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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.

Concentration Only
Arabic
ARAB-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Arabic
ARAB-300
This course will further develop students' linguistic skills in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)....

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-312
This course further develops students' basic skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in mandarin Chinese....
Chinese
CHIN-312
This course further develops students' basic skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in mandarin Chinese....
Classics
CLAS-451
Classics
CLAS-362

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-454
This year-long project is required for a concentration in creative writing....
English
ENGL-298
An exploration of the ways in which literature and locale inform each other, this course focuses on a specific site or community....
B.A.
French
FREN-305
Approaches to comprehension and appreciation of literary texts through analysis and writing....
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-451
German
GERM-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
B.A.
Greek
GRK-364
Prerequisite: GRK 211 or consent of instructor....
Greek
GRK-364
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-313
An examination of the causes and conduct of The Great War....
History
HIST-206
The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in Western Europe were a period when traditional ideas and new ways of thinking about the world clashed wi...
Concentration Only
Japanese
JAPN-312
The two Advanced Japanese courses introduce students to a number of complex, essential grammatical structures, notably sentence modifiers (relative...
Japanese
JAPN-212
Prerequisite: 211 or consent....

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-211
Readings from ancient and medieval 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.

Philosophy
PHIL-326
This course will focus on contemporary work in political philosophy concerned with justice, including the work of philosophers such as Rawls, Dwork...
Concentration Only
Portuguese
PORT-111
An introductory course to the Portuguese language, and to Portuguese and Brazilian cultures....

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-213
A study in the development of Christian teachings to the early Middle Ages....
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-213
Students will enhance their proficiency in oral and written Spanish, in order to solidify a low-intermediate ACTFL level....
Spanish
SPAN-215
Students will develop their writing skills through an intensive review of Spanish grammar....

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.