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Humanities I and II: HU101-102 (required of all students)
The first year consists of ten units, each a portrait of human greatness, which range from ancient Greece through the European Middle Ages. In examining these portraits, the student experiences diverse value systems and can face the questions of why and whether a given individual or portrait can be called "great." Four credits, each semester. The list of units is subject to ongoing evaluation and restructuring by the Humanities faculty. These ten portraits are currently offered in Humanities 101 and 102

Humanities III and IV: HU201-202 (required of all students)
The second year consists of portraits of individuals arranged chronologically from the Italian Renaissance to the 20th century. Each individual, great in his or her own right, has far-reaching social, cultural, or political significance. Four credits, each semester.
Twelve individuals make up the current list of portraits in Humanities 201 and 202

HU103-104 Conversatio: The Common Learning Experience At Saint Anselm College
Rooted in the Benedictine vow that encourages faithfulness to a way of life within community, Conversatio is the foundational shared learning experience for every Saint Anselm student. This year-long interdisciplinary course provides students with an intellectual orientation to studies in the Liberal Arts and acquaints them with the distinctive value of those studies within the Catholic Benedictine tradition. The first semester of Conversatio considers the meaning of humanity in the world by reading and discussing seminal texts that contemplate who we are as individuals, what our responsibility is within a community, and what our relationship is with the divine. Among
fundamental intellectual ideas, students are introduced to the Catholic Benedictine intellectual tradition through the spiritual teachings in select readings of Saints Benedict and Anselm. In the second semester students are asked to consider three additional foundational areas of study central to the Liberal Arts:

    1. Politics, rhetoric, and the emergence of democracy in human history;
    2. The nature of science and the role of scientific understanding in our world;
    3. 3) The nature of beauty and the place of art in the lives of individuals and communities.

As the common academic conversation orienting students to Saint Anselm College, Conversatio invites individuals to discover their intellectual place and voice within the Saint Anselm learning community by encouraging them to read critically, to contemplate significant questions about human existence, and to communicate their ideas to others with greater effectiveness and respect.

Comparative Cultures
The Humanities curriculum continues with elective courses, "Comparative Cultures."

Prerequisites: HU101, 102, 201, 202 or permission of instructor.

305 Paris and New York in the Twenties and Thirties
Concentrates on a dramatic and clearly defined historical period in France and the United States, a period characterized by rupture with tradition on many levels of human activity. The decades after the First World War saw the values and premises of intellectual and cultural heritage challenged or discarded. The course will examine the criticisms leveled against traditional values and explore new principles for life and art which came into being during this period.

306 Germany - U.S.A. Between the Wars
Compares the cultures of Germany and the United States of America during the 1920s and 30s with emphasis on the literature and film of the period against the background of the failure of the Weimar Republic and the rise of National Socialism in Germany, as well as the Great Depression and the New Deal in the United States. The course format is lecture/seminar, supported by an integrated series of films, video tapes, slides, and readings.

308 The United States and Russia
Probes the conflict and convergence of the two dominant national cultures of our century through readings of source materials and reflective essays by contemporary scholars.