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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.

Concentration Only
Arabic
ARAB-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Arabic
ARAB-361

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-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...
Chinese
CHIN-340
With the aid of modern critical theories, students will study the most representative works of Chinese cinema since the mid-1980s....
Classics
CLAS-452
Classics
CLAS-201
An overview of Ancient Greek civilization from the Bronze Age to the period following the death of Alexander the Great....

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-219
A survey of 20th century poetry....
English
ENGL-298
An exploration of the ways in which literature and locale inform each other, this course focuses on a specific site or community....
B.A.
French
FREN-452
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-304
German culture in its historic context of the 19th century to 1933....
German
GERM-441
Senior German majors register for this credit with a regularly scheduled 300-level class....
B.A.
Greek
GRK-362
Prerequisite: GRK 211 or consent of instructor....
Greek
GRK-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....

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-324
The early decades of the 19th century witnessed fundamental structural changes in the economy, society, and politics of the United States....
History
HIST-320
Intensive study of selected periods or topics in Early American History at the advanced level. May be taken more than once....
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Japanese
JAPN-112
A comprehensive introductory course in modern Japanese develops the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing....
Japanese
JAPN-312
The two Advanced Japanese courses introduce students to a number of complex, essential grammatical structures, notably sentence modifiers (relative...

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-331
PROSE readings from the Satyricon of Petronius and the letters of Seneca and Pliny the Younger....
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.

PHIL-280
This course addresses fundamental questions regarding the nature of the human mind and thought....
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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-207
This course explores the relationship between artistic expression and religious experience....
Religion
REL-211
An introduction to the Hebrew Bible and to the Early Christian (New Testament) interpretation of the Hebrew Bible....
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-325
Students will analyze texts from Pre-Columbian times to the present within their historical, sociocultural and artistic contexts....
Spanish
SPAN-230
Students are introduced to important cultural characteristics and productions from both Latin America and Spain....

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.