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-112
This course builds on its prerequisite (Arabic 111). It continues to develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing....
Arabic
ARAB-111
This is an introductory course to Arabic language and culture....

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-111
A comprehensive introductory course in modern standard Chinese through the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing....
Chinese
CHIN-340
With the aid of modern critical theories, students will study the most representative works of Chinese cinema since the mid-1980s....
Classics
CLAS-362
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-364
Offers the student an opportunity to develop within a semester a wholly individualized program of study, to be supervised by an interested professo...
English
ENGL-340
Intensive study of drama from 1956 to the present, with an emphasis on British and American playwrights....
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-361

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-451
German
GERM-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
B.A.
Greek
GRK-364
Prerequisite: GRK 211 or consent of instructor....
Greek
GRK-332
Reading of one book of the Gospels or The Revelation of John....

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-270
Intensive study of selected periods or topics in African History at the intermediate level. May be taken more than once....
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...
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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-451

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.

Latin
LAT-341
An examination of a particular genre, theme, or topic in the Latin language or literature....
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-231
An examination of some fundamental problems in Metaphysics (what there is) and Epistemology (how we come to know), in the context of the origin and...
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....
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-225
A critical analysis of the prospects of morality functioning within organizations and affecting their interactions with other groups....
Religion
REL-214
This course will examine the history, theology, practices, and politics of the so-called "Christian Right" in America....
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-361
Spanish
SPAN-320
Students will analyze Spanish Literature from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century within its historical, sociocultural and artistic contexts....

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.