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
    Gullickson, Andrea music
    Hardy, Tara
    Hastings, Rachel linguistics, mathematics
    Hendricks, Steven book arts, literature, creative writing
    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
    Katsanis, Vuslat writing, comparative literature, film and visual culture
    Catalog Offerings for Spring 2021
    Title Paths Class Standing Credits
    Abnormal in a Normalized World
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    12
    Capstone in Culture, Text and Language in World Societies
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Counseling Skills: Theory and Practice
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8
    Ecology and Archaeology: A Survey of Methods
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Existentialism in Literature and Philosophy
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Exploring the Literature of Empowerment; Writers Rising Above the Subaltern
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    12
    Greece and Italy: An Artistic and Literary Odyssey
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Language and Power
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    4
    Narrative Psychology and Storytelling: Recovering the Past to Build Feminist Futures
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8, 12
    Positive Psychology and Well-Being Theory
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8
    Psychology and Biology of Aging
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    12
    Psychology of Mind Body Medicine
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4, 8
    Search for the Russian Soul: Slavic Mythology, Folktales and Magic
    • Junior
    • Senior
    12
    Silk Roads: Culture, History, and Philosophy of China
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8, 12
    Student-Originated Studies: Music
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    12
    The Age of Irony
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8
    The Aim of Education
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    The Spanish-Speaking World: Cultural Crossings
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    12, 16
    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
    Climate Change: Language and Science
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    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
    Designing Games for the Common Good
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8
    Electronics in Music : Projects
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    In Sickness and In Health
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    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
    Paris Muse: Evoking Place in Literature, History, Music and Myth
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Psychology Capstone: Clinical/Counseling
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8
    Psychology of Mind Body Medicine
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8
    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