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Dartmouth College
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Humanities 1 (Fall Term, Dialogues with the Classics) and Humanities 2 (Winter term, The Modern Labyrinth) form an interdisciplinary, two-term sequence for first-year students. If you are accepted into the sequence, you may choose to enroll in either one or both courses.

Professors from various humanities departments (e.g., English, Music, Russian, Film) give lectures on, and lead students in, intensive discussions of texts from many historical periods, national traditions, and literary genres.

Humanities 1 and 2 draw students who love reading, who enjoy immersing themselves in books that have profoundly influenced Western culture from Antiquity onwards, and who are not daunted by intellectual challenge. 

Humanities 1 and 2 provide an excellent foundation for study in departments across the humanities and social sciences, from religion to anthropology and from art history to government.

Humanities 1 completes the First-Year Writing 5 requirement; Humanities 2 satisfies the First-Year Seminar requirement.

Application Process

Students in the Class of 2019 who are interested in taking Humanities 1 in 2015-2016 should apply to the Director, Andrea Tarnowski, through the following address: Applications are due by 4:00 PM on Monday, August 3, 2015.

Please use the Humanities 1 & 2 address to send an email consisting of a one-page (250-300 word) essay about a book you have read recently that was intriguing, fascinating, challenging or otherwise memorable. Say why you think the book made an impression on you. Would you recommend it to others, and if so why? What questions does it raise for you?

Accepted students will be notified by email in mid-August. 

If you missed the application deadline but still want to be considered for the wait list, you may send in an application before Monday, September 14, 2015.

Last Updated: 7/24/15