Humane Letters Department
HUMANE LETTERS CURRICULUM
A Socratic seminar centered on ancient literature, drama, philosophy and history with readings from Homer, Sophocles, Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle and Vergil. Students also study Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Julius Caesar, as well as The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).
A Socratic seminar that addresses European literature, philosophy, and history in tracing the development of cultural and political institutions, as well as economic patterns from the Middle Ages through the 19th century. In addition to numerous primary source documents, texts studied include those by Shakespeare, More, Locke, Austen, Dickens, Marx, Dostoevsky and Solzhenitsyn.
A Socratic seminar that combines a survey of American history through primary sources with representative American literature and philosophy, including works of Hamilton, Madison, Thoreau, Douglass, Twain, Crane, Cather, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck and Wilder, as well as the Shakespearean play Othello. The first semester concentrates on American history from the founding era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. The second semester focuses on the 20th century with particular attention paid to WWI, WWII and the Cold War.
A capstone Socratic course in which students draw upon the work of the previous three years in examining developments in literature, philosophy, history, and economics in the transition from the era of the Roman Empire through the Middle Ages and into the modern era. Works include those by Plutarch, Augustine, Aquinas, Dante, Shakespeare, Descartes, Marx, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy and Faulkner, as well as selections from The New Testament.