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  Jul 26, 2017
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Program Director: Professor Henke (German Studies)

The Western Tradition, First Year
Directors: Professor Munger (Psychology) and Professor Dietz (History)

The Western Tradition, Second Year
Directors: Professor Barnes (History) and Professor Goldstein (Philosophy)

Faculty Affiliated with the Humanities Program 
Professor emeritus: Epes (German Studies)
Professors: Barnes (History), Berkey (History), Churchill (English), Denham (German Studies), Dietz (History), Gay (Education), Goldstein (Philosophy), Henke (German Studies), R. Ingram (English), Lerner (Music), Ligo (Art), Munger (Psychology), Neumann (Classics), Parker (English), Rigger (Political Science), Robb (Philosophy), S. Smith (Art), Snyder (Religion)
Associate Professors: Cheshire (Classics), Ewington (Russian Studies), Griffith (Philosophy), Guasco (History), Pegelow Kaplan (History), Tilburg (History), Wills (Religion)
Assistant Professor: Gonzalez (Hispanic Studies)


The Humanities Program offers two separate course sequences, The Western Tradition and Cultures & Civilizations. The Western Tradition, a two-year, four-course sequence, is an interdisciplinary study of texts and contexts of the West, from the ancient world to the present. Cultures & Civilizations, a one-year, two-course sequence, is a comparative, interdisciplinary study of western and non-western texts. In the Western Tradition sequence, classes meet together for lectures and in groups of 16 students for discussions led by individual instructors. In the Cultures & Civilizations sequence, two discussion groups (of 16 students) usually meet jointly with both instructors. Humanities courses encourage and reward clear thinking, speaking, and writing.

Requirements: The Western Tradition

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: 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.

Requirements: Cultures & Civilizations

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: Students who complete both courses satisfy the requirements in Liberal Studies and Cultural Diversity. Students who complete both courses also satisfy the WRI requirement.


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