Honors Interdisciplinary Symposia

The Human Odyssey
HONR 2717/2727

Organized three decades ago as an exploration of C.P. Snow's "Two Cultures" concept (the sciences and humanities, broadly defined), for a decade the course was taught as "The Ascent of Man." More recently, the Human Odyssey course has explored Jerome Kagan's analysis of "Three Cultures" (adding the social sciences) and "ways of knowing" as illustrated by the scientific method and artistic and other humanistic endeavors.

The course consists of 50-minute discussion sections two days a week and a 50-minute auditorium lab one day a week.

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Summary of Student Credit:

  • Fall: 3 credits of Humanities Core
  • Spring: 3 credits of Social Science Core

Student Comments:

"This one-of-a-kind course really makes you think"

"I loved the class debates."

"It was great having two faculty leading discussions at the same time. I thought that it might be intimidating to students but I didn't find it to be so, not at all."

"I'd strongly recommend this class to any thoughtful student. In fact, I'd take it again if they'd let me!"


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Last Updated: April 17, 2014