Humanities Sequences

What Makes Us Human?

Explore our interdisciplinary courses in literature, philosophy, history, religion, music, art, and material culture.

East Asian Humanities

An introduction to the literature, art, religion, and philosophy of China, Japan, and Korea from antiquity to 1400. Readings focus on primary texts in translation, complemented by museum visits.

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture

An intensive year-long introduction to the landmark achievements of the Western intellectual tradition, the "HUM Sequence" is a team-taught, double-credit course that examines Western history, philosophy, and literature from antiquity to the 20th century.

Near Eastern Humanities

This course focuses on the Near East from antiquity to the early centuries of Islam. It introduces some of the most important works of literature, politics, ethics, aesthetics, religion, and science to have emerged from this pivotal period of history.

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