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-340
With the aid of modern critical theories, students will study the most representative works of Chinese cinema since the mid-1980s....
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-311
This course explores how power and status worked in the family, in politics, in labor practices, and in religious institutions during classical ant...
Classics
CLAS-202
A survey of Roman civilization from both an historical and cultural perspective....

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-219
A survey of 20th century poetry....
English
ENGL-365
A study of selected works of poetry, prose and drama from 1500-1660....
B.A.
French
FREN-213
Training and refining of all skills, with an emphasis on pronunciation and oral communication. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: 211 or placement....
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-112
A comprehensive introductory course in German develops the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing....
German
GERM-111
A comprehensive introductory course in German develops the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing....
B.A.
History
HIST-151
A survey of the history of the Islamic World from the rise of Islam to the 1800's....
History
HIST-172
This course examines myths about Africa, the history of colonialism on the continent in the 19th and 20th centuries, the rise of primary resistance...

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-239
Genre fiction (sometimes called "commercial fiction") around the world has been broadly categorized as less-refined, or less literary....

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-232
An examination of the two fundamental philosophical traditions of the 17th and 18th centuries, Rationalism and Empiricism, and of Kant's attem...
Philosophy
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...
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Portuguese
PORT-245
Topics in Portuguese (Portuguese-245)....
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-214
This course will examine the history, theology, practices, and politics of the so-called "Christian Right" in America....
Religion
REL-308
This seminar will examine in depth either a text or group of texts or a theme that is important in the New Testament....
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-111
Students learn about the Spanish-speaking world while they start developing their Spanish linguistic skills in four basic areas (listening, speakin...
Spanish
SPAN-213
Students will enhance their proficiency in oral and written Spanish, in order to solidify a low-intermediate ACTFL level....

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.