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-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....

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-201
An overview of Ancient Greek civilization from the Bronze Age to the period following the death of Alexander the Great....
Classics
CLAS-332
This course focuses on the decline and fall of the Roman Republic and the establishment of the Roman Principate....

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-342
This class studies the movements and traditions within contemporary novels, focusing on such writers as Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, Zadie Smith, an...
English
ENGL-237
An introductory course in the writing of fiction and poetry....
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-214
The course deals with the question: "What makes the French French?" by examining several aspects of French culture, such as child rearing...

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-112
A comprehensive introductory course in German develops the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing....
B.A.
History
HIST-291
Intensive study of selected periods or topics in Comparative History at the intermediate level. May be taken more than once....
History
HIST-322
A comprehensive study of the political philosophy, constitutional development, revolutionary excitement and military events of the American Revolut...
History
HIST-325
An exploration of the causes and consequences of the Civil War....
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-311
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.

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-326
This course focuses on contemporary work in political philosophy concerned with justice, including that of philosophers such as Rawls, Dworkin, Noz...
Philosophy
PHIL-326
This course focuses on contemporary work in political philosophy concerned with justice, including that of philosophers such as Rawls, Dworkin, Noz...
Concentration Only
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-327
"The personal is internationally political!" Whether we are aware or not, we live in the globalized world and our actions here and now af...
Religion
REL-214
This course will examine the history, theology, practices, and politics of the so-called "Christian Right" in America....
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-323
Students learn about the cultures and varied history of Latino communities in the USA and use their Spanish language skills through service with lo...
Spanish
SPAN-325
Students will analyze texts from Pre-Columbian times to the present within their historical, sociocultural and artistic contexts....

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.