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-212
This course continues building upon the linguistic foundations started in ARAB-211....
Arabic
ARAB-111
This is an introductory course to Arabic language and 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-206
Through close analysis of some of the most important recurrent themes, this course will examine how the Chinese and Japanese literary traditions re...
Classics
CLAS-311
This course explores how power and status worked in the family, in politics, in labor practices, and in religious institutions during classical ant...
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...

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-355
An analysis of the interrelationship between the cultural phenomenon and the literature of the Harlem Renaissance, particularly the way in which th...
B.A.
French
FREN-112
A continuation in the development of the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing....
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...

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-312
A close study of works by Mann, Kafka, Hesse, Boll, Grass and others....
German
GERM-111
A comprehensive introductory course in German develops the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing....
B.A.
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-291
Intensive study of selected periods or topics in Comparative History at the intermediate level. May be taken more than once....
History
HIST-337
This course explores the history of the ideology of Black Power and its various dimensions and incarnations from its origins in the early 20th cent...
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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....
Japanese
JAPN-312
The two Advanced Japanese courses introduce students to a number of complex, essential grammatical structures, notably sentence modifiers (relative...

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-232
An examination of the two fundamental philosophical traditions of the 17th and 18th centuries, Rationalism and Empiricism, and of Kant's attem...
Philosophy
PHIL-101
This course aims to introduce the student to the nature and concerns of philosophy by confronting fundamental issues in areas of philosophy such as...
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Portuguese
PORT-111
An introductory course to the Portuguese language, and to Portuguese and Brazilian cultures....
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-202
The course is an inquiry into the nature of Judaism....
Religion
REL-331
This is a course in the analysis and critique of individualism....
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-314
This course introduces students to the existing world of translation....
Spanish
SPAN-215
Students develop their writing and analytical skills through an intensive writers' workshop, which includes linguistic, literary, and cultural...

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.