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HIST 297 - Honors Introduction to the Humanities

3 credits

A discussion and survey of some seminal works in the Western literary, philosophical, and cultural tradition. Enrollment is generally limited to entering freshmen who have been accepted into the University Honors Program.

The Honors Introduction to the Humanities is made up of four different course listings: ENGL 297, HIST 297, MLANG 297, and PHILO 297. All classes in the Honors Humanities have a common reading list and follow approximately the same course format, but details of the schedule and assignments may differ from course to course. Each of these classes is interchangeable for the the Basic Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences. For example, taking the MLANG 297 course can count as a philosophy course or a western heritage course (but not both).

In HIST 297, we will discuss the historical context of the assigned works, but we'll also turn these "great books" to engage broad questions about the human experience. These questions include: What have human beings hoped to get from the pursuit of knowledge? What kinds of ideas have guided the social and political organization of communities?

PLEASE NOTE that at four times during the semester, all sections of the Honors Introduction to the Humanities will meet together. Because these evening meetings may cause conflicts, but are a required portion of the course, you should plan to reserve these four evenings immediately upon their announcement in class.