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-212
This course continues building upon the linguistic foundations started in ARAB-211....

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....
Chinese
CHIN-111
A comprehensive introductory course in modern standard Chinese through the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing....
Classics
CLAS-332
This course focuses on the decline and fall of the Roman Republic and the establishment of the Roman Principate....
Classics
CLAS-322
This course focuses on the dramatic arts as practiced in Ancient Greece and Rome....

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-454
This year-long project is required for a concentration in creative writing....
English
ENGL-200
An introduction to literary types, this course will emphasize close interpretive reading of poetry, fiction and drama....
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-451

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-305
German history and culture from 1933 to present....
B.A.
History
HIST-384
This course critically examines the history of the social construction of race and ethnicity in Latin America....
History
HIST-141
The civilization of China, Japan and Korea from classical times to 1600 C.E....
History
HIST-103
A survey course on European civilization during the high and later Middle Ages, 1000-1453....
Concentration Only
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...

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-306
An inquiry into the meaning, possibility, conditions, criteria, and types of truth and/or knowledge, and a discussion of representative theories of...
Philosophy
PHIL-360
The nature of language and meaning has been a pivotal concern of twentieth-century philosophers....
Concentration Only
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-220
This course explores two on-going global debates among academics, activists and policy-makers within the concept of human rights: (1) To what exten...
Religion
REL-212
What we now have as the "New Testament" first appeared not as Christian nor even as "scripture," but as texts interpreting Isra...
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-430
Students will study and discuss in depth a selected topic, artist or creative work in the culture of Peninsular Spain....
Spanish
SPAN-399
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....

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.