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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-362
Arabic
ARAB-299
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.

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.

Chinese
CHIN-312
This course further develops students' basic skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in mandarin Chinese....
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-440
This is a required course for senior majors in Classics, ancient Greek or Latin....

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-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
English
ENGL-291
A study of humanity's relationship with and shifting conceptions of the nonhuman world....
B.A.
French
FREN-331
In this course, students will discuss and analyze texts of French expression (taken in the broad definition, including the written text, film, musi...

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-312
A close study of works by Mann, Kafka, Hesse, Boll, Grass and others....
B.A.
Greek
GRK-199
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Greek
GRK-312
Readings from the body of extant Greek elegy and lyric. Emphasis is on the context of oral performance of early Greek poetry....

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-224
This course will cover selected topics in Southern history from the establishment of the Southern colonies in the 17th century to the civil rights ...
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-211
Comprehensive grammar will be the core of the course, along with further development of reading ability and more extensive oral practice....
Japanese
JAPN-212
Prerequisite: 211 or consent....

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-331
PROSE readings from the Satyricon of Petronius and the letters of Seneca and Pliny the Younger....
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-293
(Not offered 2014-2015)...
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-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-228
This course examines the cultural continuities between African traditional religions and Black religion in the United States....
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-325
Students will analyze texts from Pre-Columbian times to the present within their historical, sociocultural and artistic contexts....
Spanish
SPAN-425
Study and discussion in depth of a selected topic, writer or work from Latin America literature....

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.