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-212
This course continues building upon the linguistic foundations started in ARAB-211....
Arabic
ARAB-112
This sequential course builds on its pre-requisite (ARAB-111)....

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-212
Further development of fluency in conversation and in reading....
Chinese
CHIN-211
Development of conversational skills....
Classics
CLAS-211
This course is an introduction to Ancient Greek literature from the Homeric world to the Hellenistic era....
Classics
CLAS-211
This course is an introduction to Ancient Greek literature from the Homeric world to the Hellenistic era....

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-302
A study of major literary and cultural theories important to literary studies today....
English
ENGL-255
A study of the literature of various ethnic, racial and regional groups of the United States....
B.A.
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...
French
FREN-330
Texts in French: Themes proposes the study of texts of French expression (taken in the broad definition, including the written text, film, music) t...

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-111
A comprehensive introductory course in German develops the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing....
B.A.
History
HIST-182
A survey course on Latin America from Independence to the present focused on attempts to construct politics based on nation states and the evolutio...
History
HIST-200
Intensive study of selected periods or topics in Ancient, Medieval, or Early Modern History at the intermediate level. May be taken more than once....
History
HIST-200
Intensive study of selected periods or topics in Ancient, Medieval, or Early Modern History at the intermediate level. May be taken more than once....
Concentration Only
Japanese
JAPN-311
The two Advanced Japanese courses introduce students to a number of complex, essential grammatical structures, notably sentence modifiers (relative...
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-330
This course examines some of the most important developments in European philosophy during the nineteenth century....
Philosophy
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-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-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-216
This course explores the basic teachings and historical development of the most influential religious traditions and schools of thought in East Asi...
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...
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-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.