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-311
This is an advanced Arabic course that requires the completion of Intermediate Arabic II (ARAB 212) as its prerequisite....
Arabic
ARAB-112
This sequential course builds on its pre-requisite (ARAB-111)....

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-111
A comprehensive introductory course in modern standard Chinese through the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing....
Chinese
CHIN-111
A comprehensive introductory course in modern standard Chinese through the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing....
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...
Classics
CLAS-321
This course focuses on the canon of ancient classical literature, both Greek and Roman, examining the tradition and reception of literary genres wi...

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-326
A study of Native American literature that will provoke considerations of Native American cultural and religious traditions, historical and legal s...
English
ENGL-383
An advanced workshop course in fiction writing....
B.A.
French
FREN-330
Texts in French: Themes proposes the study of texts of French expression (taken in the broad definition, including the written text, film, music) t...
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-214
Intensive review of grammar and writing skills which aims to increase oral and written accuracy. Conducted in German. Prerequisite: 211 or consent....
German
GERM-304
German culture in its historic context of the 19th century to 1933....
B.A.
History
HIST-111
A survey course on the history of Europe from the Enlightenment to the present which examines the major forces and dominant ideologies of the moder...
History
HIST-182
A survey course on Latin America from Independence to the present focused on attempts to construct politics based on nation states and the evolutio...

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-312
The two Advanced Japanese courses introduce students to a number of complex, essential grammatical structures, notably sentence modifiers (relative...
Japanese
JAPN-273
This course uses film and modern literature to consider responses to political, economic, and sociological changes in Japanese society over the cou...

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-321
We spend much of our time trying to answer such questions as: How ought we to act? What should we value? and What type of person should we be?...
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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....
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-105
A historical and thematic survey of the Buddhist tradition from the time of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, until the present....
Religion
REL-211
The Bible is a book -- or rather, a collection of books -- produced and assembled over long stretches of time, worked and re-worked by various grou...
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-322
Was Inquisition an evil machine created by the Spaniards to terrorize the world?...
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.