The Division of the Humanities encompasses:
- Art & Art History
- Chinese & Japanese
- French & Arabic
- General Literary Studies
- Religious Studies
- Theatre and Dance
Ranging from great texts of the western tradition to a more global exploration of the rich diversity of human expression, courses designated "humanities" employ both traditional and contemporary approaches to the close analysis of cultural texts, practices, and media and their relation to meaning and value.
In addition to the major areas of study, the Division of Humanities offer general literary studies, humanities, and film and media course. Many of the courses included here cultivate knowledge that provides a basis for many other courses in various departments. All these courses — with respect to their breadth of knowledge, their interdisciplinary nature, or their experimentation with new areas of inquiry — exceed the confines of any single department within the Division of Humanities or any single concentration currently existing at the College. And as they do so, they provide models for the critical thought and creative inquiry that is at the heart of a liberal arts education.
These courses do not in themselves constitute a major program of study. Students should consult with the relevant department about acceptance of these courses as cognate credit for their proposed major or for inclusion in an independent major.