In the first year of SEARCH (HUM 101-102), students examine and discuss original documents in translation from the ancient Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh to works of the European Middle Ages. Attention focuses in the first semester (HUM 101) on the history and literature of the Israelites and the Greeks, concentrating in particular on the Hebrew Bible and selected works of Homer, Thucydides, Plato, and Aristotle.
In the second semester of SEARCH (HUM 102), students read and discuss the Gospels and selected letters from the New Testament in conjunction with Hellenistic and Roman history, life, and thought. Assigned texts typically include Virgil’s Aeneid, writings of Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, portions of the Qur’an, and Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Humanities 201 - Course Tracks
In the third semester (HUM 201), students trace the roles of biblical and classical heritages in the shaping of the values, character, and institutions of Western culture and its understanding of self and world. To this end, they read and discuss selections from the works of philosophers, theologians, political theorists, scientists, and literary artists from the Renaissance to the present. Courses in the second year are organized by discipline or other theme. Choices usually include biology, classical studies, history, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religious studies, and theatre. The following “tracks” of HUM 201 will be offered for the 2010-2011 academic year: