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333 Dartmouth Hall
HB 6084
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

Frequently Asked Questions

Why two terms?

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

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

Humanities 1 and 2 fulfill the First-Year Writing  requirement, in place of taking Writing 5 and a First-Year Seminar.

Do I have to take both terms?

No, you may leave after Humanities 1, receiving credit for Writing 5.  There may also be limited spaces available in HUMS 2 for students who have taken Writing 5 in fall term. If you are interested please contact Professor Andrea Tarnowski (

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 15, 2014.

The first class of Humanities 1 will meet on Monday September 15, 2014. 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 during First-Year Orientation or contact Professor  Andrea Tarnowski (

Who are this year’s faculty?

Fall, 2014: Suzanne Brown (English), Paul Carranza (Spanish & Portuguese), Andrea Tarnowski (French & Italian).  

Winter 2015: Pramit Chaudhuri (Classics), Paul Carranza (Spanish & Portuguese), Andrea Tarnowski (French & Italian).

Last Updated: 4/11/14