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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-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Arabic
ARAB-212
This course builds on the linguistic foundations started in Arabic 211....

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-212
Further development of fluency in conversation and in reading....
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-343
This class studies the schools, movements, traditions and innovations within contemporary poetry, focusing on selected works of such writers as Ann...
English
ENGL-215
A study of principal plays, emphasizing the poetic and dramatic aspects of Shakespeare's work, as viewed through a variety of critical perspec...
B.A.
French
FREN-311
Introduction to major literary and cultural movements and figures with readings from representative authors. Conducted in French....
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-441
Senior German majors register for this credit with a regularly scheduled 300-level class....
German
GERM-451
B.A.
Greek
GRK-361
Prerequisite: GRK 211 or consent of instructor....
Greek
GRK-331
Study of a major dialogue. The focus will be on the philosophical argument of the text, with additional consideration of Plato as literary artist....

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-271
This course grapples with a basic but fundamental question that has been at the heart of much scholarship on Africa: how is southern Africa's ...
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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-235
This course is designed to provide an introduction to modern Chinese and Japanese fiction for the student who has little or no background in the la...

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-111
An introduction to the fundamental morphology and syntax of Latin....
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.

Humanities
PHIL-295
This course provides a venue in the curriculum for topical seminars dealing with major issues in social and political theory....
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...
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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....

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-212
This course introduces the main areas of New Testament studies: the history, culture, and religious background of the New Testament community and t...
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-215
Students will develop their writing skills through an intensive review of Spanish grammar....
Spanish
SPAN-199
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.