The Human Odyssey:

An Interdisciplinary Course in the Sciences and Humanities

The Human Odyssey

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

Please feel free to contact me with your questions about the Human Odyssey.

Gerard Elfstrom
Professor of Philosophy
Coordinator, The Human Odyssey Program

Last Updated: May 2, 2012