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-112
This sequential course builds on its pre-requisite (ARAB-111)....

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-212
Further development of fluency in conversation and in reading....
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-322
This course focuses on the dramatic arts as practiced in Ancient Greece and Rome....
Classics
CLAS-311
This course explores how power and status worked in the family, in politics, in labor practices, and in religious institutions during classical ant...

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-368
Selected topics in the literature of 19th- century America....
English
ENGL-210
An intensive study of selected writers, works, literary genres, or themes. May be taken more than once for credit....
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-311
The goal of the course is to train the students in the techniques of reading, analyzing and responding to literary and non-literary texts such as, ...
B.A.
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-226
The purpose of this course is to compel students to think critically about the role of the United States in the world....

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.

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Japanese
JAPN-273
This course uses film and modern literature to consider responses to political, economic, and sociological changes in Japanese society over the cou...
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...

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-298
This course will involve a study and discussion of the basic concepts of Existentialism as they have developed primarily in the 19th and 20th Centu...
Philosophy
PHIL-334
This course traces the development of Continental Philosophy from 1900 to the present, including the phenomenological movement of Husserl, Heidegge...
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-228
This course examines the cultural continuities between African traditional religions and Black religion in the United States....
Religion
REL-218
A historical and thematic survey of the beliefs and practices of the Muslim tradition from the time of the Prophet Muhammad to the present....
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-220
What is literature? What is it good for? How is Hispanic literature different from literature written in English?...
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.