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-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-211
Development of conversational skills....
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...
Classics
CLAS-301
This is a seminar course on a particular historical, social or cultural topic related to classical antiquity....
Classics
CLAS-321
This course focuses on the canon of ancient classical literature, both Greek and Roman, examining the tradition and reception of literary genres wi...

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-367
Selected topics in the literature of 19th- century England....
English
ENGL-369
Selected topics in the writings of colonial and early national America....
B.A.
French
FREN-111
A comprehensive introductory course in French through the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing....
French
FREN-330
Texts in French: Themes proposes the study of texts of French expression (taken in the broad definition, including the written text, film, music) t...

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-305
German history and culture from 1933 to present....
German
GERM-315
Advanced language course with emphasis on commercial practices, business culture and economic sphere of German-speaking countries....
B.A.
History
HIST-121
A survey of the American past from the Revolution through the Civil War....
History
HIST-206
The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in Western Europe were a period when traditional ideas and new ways of thinking about the world clashed wi...
History
HIST-337
This course explores the history of the ideology of Black Power and its various dimensions and incarnations from its origins in the early 20th cent...
Concentration Only
Japanese
JAPN-239
Genre fiction (sometimes called "commercial fiction") around the world has been broadly categorized as less-refined, or less literary....
Japanese
JAPN-235
This course is designed to provide an introduction to modern Chinese and Japanese fiction for the student who has little or no background in the la...

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-260
This course investigates the question of our ethical relations and responsibility to objects and systems in the natural world, including animals, o...
Concentration Only
Portuguese
PORT-211
A course focused on the development of oral and wirting skills....
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-205
An investigation of the religious value of nature in Christianity and Buddhism, particularly in America and Japan....
Religion
REL-230
Writing and re-writing the story of the creation of the world was a common ancient practice, especially as people experienced new or increasingly d...
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-211
Students further their knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world while developing a functional comprehension and use of spoken and written Spanish at...

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.