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101. Freshman Seminar in Humanities and Composition
A course designed to engage students, during their first semester, in small-group seminars in humanistic inquiry, with special attention given to value questions and issues. The course includes substantial reading and group discussion, considerable work on English composition skills (comparable to that typically encountered in first-semester college English courses), and the writing of numerous short essays and other papers. Sections of the course are taught by members of the departments of English language and literature, fine arts, foreign languages, history, philosophy, and religion. Normally required of all first-year students.

240. Medicine & Literature
This course provides an examination of the rich literature surrounding the issues of health care and the medical profession. Issues of illness, health, medical science, violence, and the body are examined through literary and cultural texts.

250. Globalization & Change in the American South
An interdisciplinary course which engages students with the American South in its current and historically analogous global linkages. These links generate rapid change, frustrating stasis, and profound human drama. Prominent themes will include migration (in and out, white and black and other), work, land, politics, war, and culture. Students will integrate a wide range of encounters, experiences, readings, teachings, films and student projects.

280. Selected Topics in Humanities
Selected topics in Humanities at the introductory or intermediate level.

350. Junior Humanities Seminar: Civic Engagement in Practice
This junior level seminar helps students explore and understand their relationships with the communities — local, national and global — in which they live. Students will learn about the many types of civic engagement and change; develop skills in understanding and acting upon the multiple complex messages of change and engagement in today’s world; and gain a fuller understanding of participatory democracy and civic literacy through a variety of class projects.

470. Independent Study
A study of some specific topic which integrates and focuses course work a student has done in the humanities major. Normally it is directed by the committee which guided the student’s major. Open only to seniors majoring in Humanities. Offered every year.

475. Independent Study in Interdisciplinary Learning Communities
This course provides an opportunity for students to revisit, in a larger interdisciplinary context, values and issues questions derived from their experience in previous humanities classes. Students will work with faculty in the development and implementation of interdisciplinary learning communities; they will facilitate classroom discussions, aid in preparing and analyzing evaluation materials, and produce a substantial final project reflecting on their experience.

480. Advanced Topics in Humanities
Study of significant ideas, issues, or themes using a multidisciplinary approach pursued through a variety of media. May be offered by any member of the humanities faculty, subject to the approval of the coordinator. Not open to first-year students. Topics and prerequisites vary.

495. Wofford College Presidential Seminar
This seminar was conceived as both a capstone experience in the liberal arts and in recognition of graduating seniors distinguished for their academic achievement and their contributions to the college community. Participants, nominated by their departments and selected by Wofford’s president, become part of a semester-long colloquium involving not only themselves and that of two moderators, but various Wofford faculty members, alumni, and friends of the college are invited to join individual sessions.

Major Requirements

Prerequisites for the Major:
A 3.0 cumulative grade-point average for at least three semesters or recommendation for the major by three faculty members from different humanities departments.

Requirements for the Major:
Eight 300- or 400- level courses (24 semester hours) from at least three different humanities departments specifically approved by the Humanities major coordinator. Other courses may be used to fulfill this requirement if they have a strong humanities component (for example, certain courses in Environmental Studies) and if there is prior approval from the program coordinator. The major also requires HUM 470, a three-hour independent study. HUM 470 should be taken during the senior year (normally in the spring semester) and should integrate work from the various departments; the study would be supervised and evaluated by one faculty member from each of the departments, with one serving as chair and primary supervisor. A six-hour senior honors project with the same interdepartmental structure may be substituted for HUM 470.