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-211
This is an intermediate level course in Arabic....

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-212
Further development of fluency in conversation and in reading....
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-322
This course focuses on the dramatic arts as practiced in Ancient Greece and Rome....
Classics
CLAS-312
This course considers the various ways the Greeks and Romans speculated about and defined human differences, as well as exploring the ways in which...

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-355
An analysis of the interrelationship between the cultural phenomenon and the literature of the Harlem Renaissance, particularly the way in which th...
English
ENGL-340
Intensive study of drama from 1956 to the present, with an emphasis on British and American playwrights....
B.A.
French
FREN-214
The course deals with the question: "What makes the French French?" by examining several aspects of French culture, such as child rearing...
French
FREN-112
A continuation in the development of 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-214
Intensive review of grammar and writing skills which aims to increase oral and written accuracy. Conducted in German. Prerequisite: 211 or consent....
German
GERM-315
Advanced language course with emphasis on commercial practices, business culture and economic sphere of German-speaking countries....
B.A.
History
HIST-391
For many, the history of slavery is synonymous with the southern United States....
History
HIST-303
An intensive research seminar that considers both the ecclesiastical reforms and cultural and intellectual revival that marked the "long twelf...
History
HIST-103
A survey course on European civilization during the high and later Middle Ages, 1000-1453....
Concentration Only
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-111
A comprehensive introductory course in modern Japanese develops the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing....

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-232
An examination of the two fundamental philosophical traditions of the 17th and 18th centuries, Rationalism and Empiricism, and of Kant's attem...
Concentration Only
Portuguese
PORT-245
Topics in Portuguese (Portuguese-245)....
Portuguese
PORT-245
Topics in Portuguese (Portuguese-245)....

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-217
A study of new religious movements, cults, and sects in modern America, this course will investigate the sociological and religious dimensions of s...
Religion
REL-217
A study of new religious movements, cults, and sects in modern America, this course will investigate the sociological and religious dimensions of s...
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-330
Students will analyze how the different people of Spain conceive of and represent themselves, their attitudes, values and beliefs....
Spanish
SPAN-211
Students further their knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world while developing a functional comprehension and use of spoken and written Spanish at...

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.