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  • Community of Scholars

    Davidson Humanities Fellows are veteran students dedicated to HUM 103/104 as writing tutors, discussion leaders, project organizers, tech helpers, research advisors, and activities conveners. The Humanities Fellows are the backbone of the Humes community, immersing themselves fully in the course, attending course meetings and doing all the readings alongside the students.

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    Humanities students meet with an Assistant Teacher
  • Disciplinary Variety

    The Humanities Program starts with the assumption that no single disciplinary approach can answer the big questions, and so faculty come from across the college. You will hear lectures and be in discussions led by faculty from multiple disciplines like Music, History, German Studies, Film and Media Studies, Global Literary Theory, Religious Studies, Art, and English.

    Scott Denham teaching students in Chambers
  • Why Humanities?

    "Regardless of whether you go on to study biology or Hispanic studies, getting the opportunity to read and learn about classic works of art, literature, and music helps you develop an understanding of the world as a whole outside of your field. Even if, and perhaps especially if, you don't think humanities is relevant to what you think you might want to do, the program offers an experience you won't be offered again or anywhere else." - Katie Little '18

    Students sit by a sculpture by Jaume Plensa


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Davidson, NC 28035

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Connections and Conflicts in the Humanities I and II: REVOLUTION

Humes at Davidson is community. Humes is critical. Humes is learning to engage with the human experience, with "the best which has been thought and said in the world" where "the best" is contingent and up for debate–by you. Humes has a history. And a present. Humes is about revolution.

Humanities At Davidson

At Davidson, we believe that a liberal arts education requires a balance of courses from across the disciplines, including the humanities, in order for our graduates to have the greatest impact in their post-Davidson worlds. In the humanities, we access a massive repository of ideas concerning the human experience. Some of the ideas will get expressed using words, others by using musical sounds, or dancers on a stage, or paint on a canvas, or celluloid flickers on a screen, or by objects in a space.

By signing up for HUM 103/104, you will be signing up to:

  • understand and appreciate a wide array of humanistic texts, including music, novels, paintings, poetry, films, theater, sculptures, buildings, and digital media
  • observe patterns and create compelling connections between seemingly disparate texts
  • speak and write with precision and persuasion
  • read more carefully and critically
  • take part in a required pre-orientation retreat and study trips, all fully paid

The course is collaborative and team-taught, with plenary lectures by both the humanities faculty teaching the course and by other scholars and artists from Davidson and beyond. Some visiting scholars and artists will also take part in discussions and workshops.

Humanities Fellows

The course includes Davidson Humanities Fellows, veteran students dedicated specifically to the course as writing tutors, discussion leaders, project organizers, tech helpers, research advisors, van drivers, and activities conveners. They are trained writing tutors and have a tutors room (Carolina Inn 224) as their space for working with students in the course. The Humanities Fellows are the backbone of the Humes community of teaching and learning in the course. The Fellows immerse themselves fully in the course, attending all the course meetings and doing all the readings alongside the students in the course.

Study Trips

In order to enroll in the Humanities Program you must commit to participate in the pre-orientation and study trips throughout the year. The pre-orientation retreat and the study trips are fully paid; students have no costs beyond modest spending money.

Course Fulfillment

HUM 103/104 is a three-credit course. Students enrolled in HUM 103/104 normally take two other courses in the fall, three other courses in the spring. Learn more about course fulfillment.


Please contact Program Chair Scott Denham at with any questions.