Humanities: Culture, Text, and Language in World Societies

Explore the history, society, culture, literature, and language of people in the United States and around the world through classes, capstone projects, and study abroad.
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Explore people and communities, past and present, and what they do, think and make, in relationship to their environments and larger societies, cultures, and the world. Programs include history, culture, anthropology, archaeology, literature, languages, philosophy, religion, sociology, ethnic and gender studies, music, theater, and art history.

  • Through study of cultures, explore webs of meaning to make sense of the world.

  • Through study of texts, learn to interpret the products of culture, from enduring works to popular media and artful practices of everyday life.

  • Through study of historical, environmental and political contexts, develop understanding of structures of oppression and methods of resistance, particularly in regard to race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.

  • Through study of languages, learn how different societies communicate around the world, developing your intellectual and expressive voice. Languages offered include French, Spanish, Irish, Japanese, Chinese, and Latin.

Immerse yourself in cultures, communities, music and arts through critical analysis of texts, images and objects; participate in community-based study, internships and projects; study abroad in France, Mexico, Nicaragua, Germany, Spain, Thailand, Greece, Italy, Ireland, and China; acquire advanced research, writing, communication and analytical skills; and complete advanced studies and senior capstone projects in humanities, social sciences and performing arts.

The critical thinking and academic skills you acquire here will equip you for a successful career in education, performing arts and humanities, law, politics, journalism, international studies, diplomacy, social sciences and entrepreneurship. Become a deeper thinker and a more engaged agent in an ever-changing world.

 

Spring at the Organic Farm
    Students have lunch on the cliffsides of Ireland.
    A group of Study Abroad students under an ancient tower in the Irish countryside.
    Students work in groups on a cultural weaving project in Ireland.
    A group of Study Abroad students play music together during a sunset in Ireland.

    This Path can prepare you for careers in

    • Education
    • International studies
    • Performing arts and humanities
    • Diplomacy
    • Law
    • Social sciences
    • Politics
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Journalism

    Graduate school opportunities beyond this Path

    • Humanities
    • Social sciences
    • Education
    • Performing arts
    • Law
    Faculty on this Path
    Title Expertise
    Alexandria, Catherine (Jehrin) dance, ballet, movement therapy
    Beck, Stephen philosophy
    Blakeslee, Steve English, writing, literature
    Buchman, Andrew music composition
    Crowley, Lin media and Chinese studies
    Davis, Stacey European history
    Diamant, Hirsh visual arts, Chinese studies, human development
    Eamon, Kathleen aesthetics and philosophy, critical theory, psychoanalysis
    Elliott, Marla performance, voice, community studies
    Featherly, Lynarra creative writing, philosophy, critical theory
    Gullickson, Andrea music
    Hardy, Tara
    Hastings, Rachel linguistics, mathematics
    Hendricks, Steven book arts, literature, creative writing
    Katsanis, Vuslat writing, comparative literature, film and visual culture
    Kennedy, Cynthia leadership
    Khaleghi, Dariush Leadership, Management, Organizational Psychology and Behavior, and Human Resources Management
    Koppelman, Nancy American studies
    Krafcik, Patricia Russian language and literature
    Krotscheck, Ulrike classics, archaeology
    Mellis, Miranda fiction, nonfiction, and contemporary literature
    Olson, Toska sociology, gender studies
    Proctor, Bradley U.S. history, African American history, American studies
    Reece, Andrew classical art and literature
    Rognas, Liza American history, information resources and library science
    Sandoz, Joli academic and creative nonfiction writing, community studies, analog game design
    Simons, Suzanne poetry and literary arts, community studies/Middle East studies, journalism
    Stein, Eric cultural anthropology
    Vavrus, Michael education, history, political economy
    Williams, Sarah Feminist Theory, Cultural Studies
    Williams, Sean ethnomusicology
    Williamson, Elizabeth English literature, theater studies
    Catalog Offerings for 2021-22
    Title Paths Class Standing Credits
    Against Everything: Politics and Friendship in the Age of Apocalypse: Ivan Illich
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    America to 2025: Modern America, History, and Adolescent Psychology
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    American Popular Music: A People's History
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Biology and Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Chinese - First Year I
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Chinese - First Year II
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Chinese - First Year III
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Climate Change: Language and Science
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Critical Reasoning
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Cultivating Justice: Food, Feminism, and Community Psychology
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    12, 16
    Culture as History: From the Great Depression to the Great Society
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8
    Dangerous Skills
    • Freshman
    8, 14
    Designing Games for the Common Good
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8
    Electronics in Music : Projects
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    French - First Year I
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    French - First Year II
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    French - First Year III
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    French - Second Year I
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    French - Second Year II
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    French - Second Year III
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Globalectics: Readings in Contemporary World Literatures and Films
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8
    In Sickness and In Health
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Indigenous Storytelling: Cultural Political Performance
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8, 12, 16
    Literary Arts: Samuel Beckett
    • Junior
    • Senior
    12, 16
    Molecules, Music and Metamorphosis
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Monsters: A Literary and Cultural Exploration
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8
    Odyssey: Art and Archaeology in Greece and Italy
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Paris Muse: Evoking Place in Literature, History, Music and Myth
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Psychology of Mind Body Medicine
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8
    Questions of Philosophy: An Invitation to Reflective Living
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Reading and Writing for Your Life
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Slavic and Celtic Folklore: Heroic, Spiritual, Practical
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Taste: Archaeology and the Ancient Mediterranean
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    14
    Taste: Music in Cultural Context
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    14
    Taste: What We Hunger For
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Temporality, Word, and Image
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    The Aim of Education
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    The Authentic Self: Becoming an Instrument of Change
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8, 12
    Word Play: Literature, Creative Writing, and Poetics of Catastrophe
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Your Money or Your Life: Human and Economic Relations On Stage
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16

    Programs planned 2021 – 25

    Exploratory

    • Dangerous Reading
    • In Sickness and in Health
    • People/Power in the U.S., 1800 – 2020

    Intermediate (includes study abroad or other travel)

    • America to 2025
    • The French Program: History, Literature, Language and Culture
    • Greece and Italy: An Artistic and Literary Odyssey
    • Ireland in History and Memory
    • The Spanish-Speaking World: Cultural Crossings

    Other intermediate programs

    • Russian Language and Culture
    • Reproduction: Gender, Race and Power
    • When You Wish Upon an Archetype: Psychology, Folklore, and Creativity in Disney Animated Films

    Advanced

    • Advanced Writing: Capstone in Literary Arts and the Humanities
    • Capstone in the Humanities
    • Student Originated Studies: Music

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