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-211
This is an intermediate level course in Arabic....
Arabic
ARAB-112
This sequential course builds on its pre-requisite (ARAB-111)....

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-361
Readings in Chinese texts....
Chinese
CHIN-111
A comprehensive introductory course in modern standard Chinese through the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing....

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-346
A study of the development of the English language and its dynamic presence in the world today....
English
ENGL-340
Intensive study of drama from 1956 to the present, with an emphasis on British and American playwrights....
B.A.
French
FREN-452
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.

German
GERM-315
Advanced language course with emphasis on commercial practices, business culture and economic sphere of German-speaking countries....
German
GERM-361
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-141
The civilization of China, Japan and Korea from classical times to 1600 C.E....
History
HIST-340
Intensive study of selected periods or topics in East Asian History at the advanced level. May be taken more than once....
Concentration Only
Japanese
JAPN-211
Comprehensive grammar will be the core of the course, along with further development of reading ability and more extensive oral practice....
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.

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-280
This course addresses fundamental questions regarding the nature of the human mind and thought....
Philosophy
PHIL-361
Concentration Only
Portuguese
PORT-111
An introductory course to the Portuguese language, and to Portuguese and Brazilian cultures....
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-202
The course is an inquiry into the nature of Judaism....
Religion
REL-228
This course examines the cultural continuities between African traditional religions and Black religion in the United States....
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-315
Students will conduct an in-depth analysis of the Spanish grammatical system, which includes core areas of linguistics such as morphology, syntax, ...
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.