Humanities

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Humanities

The Humanities program was established in 1962 as a synthetic, interdisciplinary approach to liberal education that combined formal lectures and smaller discussion groups in a survey of key texts. The current course offering, Connections and Conflicts in the Humanities I & II (HUM 103 & 104), surveys key texts from both the Western tradition and from beyond Europe and what used to be called "the West." For each year, there will be a particular topic that we will bring to bear for all the things we study. In 2016-17, the theme will be the Problem of Beauty.

This two-semester course is open only to first-year students and will meet four days a week, and the additional meeting time will yield additional course credit. Completing both HUM 103 & 104 will earn a student three course credits, with some caveats. Successful completion of HUM 103 will bring with it two course credits, although students who withdraw from the HUM 103/104 survey after completing only HUM 103 will receive only one course credit and will satisfy no graduation requirements. Students who complete HUM 104 will receive one course credit and satisfy these three graduation requirements: the WRI requirement and two distribution requirements, one in historical thought and one in literary studies, creative writing, and rhetoric. Because the two semesters together constitute a single course, a grade of incomplete (I) will be given after the first semester, although students will receive notification from their instructors about their performance throughout and at the end of both semesters.

Please contact Prof. Neil Lerner, E. Craig Wall, Jr. Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and professor of music, at nelerner@davidson.edu if you have any questions.