COMP 273
The Humanities: A Literary and Cultural History Spring 2025
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed GBST 273

Class Details

This course will start with a history of the curriculum of Williams College, and will include a research project students will complete through the course catalogues and other materias in the college archives. From that point of departure we will read several novels and articles, see films, listen to music, and study cultural moments in the United States and abroad when the Humanities have peaked (for example, the GI Bill) and others when their value has been questioned, censored or come under threat (from the McCarthy era to AI).
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 18
Expected: 18
Class#: 3668
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: A semester-long research project in the Williams College Archives, engaged daily class participation, midterm exam, final paper, two in-class presentations (one in pairs, one individual), discussion leading.
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Open to all students. If overenrolled, instructor will send out a survey to determine enrollment in the course.
Materials/Lab Fee: None
Distributions: Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 273 Division I GBST 273 Division II
DPE Notes: One of the goals of this course is to consider the democratizing role the humanities play within a Liberal Arts education, and the role of this type of education in the larger context of the world we live in. Is the pursuit of the study of literature, languages, and the arts in sync with career readiness goals that students are, very reasonably, concerned with? We will explore this and related questions.This course proposes the humanities as a space for all, not a luxury for the privileged few.
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