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.

Concentration Only
Arabic
ARAB-111
This is an introductory course to Arabic language and culture....
Arabic
ARAB-300
This course will further develop students' linguistic skills in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)....

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-311
This course is designed for students who have completed two years of college-level Chinese and are ready to move on from the intermediate to the ad...
Chinese
CHIN-299
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
Classics
CLAS-322
This course focuses on the dramatic arts as practiced in Ancient Greece and Rome....
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-365
A study of selected works of poetry, prose and drama from 1500-1660....
English
ENGL-400
A required course for seniors that is organized around a theme or topic....
B.A.
French
FREN-418
Advanced study of special topics in language, literature or culture. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: one advanced course beyond 311-312....

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-399
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
B.A.
History
HIST-142
Beginning from an insider's view of how both prince and peasant saw the world around them before the encroachment of the West, this course ana...
History
HIST-399
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit....
History
HIST-350
Intensive study of selected periods or topics in Middle Eastern History at the advanced level. May be taken more than once....
Concentration Only
Japanese
JAPN-452

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-126
This course is about justice, power, and freedom, as ideals and as realities, and about whether objective or rational justifications of political a...
Philosophy
PHIL-360
The nature of language and meaning has been a pivotal concern of twentieth-century philosophers....
Concentration Only
Portuguese
PORT-361
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-228
This course examines the cultural continuities between African traditional religions and Black religion in the United States....
Religion
REL-319
Exploration of the interfaces between theological claims and economic policies....
B.A.
Spanish
SPAN-213
Students will enhance their proficiency in oral and written Spanish, in order to solidify a low-intermediate ACTFL level....
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.