Frequently Asked Questions

Baker Tower

Why two terms?

We cover a great range of eras and texts. 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 fulfilling the Writing 5 requirement. If you choose not to take Humanities 2 (which fulfills the First-year Seminar requirement), you would still have to take another designated First-year Seminar (Also, please 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 as your First-year Seminar, you may do so if there are spaces available).

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

Humanities 1 & 2 together fulfill the First-Year Writing Requirement. That is, Humanities 1 replaces Writing 5 and Humanities 2 replaces the First-year Seminar.

Which General Education requirements are met by taking Humanities 1 & 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?

Applications are due by 5:00PM (EST) on July 24, 2019. Apply at http://www.dartmouth.edu/hums1-2/forms/appform.html.

The first class of Humanities 1 will meet on Monday, September 16, 2019.

Humanities 1 is scheduled at the 12-hour.

Who are this year’s faculty?

Fall  2020:  Marcelo Gleiser, Lucas Hollister, Petra McGillen, Darin McMahon, Kenneth Walden

Winter 2021:  Colleen Boggs, Petra McGillen, Jonanthan Smolin