HUMS 094, The Two Cultures: Science and Humanities

Meeting Time: 
MW 9:00-10:15am
Fall 2019

​Course Description:

The relationship between the sciences and the humanities has never been a comfortable one. But what happens when science and the humanities actually do come together? This first-year seminar considers this question by looking at several intersections between science and the humanities throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. These intersections include: astrophysics and religion; modern science and modernist literature; quantum mechanics and postmodernism; and medicine and ethics. Prior knowledge of specific scientific principles or literary movements is not required. 


Enrollment limited to first-year students. Preregistration required; see under First-Year Seminar Program:

Fulfills HU distribution requirement. 

Led by:

Professor Brianne Bilsky is the Dean of Berkeley College and a Lecturer in the English Department.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Washington and Jefferson College and her Ph.D., also in English, from Stanford University. Her teaching and research interests include literature and war; rhetoric and composition; media and information theory; and pedagogy.

Prior to Yale, Dean Bilsky, was an assistant professor of English at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY and comes to Yale with experience advising and mentoring undergraduates.  As a dean and administrator at Washington and Jefferson, she worked extensively with first-year students making the transition to college, created a peer-mentoring program, and prepared students for competitive national fellowships. And as a member of the Washington and Jefferson faculty, she taught in a first-year program that created and strengthened links between students’ residential and academic environments.