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HB 6084
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
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Humanities 1 and 2, Dialogues with the Classics, is an interdisciplinary, two-term course sequence taught for first-year students in fall and winter terms.

Professors from various humanities departments give lectures on, and lead students in intensive discussions of, texts from many historical periods, national traditions, and literary genres.

Humanities 1 and 2 is appropriate for students who love reading, who enjoy immersing themselves in some of the books that have profoundly influenced Western culture from antiquity onwards, and who are not daunted by intellectual challenges. 

Humanities 1 and 2 provide an excellent foundation for study in many departments and programs in the social sciences as well as the humanities.

Completion of both Humanities 1 and 2 satisfies the first-year writing requirement, in place of taking Writing 5 and a First-Year Seminar.

Application Process

Students in the Class of 2018 who are interested in taking Humanities 1 and 2 in 2014/15 should apply to the  Director, Andrea Tarnowski, Professor of French and Italian, Comparative Literature, and Women's and Gender Studies, by August 1, 2014

To apply, please send an email to Professor Tarnowski (, briefly describing why you would like to take Humanities 1-2, along with a one-page (250- 300 word) essay about a book you have read recently that was intriguing, fascinating, challenging or otherwise memorable.  Say why the book made an impression on you and what questions it raised for you.

If you missed the application deadline, you may still send in an application until Friday, Sept. 12, 10 pm, to be considered for the waitlist.


Last Updated: 5/22/14