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  • In this Snapshot Art History Classics English and Creative Writing Film and Media Studies French and Italian German Studies Humanities 1 and 2

    Snapshot #1 - Arts and Humanities

    Music Philosophy Religion Russian Spanish and Portuguese Studio Art Theater

  • Art History The areas of interest represented among the art history faculty are broad, spanning many centuries of European, American, and Asian art. The mission of the Department of Art History includes providing courses and training to majors and pre-professionals in the discipline, offering general courses to develop visual literacy and art-historical awareness in Dartmouth at large, and promoting overall understanding of the visual arts in the contemporary world.

    Students majoring in art history are well-prepared for graduate study, and an advanced degree in art history can lead to careers in scholarship and teaching, museum work, commercial art galleries, auction houses, arts administration, and public and private art foundations. In addition, many art history students have followed their undergraduate studies with professional training in law, business, and medicine. Most art history courses carry no prerequisite and are open to first-year students.

    For a highlight from last year, see A Journey Fueled by Passion, a summary of Sam Fox’s senior thesis.

    Location: Carpenter Hall, 23 N. Main Street Email: [email protected] Website: Phone: (603) 646-2306

  • Classics The study of Classics takes in every aspect of ancient Greece and Rome, with direct connections to many contemporary concerns. The department offers courses that take a variety of approaches to the ancient world, encompassing its languages, literature, history, philosophy, archaeology, material culture, and technology. Latin and Greek classes are also available from beginning through advanced levels, offering swift access to major works of the Western tradition in their original languages.Every Classics course addresses a wider set of critical concerns and aims explicitly to develop analytical thinking, speaking, and writing skills. The legacies of the ancient Mediterranean world are scrutinized as well as appreciated.

    Students who major in Classics often go on to medical school or law school or directly into a wide range of professions. Employers and professional programs are often eager to recruit recent Classics graduates because of their rigorous training and proven ability in the areas of independent research, logical thinking, and communication skills.

    Highlights from the last year include a senior thesis on Roman sailing ships and a big digitization project on a medieval Latin manuscript and a class on medicine in the ancient world visiting the Anatomy Lab.

    Website: Email: [email protected] Phone: (603) 646-3394

  • English and Creative Writing Welcome to the Department of English and Creative Writing. We offer courses ranging across a thousand years of cultural history, from Beowulf to The Wire. Our students work with some of the leading scholars and creative writers in the country. They study canonical figures such as William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Toni Morrison, and contemporary writers such as Zadie Smith, David Foster Wallace, and Alison Bechdel. They engage with graphic novels, video games, and television drama. They practice the crafts of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction in small workshop-style classes. They even make their own books in Dartmouth’s unique Book Arts Workshop.

    While some of our classes are especially designed to introduce students to the English language and its associated literatures and cultures, almost all of our courses are open to first-year students.

    Highlights from the past year include English students in Professor Dever’s class contributing program notes to The Sweet Science of Bruising and Assistant Professor Bennett’s new book Being Property Once Myself.

    Location: Sanborn House Email: [email protected] Website: Phone: (603) 646-2316

  • Welcome to the Department of Film and Media! In our courses, majors and non-majors learn how to make media and how to analyze it critically. Our major seeks the integration of theory and practice. We believe that to understand and participate fully in our world today, one must be trained to think critically about various media and their histories, while making creative work as well as analyzing it. Students develop sophisticated vocabularies for producing and critiquing media texts in our classes in film history, theory, animation, documentary, video, screenwriting, game design, TV studies, among other topics. Faculty and staff are committed to inclusive pedagogy. Our off-campus program in Los Angeles brings students into the heart of the industry, via courses, internships, and events with alumni. Many classes are limited in size to encourage individual expression and close personal interaction between faculty and students.

    The following fall 2020 courses have spots reserved for first year students: Film 1: Introduction to Film; Film 20: Film History I (Silent to Sound); and Film 47: Video Mashups. Also of interest: Film 41: The Graphic Novel & Film.

    Location: Black Visual Arts Center, 2nd Floor Room 202 Email: ch[email protected] Website: Phone: (603) 646-3402

    Film and Media Studies

  • French and Italian France is the most visited country in the world; Italy claims the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Department of French and Italian (FRIT) will ensure your engagement with both French and Italian cultures, as well as with their areas of influence in Europe, the Caribbean, and parts of Africa. Students usually begin language instruction at the 1, 2, or 3 level; our strong and innovative teaching methods foster the progress needed to then enroll in more advanced civilization and literature seminars.

    Multiple opportunities maintain students’ connection to their chosen language, from film series to café hours to residential housing in our language immersion suites. After graduation, FRIT students go on to successful careers in finance, law, the arts, medicine, education, and the sciences.

    Highlights from the past year can be found on the department’s two Instagram accounts. You can find them @frenchatdartmouth and @italian_dartmouth.official.

    Location: Dartmouth Hall, Room 315 Email: [email protected] Website: Phone: (603) 646-2917

  • We are an energetic, interdisciplinary department that offers a diverse curriculum of language and culture classes in German and in English. Our faculty interests range from the premodern period to the present. Many of our instructors also teach in other programs, including Film, Comparative Literature, Jewish Studies and the Humanities (HUM) sequence.Our program meets your needs wherever you are in your Dartmouth career: You can start learning German in our beginning language sequence or continue your German studies in our intermediate and advanced seminars, as well as study abroad in one of our Berlin programs. If you are looking to get to know German workplaces, we offer a range of different internship programs, spanning from the German Parliament in Berlin to a top neurobiology research lab near Munich.

    Studying German in our program has frequently opened doors for our alumni: approximately 150 of them live in German-speaking countries, and even more use their knowledge of German language and culture in their occupations. The critical thinking, linguistic and intercultural skills you develop through a liberal German Studies education are a solid foundation for any career you may choose.

    For more, check out our German Beats podcast.

    Location: Dartmouth Hall, Room 333 Email: [email protected] Website: Phone: (603) 646-2408

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  • Humanities 1 and 2 Humanities 1 (Fall term, Dialogues with the Classics) and Humanities 2 (Winter term, The Modern Labyrinth) form a sequence that introduces first-year students to the subject matter and intellectual perspectives of the humanities. Admission is by application only; apply by July 24, 2020. Students engage with professors and each other in small, intense discussion sections and work with professors and peers to hone their writing skills. Faculty from a range of humanities departments (e.g., English, Spanish, Classics, Music, Philosophy, German) also lecture on texts from many historical periods, national traditio