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-300
This course will further develop students' linguistic skills in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)....
Arabic
ARAB-112
This course builds on its prerequisite (Arabic 111). It continues to develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing....

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-112
A comprehensive introductory course in modern standard Chinese through the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing....
Chinese
CHIN-340
With the aid of modern critical theories, students will study the most representative works of Chinese cinema since the mid-1980s....
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...
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-200
An introduction to literary types, this course will emphasize close interpretive reading of poetry, fiction and drama....
English
ENGL-348
Special topics courses studying the textual forms of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland from 500 to 1500 CE....
B.A.
French
FREN-452
French
FREN-451

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-213
Intensive practice in conversational skills on the intermediate level....
German
GERM-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
B.A.
Greek
GRK-111
An introduction to the fundamental morphology and syntax of ancient Greek....
Greek
GRK-332
Reading of one book of the Gospels or The Revelation of John....

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-142
Beginning from an insider's view of how both prince and peasant saw the world around them before the encroachment of the West, this course ana...
History
HIST-321
A study of the economic, social, and political aspects of American History during the 17th and 18th centuries....
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Japanese
JAPN-112
A comprehensive introductory course in modern Japanese develops the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing....

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-332
POETRY selections from the epigrams of Martial and the Satires of Juvenal....
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-333
The course will trace the roots of Analytic Philosophy from its beginnings in the work of Bertrand Russell and G.E....
Philosophy
PHIL-306
An inquiry into the meaning, possibility, conditions, criteria, and types of truth and/or knowledge, and a discussion of representative theories of...
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Portuguese
PORT-362

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-210
This course explores some of the ways different scholars have asked and attempted to answer the basic questions, What is religion?...
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-112
Students continue learning about the Spanish-speaking world while they solidify their Spanish linguistic skills at the ACTFL novice level in the fo...
Spanish
SPAN-451

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.