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The 4 Humanities courses are taken in sequence, 1 course at a time, during your first 4 semesters at Bethel.

First Year

Western Humanity in Christian Perspective I: The Greco-Roman World through the Enlightenment (GES145)

The first course in the Humanities Program focuses on great writings and works of art, music, and theatre from the Greeks through the Middle Ages. Likely figures for study include Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Anselm, and Dante.

Western Humanity in Christian Perspective II Renaissance and Reformation (GES147)

The second course considers significant figures, movements, and texts in the Renaissance and the Reformation era. Likely figures for study include Luther, Calvin, Erasmus, Anabaptist writers, Renaissance and baroque artists, and Shakespeare. Prerequisite: GES145.

Western Humanity in Christian Perspective III: The European Enlightenment and American Culture to 1877 (GES244)

The third course begins in the European Enlightenment and culminates in a research paper on American culture through the Reconstruction era. Likely figures for study include Voltaire, Edwards, Bach, Beethoven, Austen, Burke, Paine, The Federalists, de Tocqueville, American Transcendentalist writers, Frederick Douglass, and Abraham Lincoln. Prerequisite: GES147.

Second Year

Western Humanity in Christian Perspective IV: Modernity and Contemporary Western Culture (GES246)

The final course in the Humanities Program begins with the 19th century Industrial Revolution and ends near the present. It includes a major paper on theology. Likely subjects for study include Marx, Nietzsche, T.S. Eliot, Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King Jr, jazz, and modern art. Prerequisite: GES244.

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