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HB 6084
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

Frequently Asked Questions

Baker Tower

Why two terms?

The range of time and texts we cover is enormous. Two Dartmouth quarters allow barely enough time.  Hence the sequence.

If I am accepted, do I have to take both terms?

No, you may simply complete Humanities 1 in the fall and receive credit for Writing 5 (Note: If you start off by taking Writing 5 in the fall term and then decide you would like to apply for Humanities 2 in the winter term, you may do so if there are spaces available). If you are interested in applying for Humanities 1, please submit your application to the Director, Professor Andrea Tarnowski at by August 3, 2015.

What  do I need to know about the First-Year Writing  Requirement?

Humanities 1 and 2 fulfill the First-Year Writing requirement; Humanities 1 replaces Writing 5 and Humanities 2 replaces a First-Year Seminar.

Which General Education requirements are met by taking Humanities 1 and 2?

Humanities 2 fulfills the Literature Distributive, as well as the Western category of the World Culture Requirement. (Humanities 1, being equivalent to Writing 5, carries no additional distributives.)

What dates do I need to know?

Interested students should apply to the Director by August 3, 2015 at

The first class of Humanities 1 will meet on Wednesday,  September 16, 2015. Humanities 1 and 2 are both scheduled at the 12 hour.

How can I find out more about Humanities 1 and 2?

Attend the Open House on September 11 at 2PM in room 108 Dartmouth Hall during First-Year Orientation.  

Who are this year’s faculty?

Fall, 2015: Suzanne Brown (English), Paul Carranza (Spanish & Portuguese), Andrea Tarnowski (French & Italian).  

Winter 2016: Pramit Chaudhuri (Classics), Paul Carranza (Spanish & Portuguese), Kathleen Wine (French & Italian).

Last Updated: 5/21/15