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Humanities

The Humanities program has two separate tracks: the Western Tradition (Humanities 150, 151W, 250, 251) and Cultures and Civilizations (Humanities 160, 161W). Each course combines lectures and discussions; each pays particular attention to careful reading and writing. Each course of the sequence is taught by a staff of faculty members representing several departments or disciplines, with the staff changing each semester. Lectures provide guidance for discussions in groups of about 16 students each.

The Western Tradition

The Western Tradition is a four-semester (four-credit) interdisciplinary course for first- and second-year students. It aims to help students understand the main currents in the Western Tradition from antiquity until the present and to appreciate literary, religious, philosophical, and artistic monuments of the past. Each semester within the sequence is taught by a staff of faculty members representing several departments or disciplines, with the staff changing each semester. Lectures (about one per week) for the entire group of up to 64 students provide guidance for discussions in groups of about 16 students each.

For students entering before 2012:

When completed, the four-semester course counts toward distribution requirements in literature, history, religion, and philosophy. It further satisfies the WRI requirement.

For Students Entering in 2012 or Later:

Students who complete any single course satisfy the requirement in liberal studies. Students who complete all four satisfy the requirements in historical thought, literary studies, philosophical and religious perspectives, and liberal studies. Students who complete HUM 150 and HUM 151W satisfy the WRI requirement.

For more information on the Western Tradition, including semester syllabi, and to see the course in action, visit the course blog.

Cultures and Civilizations

Cultures and Civilizations is a two-semester (two-credit) interdisciplinary course for first-year students only. This track offers an approach more thematic than chronological and a scope broader than the traditional West. Cultures and Civilizations undertakes a comparative, interdisciplinary study of Western and non-Western texts and contexts. Class meetings in Cultures and Civilizations usually involve discussions with two professors and up to 32 students.

For students entering before 2012:

Successful completion of the two-semester course satisfies the cultural diversity requirement and the distribution requirement in literature. It further satisfies the WRI requirement.

For Students Entering in 2012 or Later:

Students who complete both courses satisfy the requirements in liberal studies and cultural diversity. Students who complete both courses also satisfy the WRI requirement.