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-111
This is an introductory course to Arabic language and culture....
Arabic
ARAB-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....

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-111
A comprehensive introductory course in modern standard Chinese through the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing....
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-362
Classics
CLAS-451

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-365
A study of selected works of poetry, prose and drama from 1500-1660....
English
ENGL-311
An intensive study of selected issues, historical periods, theory and theorists, research, or pedagogy in composition and rhetoric....
B.A.
French
FREN-452
French
FREN-361

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-362
German
GERM-211
The course is designed to improve comprehension of spoken and written German and to advance conversational skills. Grammar will also be reviewed....
B.A.
Greek
GRK-331
Study of a major dialogue. The focus will be on the philosophical argument of the text, with additional consideration of Plato as literary artist....
Greek
GRK-112
Advanced study of ancient Greek grammar and language....

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-182
A survey course on Latin America from Independence to the present focused on attempts to construct politics based on nation states and the evolutio...
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-239
Genre fiction (sometimes called "commercial fiction") around the world has been broadly categorized as less-refined, or less literary....
Japanese
JAPN-451

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-302
Selected works of the comic playwrights Plautus and Terence....
Latin
LAT-211
Readings from ancient and medieval Latin....
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-126
This course is about justice, power, and freedom, as ideals and as realities, and about whether objective or rational justifications of political a...
Philosophy
PHIL-101
This course aims to introduce the student to the nature and concerns of philosophy by confronting fundamental issues in areas of philosophy such as...
Concentration Only
Portuguese
PORT-361
Portuguese
PORT-361

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-228
This course examines the cultural continuities between African traditional religions and Black religion in the United States....
Religion
REL-102
This course primarily focuses on religious ethics in our contemporary society....
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-415
Language is an extremely complex natural phenomenon that has inspired countless artists, philosophers, scientists, pundits, and comedians over the ...
Spanish
SPAN-452

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.