This course considers the concept of “treasure” by visiting nearly all of Yale’s galleries, museums, and library special collections. We explore questions around how these objects and materials were created and how they came to be at Yale.
Study of how fantasy ideas about race and gender, good and evil, and religion and culture reflect and influence changing ideas about what it means to be human. Authors include Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. LeGuin, Octavia Butler, & Nalo Hopkinson.
Study of the creative interactions produced by informal associations of innovative minds in literature, philosophy, politics, science, psychology, the arts, war, and law.
An introductory course on the art of watercolor as a humanistic discipline. Readings, discussions, and studio work emphasize critical, creative thinking through “learning by doing” study.
Humanistic study has always been a tool for posing the big questions. In a class divided into two halves but taught by both instructors, we will explore these two concerns beginning with Gilgamesh and ending with the present.
The aims of the course are to have students learn about the workings and history of the system of capital punishment in the U.S and decide whether the experiment is succeeding or failing—why and how.
This first-year seminar considers the relationship between science and the humanities by looking at several intersections throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
This European intellectual history seminar explores the epistemological question in philosophy: does the world really exist? How do I know it’s really there and not just a projection of my consciousness? is there such a thing as truth?