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-361
Arabic
ARAB-112
This course builds on its prerequisite (Arabic 111). It continues to develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing....

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-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
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, ...
Classics
CLAS-361

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-214
A study of selected works by men and women in the 18th centuries in England....
English
ENGL-213
A study of selected works by men and women writing in the 8th through the 17th centuries....
B.A.
French
FREN-111
A comprehensive introductory course in French through the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing....

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.

B.A.
Greek
GRK-363
Prerequisite: GRK 211 or consent of instructor....
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-430
Required of senior history majors....
History
HIST-323
The United States as both a nation and a political state was forged during the two decades following the American Revolution....
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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-362

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-312
Selections from the Odes of Horace, the elegies of Propertius, and Ovid's Amores....
Latin
LAT-341
An examination of a particular genre, theme, or topic in the Latin language or literature....
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-121
This course explores the fundamental questions of ethical theory, asking how ethical judgments can be made, what justifications they may receive, w...
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-215
One of the oldest surviving religions on the planet, what we call "Hinduism" is actually a complex of loosely related religious tradition...
Religion
REL-327
"The personal is internationally political!" Whether we are aware or not, we live in the globalized world and our actions here and now af...
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-320
Students will analyze Spanish Literature from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century within its historical, sociocultural and artistic contexts....
Spanish
SPAN-415
Language is an extremely complex natural phenomenon that has inspired countless artists, philosophers, scientists, pundits, and comedians over the ...

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.