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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

Humanities I: The Greco-Roman through Middle Ages (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.

Humanities 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: GES 145.

Humanities 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, Edwards, Bach, Beethoven, Austen, Burke, Paine, The Federalist, de Tocqueville, American Transcendentalist writers, Frederick Douglass, and Abraham Lincoln.
Prerequisite: GES 147.

Second Year

Humanities 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, jazz, modern art, Bonhoeffer, and Martin Luther King Jr.
Prerequisite: GES 244.