARAB-311
This is an advanced Arabic course that requires the completion of Intermediate Arabic II (ARAB 212) as its prerequisite....

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-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...
Chinese
CHIN-212
Further development of fluency in conversation and in reading....
Classics
CLAS-212
In this course students will study the literature of ancient Rome, analyzing texts not only for their importance to the development of Latin litera...
Classics
CLAS-311
This course explores how power and status worked in the family, in politics, in labor practices, and in religious institutions during classical ant...

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-237
An introductory course in the writing of fiction and poetry....
English
ENGL-291
A study of humanity's relationship with and shifting conceptions of the nonhuman world....
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-211
A completion of an overview of the structure of French. Emphasis placed on developing skills in speaking, writing, listening, and reading....

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-304
German culture in its historic context of the 19th century to 1933....
German
GERM-213
Intensive practice in all modalities to improve intermediate leve skills....
B.A.
History
HIST-270
Intensive study of selected periods or topics in African History at the intermediate level. May be taken more than once....
History
HIST-225
This course will examine the history of African-Americans in the United States from 1619 to the present with an emphasis on the processes by which ...
History
HIST-225
This course will examine the history of African-Americans in the United States from 1619 to the present with an emphasis on the processes by which ...
Concentration Only
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...
Japanese
JAPN-312
The two Advanced Japanese courses introduce students to a number of complex, essential grammatical structures, notably sentence modifiers (relative...

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-305
Metaphysics is often regarded as the foundation of philosophy....
Philosophy
PHIL-298
This course will involve a study and discussion of the basic concepts of Existentialism as they have developed primarily in the 19th and 20th Centu...
Concentration Only
Portuguese
PORT-245
Topics in Portuguese (Portuguese-245)....
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-331
This is a course in the analysis and critique of individualism....
Religion
REL-227
What is women's spiritual activism in our contemporary society?...
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-211
Students further their knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world while developing a functional comprehension and use of spoken and written Spanish at...
Spanish
SPAN-230
Students are introduced to important cultural characteristics and productions from both Latin America and 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.