Taking HUM 103/104 fulfills three course requirements, including the WRI 101 requirement. Learn more.
The Humanities program was established in 1962 as a synthetic, interdisciplinary approach to liberal education that combined formal lectures and smaller discussion groups in a survey of key texts. The current course offering, Connections and Conflicts in the Humanities I & II (HUM 103 & 104), surveys key texts from both the Western tradition and from beyond Europe and what used to be called "the West." For each year, there will be a particular topic that we will bring to bear for all the things we study. In 2016-17, the theme will be the Problem of Beauty.
What's the point of studying the music, art, literature, philosophy, history, and so on, of cultures from distant chronological and geographical places that might be alien to our own? At Davidson, we believe that a liberal arts education requires a balance of courses from across the disciplines, including the humanities, in order for our graduates to have the greatest impact in their post-Davidson worlds. In the humanities, one can find a massive repository of ideas concerning the human experience. Some of the ideas will get expressed using words, others by using musical sounds, or dancers on a stage, or paint on a canvas, or celluloid flickers on a screen.
Using examples from long ago and also closer to the present, we will emphasize the ways ideas have persisted and changed over time. Some of these conflicts and connections will spark hope and optimism while others might signal exhaustion at our inability to solve certain problems of how best to exist and co-exist. By signing up for HUM 103/104, you will be signing up to:
- understand and appreciate a wide array of humanistic texts, including things like music, novels, paintings, films, and so forth
- observe patterns and create compelling connections between seemingly disparate texts
- speak and write with precision and persuasion
- read more carefully and critically
Please contact E. Craig Wall, Jr. Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Music Neil Lerner at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.