The Human Odyssey
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
The course consists of 50-minute discussion sections two
days a week and a 50-minute auditorium lab one day a week.
Summary of Student Credit:
- Fall: 3 credits of Humanities Core
- Spring: 3 credits of Social Science
"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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