Humanities

Department Website: humanities.sewanee.edu/

Associate Professor Skomp, Russian, Director

Professor Raulston, Spanish

Professor Engel, English

Professor McDonough, Classical Languages

Professor Malone, English

Associate Professor Rung, French

Associate Professor Thurman, Religion

Assistant Professor Thompson,  Art History and Film Studies

Assistant Professor Irvin, English and Medieval Studies

Visiting Assistant Professor Huber, Classical Languages

Visiting Assistant Professor Moser, Philosophy

Visiting Assistant Professor MacLaren, Art History and University Art Gallery Director


The Interdisciplinary Humanities Program is a sequence of four chronologically arranged courses, ordinarily intended for freshmen and sophomores, which introduces the cultural history of the Western world. The program is team-taught, with joint lectures for all students and smaller discussion sections. It focuses on major phenomena in Western arts, literature, history, philosophy, and religion.

To Fulfill Core Requirements (applies only to the Class of 2016 and earlier): Those who complete the entire humanities sequence receive credit for four core college course requirements: philosophy/religion, History 100, art/music, and English 101, and satisfy one of the two courses requirement for writing-intensive courses. Students who complete only two humanities courses receive one writing-intensive course credit.

(for all students:) Those who complete the entire humanities sequence satisfy 100-level prerequisites for upper-level courses in English, history, philosophy, religion, music history, and theatre history, and for the upper-level courses in art for which Art 103 is prerequisite. A student who receives credit for the full Humanities sequence may not receive credit for either English 101 or History 100.

Those who complete only part of the humanities sequence receive one elective credit for each course completed, and they must fulfill all college requirements in the usual way. For students who complete the humanities sequence and go on to major in English, art, or history, the equivalent of one full course (four semester hours) is considered part of the major field, and three courses (twelve hours) count as work done outside the major.

To Fulfill Core Requirements (for all students in the Class of 2017 and subsequent years): Those who complete Humanities 103 receive credit for one Learning Objective 1 course and one Learning Objective 3 course. Those who complete Humanities 104 receive credit for one Learning Objective 2 course and one Learning Objective 3 course as well as a Foundational Writing Intensive course. It is expected that students who complete Humanities 203 (a new course to be offered first in fall 2014) will receive credit for one Learning Objective 1 course and one Learning Objective 4 course.