The Program serves two overlapping groups of students, those students who are seeking courses to satisfy their general education requirements in Group 1, Arts and Letters, and also those students who are looking for the option to develop an individualized set of courses for a major with a humanistic orientation.
Regarding courses: At the introductory level and suitable especially for first and second year students, are the introductory surveys of culture and literature: More specialized courses at various levels include ancient science and culture, food and culture, and the city. Students also have an opportunity to develop a coherent program of study through our constellations of courses.
Structured in a chronological framework, specifically HUM 101, the ancient world; HUM 102 the Medieval and Renaissance Period, and HUM 103 the modern world. These courses are offered in the fall, winter and spring terms respectively.
Upper division courses that are introductory in character but more with a more limited chronological span are offered as:
The HUM 300 courses are a set of upper division variations on this subject. They are offered two or three times each academic year and focus on topics such as “Venice, Dresden and European Culture” or “Music, Art and Culture in the Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Period” or “Theater and Culture.”
The program also offers more specialized courses that also meet Group 1, Arts and Letters, requirements. Such courses are taught once per year.
Focuses on the rituals of food consumption.
Examines the urban experience in reference to law, culture, and systems of belief. Covering the Golden Ages of Classical Athens, Renaissance Florence, 20th Century Berlin.
Surveys the cultural, social, political, and economic diversity of historical and contemporary Africa. Emphasizes sub-Saharan Africa.
Covering culture and civic life in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Explores the subject, practice, and social place of science in the ancient world. This course is also taught as PHYS 361 or as HIST 361.
Each term the program also recommends a number of courses of interest to its majors and to other students looking for courses that will satisfy the Group 1, Arts and Letters, requirement for general education.
The curriculum of the Humanities Program provides opportunities for the student seeking intellectual coherence and integration, awareness of cultural contexts and traditions, and the connection of humanistic theory to practice. The program is pluralistic and multicultural in its vision and interdisciplinary in its approach. It is designed to provide essential skills and understanding for intelligent action and preparation for a wide range of careers.
317 McKenzie Hall
Humanities Program office:
837 Prince Lucien Campbell Hall
Ina Asim, History
Christopher Eckerman, Classics
Mary Jaeger, Classics
James C. Mohr, History
George Sheridan, History