Harvard's Humanities - Summary

By this point, all the departments listed as "Arts and Humanities" in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences (http://www.fas.harvard.edu/pages/academic-divisions) have been covered, with the exception of 3:

- History of Art and Architecture

- Music

- Visual and Environmental Studies

These - with their focus on the non-textual components - falls more with the "Arts" part than the Humanities part.


What conclusions can we draw, from the look at the 5 departments (Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Philosophy, "The Study of Religion" Committee, and History [which is a department under "Social Science"]? Another table may be in order:


Department Courses Inclusion of non-Western Areas


beyond English

Philosophy 51 Almost none 0-1: French, German, Greek or Latin, or none
Linguistics 54 Some Pacific (Japanese, Chinese, Austronesian) 2 "languages of scholarship"
Comparative Literature 84 A little Middle Eastern and World Literature 3 or 4, besides European languages, at least one of Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Armenian, Arabic, Chinese or Sanskrit
Study of Religion 118 Some (23 courses) on non-western religions (Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, African) 2 "modern languages of secondary scholarship" (typically French, German, sometimes Japanese) + primary source languages (unspecified)
History 197 Quite some faculty focuses on East Asian and Near Eastern/ African histories 1-4: very specific regarding the many languages needed for medieval European history; loose in specifying East Asian and South Asian areas
Total 504 Some coverage, weakeast on South / Southeast Asia 0-4: more perceived "universal" disciplines (linguistics, philosphy) has less language requirements and more western-centric; reverse for the more "specific" disciplines such as literature, religion and history
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