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Class of 2021

The class of 2021 will take the following six courses to complete the Humanities Gateway program. For more about th​​e teaching and research interests of the esteemed faculty listed below, see their Profile pages at


Fall 2017

Humanities Gateway I: Ancient Texts and Western Traditions 

Homer in Antiquity (HMTS 112)

The Biblical Tradition (HMTS 113)

Professor Vince Tomasso (Classics) and Professor Gabe Hornung (Religion) will be introducing students to some of the most foundational texts of the western tradition. “Homer in Antiquity” will focus on how Homer’s Iliad influenced cultures throughout antiquity. “The Biblical Tradition” will focus on the Biblical world from the emergence of Israel as a nation up through the beginnings of Christianity. In these courses, students will be thinking about the historical contexts that gave rise to the Iliad and the Bible, and about the interpretive traditions that these texts have inspired. Professor Hornung is especially pleased to be teaching “The Biblical Tradition” this year, as he is an alumnus of the Humanities Gateway (known in his time as the Guided Studies Program).


Spring 2018

Humanities Gateway II: The Intellectual and Cultural Foundations of Europe

European History I (HMTS 122)

Major Religious Thinkers in the West (HMTS 123)

Along with guest lecturers who also focus on medieval and renaissance studies, Professors Sean Cocco (History) and Tamsin Jones (Religion) will provide students with insight into the formation of European history and culture. How did medieval and early modern Europe build self-consciously upon the foundations of classical antiquity (especially upon the interpretive traditions traced out in the Gateway’s fall semester)? What other political, social, technological, and intellectual factors helped to shape European culture up through the 18th century? These two courses will address key developments, such as the formation of the medieval and early modern state, the evolution of Christian and Islamic beliefs and practices, and the energies of scientific and global expansion that inspired profound shifts in conceptions of both self and world.


Looking Ahead to Fall 2018

Humanities Gateway III: Modern Europe and the World

Modern European Literature and History

Philosophical Themes in Western Culture


The culminating semester of the Humanities Gateway will focus upon the history and literature of modern Europe, as well as upon how the interpretive tools of philosophy can be used to rethink our approaches towards a European intellectual tradition.