The Human Odyssey:
An Interdisciplinary Course in
the Sciences and Humanities
Dear students and parents,
For over three decades Auburn University has offered its undergraduates a
unique opportunity in interdisciplinary education. The Human Odyssey (UNIV
2710-2720; HONR 2717, 2727 (Honors) are team-taught courses challenging faculty
in liberal arts and the sciences to engage students from multiple perspectives
in the “large issues of how we know and how we understand.”
These two 3-hour courses can be taken for
Humanities Core Curriculum credit in the fall and Social Science Core Curriculum
credit in the spring.
Each class is taught by a science professor teamed with a counterpart from
liberal arts. On Mondays and Wednesdays they do not lecture to the 20-25
students in each class. Rather, faculty lead discussions of the assigned
readings and the lectures heard and films viewed in a Tuesday “lab” meeting.
(The lectures are part of the Human Odyssey Invited Lecture Series open to all
students.) Students are challenged to think critically in forming their opinions
about this complex world.
Few large universities, public or private, have successfully maintained over
three decades an interdisciplinary undergraduate program such as Auburn’s Human
Odyssey. Our goal? To help students begin their personal human odyssey of
becoming educated. Visit our website at https://fp.auburn.edu/hop/
Please feel free to contact me with your questions about the Human Odyssey.
Professor of Philosophy
Coordinator, The Human Odyssey Program
May 2, 2012