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 course continues building upon the linguistic foundations started in Arabic 111 and 112....
Arabic
ARAB-362

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.

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-221
This course is a study of the mythology of classical antiquity, with an emphasis on its representations in literature and art, and its relationship...

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-220
A survey of fiction from the first half of the 20th century, with attention to such authors as Conrad, Faulkner, Forster, Hemingway, Hurston, Joyce...
English
ENGL-291
A study of humanity's relationship with and shifting conceptions of the nonhuman world....
B.A.
French
FREN-215
Students will read extensively from Francophone literary works and works of general culture while reviewing French grammar in detail....
French
FREN-111
A comprehensive introductory course in French through 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-321
A study of the works of Novalis, Tieck, Brentano, Gunderrode, Eichendorff, Hoffmann, and Heine....
German
GERM-312
A close study of works by Mann, Kafka, Hesse, Boll, Grass and others....
B.A.
Greek
GRK-361
Prerequisite: GRK 211 or consent of instructor....

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-336
This seminar will examine the struggle for African-American equality from the 1930's to 1970....
History
HIST-271
This course grapples with a basic but fundamental question that has been at the heart of much scholarship on Africa: how is southern Africa's ...
Concentration Only
Japanese
JAPN-361
Japanese
JAPN-211
Comprehensive grammar will be the core of the course, along with further development of reading ability and more extensive oral practice....

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-211
Readings from ancient and medieval Latin....
Latin
LAT-301
Selections from the orations and rhetorical treatises of Cicero. Consideration is given to the influence of rhetoric in politics and education....
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-451
PHIL-243
An examination of the basic Confucian texts of the East Asian cultural tradition that define the distinctive traits of what makes us human, and wha...
Concentration Only
Portuguese
PORT-361
Portuguese
PORT-111
An introductory course to the Portuguese language, and to Portuguese and Brazilian cultures....

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-399
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Religion
REL-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-451
Spanish
SPAN-362

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.