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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-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Arabic
ARAB-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....

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-112
A comprehensive introductory course in modern standard Chinese through the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing....
Chinese
CHIN-311
This course is designed for students who have completed two years of college-level Chinese and are ready to move on from the intermediate to the ad...
Classics
CLAS-202
A survey of Roman civilization from both an historical and cultural perspective....
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-348
Special topics courses studying the textual forms of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland from 500 to 1500 CE....
English
ENGL-200
An introduction to literary types, this course will emphasize close interpretive reading of poetry, fiction and drama....
B.A.
French
FREN-215
Students will read extensively from Francophone literary works and works of general culture while reviewing French grammar in detail....
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-305
German history and culture from 1933 to present....
German
GERM-302
A seminar with an emphasis on culture and literature focusing on a specific theme or topic....
B.A.
Greek
GRK-301
Selections from the speeches of Lysias and Demosthenes....
Greek
GRK-341
An examination of a particular genre, theme, or topic in the language and literature of ancient Greek....

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-240
Intensive study of selected periods or topics in East Asian History at the intermediate level. May be taken more than once....
History
HIST-381
Intensive study of selected periods or topics in American History. May be taken more than once for credit....
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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-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.

Humanities
LAT-331
PROSE readings from the Satyricon of Petronius and the letters of Seneca and Pliny the Younger....
Latin
LAT-112
An introduction to advanced grammar and the idiomatic language of 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-250
Does law have an intrinsic connection with the moral order, or is it whatever a legislature or judge says it is?...
PHIL-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit. Courses with this number do not count towards the major or minor in Philosophy....
Concentration Only
Portuguese
PORT-362

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-211
An introduction to the Hebrew Bible and to the Early Christian (New Testament) interpretation of the Hebrew Bible....
Religion
REL-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-415
Language is an extremely complex natural phenomenon that has inspired countless artists, philosophers, scientists, pundits, and comedians over the ...
Spanish
SPAN-220
What is literature? What is it good for? How is Hispanic literature different from literature written in English?...

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.