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-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....

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-206
Through close analysis of some of the most important recurrent themes, this course will examine how the Chinese and Japanese literary traditions re...
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-322
This course focuses on the dramatic arts as practiced in Ancient Greece and Rome....
Classics
CLAS-201
An overview of Ancient Greek civilization from the Bronze Age to the period following the death of Alexander the Great....

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-310
An intensive study of selected writers, works, literary genres, or themes. May be taken more than once for credit....
English
ENGL-364
Offers the student an opportunity to develop within a semester a wholly individualized program of study, to be supervised by an interested professo...
B.A.
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...
French
FREN-312
Introduction to major literary and cultural movements and figures with readings from representative authors. Conducted in French....

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-362
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-310
Intensive study of selected periods or topics in Modern European History at the advanced level. May be taken more than once....
History
HIST-451
Research in selected topics of History....
Concentration Only
Japanese
JAPN-211
Comprehensive grammar will be the core of the course, along with further development of reading ability and more extensive oral practice....
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.

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-250
Does law have an intrinsic connection with the moral order, or is it whatever a legislature or judge says it is?...
Philosophy
PHIL-231
An examination of some fundamental problems in Metaphysics (what there is) and Epistemology (how we come to know), in the context of the origin and...
Concentration Only
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-101
Theology is an attempt to understand ourselves and our world in relation to transcendent reality....
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-323
Students learn about the cultures and varied history of Latino communities in the USA and use their Spanish language skills through service with lo...
Spanish
SPAN-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....

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.