Humanities

In addition to departmental majors, the Division offers a joint major in the Humanities and Fine Arts, which the student should declare by the end of the sophomore year. The Division Chair will appoint a committee to supervise the Humanities major, taking into consideration the student’s suggestions for membership. In the first semester of his junior year, the student must submit to his committee a written proposal for a project in the Humanities and Fine Arts, which will be completed, along with his course of study, by the end of the first semester of the senior year.

A student interested in the Humanities major should consult with the Division II Chair no later than his sophomore year. The Division II Chair will appoint the student’s committee taking into consideration his suggestions for membership and the nature of the anticipated project.

Each student doing a Humanities major will work with a committee appointed by the Division II Chair. This committee will be responsible for the work the student offers for the comprehensive examination and will be the committee responsible for evaluating the project. In every case, the committee will be looking for a creative approach to a subject matter of the student’s own choice.

Requirements for the Major

  1. A written proposal for the student’s project accepted by his committee by the end of the first semester of the junior year.
  2. Completion of a course of study across a number of the departments of the College which is accepted as a meaningful combination by the committee.
  3. Completion of comprehensive examinations devised and read by the same committee.
  4. Completion of the project by the end of the first semester of the senior year. As an indication of the scope of this piece of work, it will be given two course credits in this semester. The grade will reflect the committee’s judgment of the value of the project.

The project might be any one of a wide range of possibilities. For many students, the most obvious project would be a theses of some scope ranging over the fields of his interest. A student who wrote a play on a historical topic might defend his treatment of the period or character, He might then go on to produce the play and show how this aspect of the work furthers his arts. A student interested in the philosophy of language might pursue this study through the structure of a language and its literature. The literature reflection. He might wish to study the social and intellectual context of an author’s work.

Humanities (HUM)

HUM-121 Language Variation and Change

This continuation of ENG 122 (HUM 122) will deal with the social phenomena of language, including language acquisition, social and regional variation, and language change over time.
Prerequisites: ENG-122 or HUM-122 or MLL-122
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Language Studies
Equated Courses: ENG-121

HUM-122 Modern Linguistics

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of linguistics, the theory and analysis of human language. The first half of the course will focus on structural aspects of language: speech sounds and sound systems, and the formation of words and sentences.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Language Studies
Equated Courses: ENG-122

HUM-176 Spec Topics: Foreign Lang

Topics vary from year to year.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1

HUM-196 Religion & Lit

This course is an examination of literary works dealing with religious themes. Authors covered will vary from year to year but will typically include some of the following: John Updike, Shusaku Endo, Elie Wiesel, Flannery O'Connor, Graham Greene, C.S. Lewis, Anne Tyler, Marilynne Robinson, or Christopher Morse.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts, History/Philosophy/Religion
Equated Courses: REL-196

HUM-277 Special Topics: Literature

Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

HUM-278 Special Topics: Language Studi

Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1

HUM-295 Religion and the Arts

This is a discussion course on some topic in the arts with a view to its religious implications.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion, Literature/Fine Arts

HUM-296 Religion & Literature

This is a discussion course on religious themes and theological issues in literary works. Most recently the course focused on Dante's Divine Comedy. Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: History/Philosophy/Religion, Literature/Fine Arts
Equated Courses: REL-296

HUM-377 Special Topics: Lit.

Topics vary from year to year.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

HUM-477 Special Topics: Literature

Topics vary from year to year.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

HUM-487 Independent Study - Lit

Enrollment through Instructor and Department Chair approval.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

HUM-488 Independent Study - Lang St

Enrollment through Instructor and Department Chair approval.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1

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