Humanities 10a. A Humanities Colloquium: From Homer to Garcia Marquez

Instructor: Louis Menand , Stephen Greenblatt , Deidre Shauna Lynch
Terms: Fall Term

Tuesdays, 10-11:30 am | Location: Boylston 110 (FAS)

2,500 years of essential works, taught by six professors. Humanities 10a includes works by Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles, Dante, Shakespeare, Mozart, Austen, Douglass, and Garcia Marquez, as well as the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Declaration of Independence. One 90-minute lecture plus a 90-minute discussion seminar led by the professors every week. Students also receive instruction in critical writing one hour a week, in writing labs and individual conferences. Students who take both Humanities 10a and 10b fulfill the College Writing Requirement. This is the only course outside of Expository Writing that satisfies that requirement. Students also have opportunities to visit cultural venues and attend musical and theatrical events in Cambridge or Boston.

Note: Humanities 10a will be lotteried by application process, administered at the first meeting on September 1. See the course website for more details. Humanities 10b, which meets in the Spring, is open only to students who have completed Humanities 10a and includes works by Joyce, Nietzsche, Rousseau, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Murasaki, Augustine, Virgil, Sophocles, and Homer. Most students take both semesters of Hum 10, but students who do not take 10b receive full credit for 10a. Hum 10a meets the General Education requirement for Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding. Hum 10a and 10b meets the General Education requirements for both Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding and Culture and Belief as well as the Expos requirement. The course is open only to freshmen. No auditors. The course may not be taken Pass/Fail.

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