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-315
This course is an introduction to the culture of the Arab world. It aims at giving a comprehensive picture about Arabs and their culture....
Arabic
ARAB-311
This is an advanced Arabic course that requires the completion of Intermediate Arabic II (ARAB 212) as its prerequisite....

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-340
With the aid of modern critical theories, students will study the most representative works of Chinese cinema since the mid-1980s....
Chinese
CHIN-305
This course examines a special group of Chinese texts that will not only enlighten, but also delight modern readers: ancient Taoist texts written i...
Classics
CLAS-212
In this course students will study the literature of ancient Rome, analyzing texts not only for their importance to the development of Latin litera...
Classics
CLAS-331
This course focuses on the study of the historical record of the life and times of Alexander the Great, examining primary and secondary sources, an...

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-365
A study of selected works of poetry, prose and drama from 1500-1660....
B.A.
French
FREN-211
A completion of an overview of the structure of French. Emphasis placed on developing skills in speaking, writing, listening, and reading....
French
FREN-215
Students will read extensively from Francophone literary works and works of general culture while reviewing French grammar in detail....

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-112
A comprehensive introductory course in German develops the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing....
German
GERM-305
German history and culture from 1933 to present....
B.A.
History
HIST-191
The processes initiated by Christopher Columbus's voyage in 1492 brought four continents and three "races" into interaction where th...
History
HIST-321
A study of the economic, social, and political aspects of American History during the 17th and 18th centuries....
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...
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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-112
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-269
This course addresses issues in philosophical aesthetics both in relationship to the arts as well as to other domains of human life (e.g., nature, ...
Philosophy
PHIL-250
Does law have an intrinsic connection with the moral order, or is it whatever a legislature or judge says it is?...
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Portuguese
PORT-245
Topics in Portuguese (Portuguese-245)....
Portuguese
PORT-112
A continuation of Portuguese 111. The course will continue developing the basic language skills with an emphasis on speaking, reading and writing....

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-227
What is women's spiritual activism in our contemporary society?...
Religion
REL-319
Exploration of the interfaces between theological claims and economic policies....
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-112
Students continue learning about the Spanish-speaking world while they solidify their Spanish linguistic skills at the ACTFL novice level in the fo...

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.