Comparative humanities majors in the Class of 2012 who were employed within nine months of graduation, according to the most recent Career Development Center Postgraduate Report of Activity.
Insterested in studying in Greece and Turkey? Many of our students study abroad, including participating in the three-week summer program "Bucknell in Greece and Turkey."
Blaze your own intellectual path. As a student of comparative humanities, you'll learn to integrate and explain ideas and analyze the diverse cultural products of our world.
Explore cultural traditions, history, literature, architecture and art from an interdisciplinary perspective.
What different things can we learn from a literary text, a historical document, a painting and the design of a building? How could we think about these different forms comparatively?
What happens when we translate a text into another language, and how do we think about what is "lost"?
Why does the West need the concept of the "modern" in order to understand its past when South Asian and East Asian cultures don't?
What do we really mean by the terms "Renaissance," "Reformation," "Scientific Revolution" and "Enlightenment"?
How did early Christians process the meaning of pagan philosophy and literature for their new faith?
How do neuroscientific and philosophical-cultural understandings of concepts like consciousness, free will and gender roles complement or oppose each other? What could they learn from each other?
What heroic qualities are shared by Gilgamesh of the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, Achilles of The Iliad and Rama of the Indian epic The Ramayana? What features distinguish these various 'heroes'?
What can we learn about a culture or a historical issue by exploring its archaeological and geographical remains?
How do we responsibly compare artifacts from different cultures or historical periods? What are the risks and rewards?
What has been the impact of Buddhism on postwar US culture, especially via the major writers of the Beat Generation -- Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder? Where do we see the influence of Buddhism in pop culture today?
Why does "place" matter?
How have societies through the ages deployed human sexuality?
Students in the comparative humanities can conduct independent scholarly research with a faculty mentor and produce their own creative projects. The program creates opportunities for student research, publication and conference presentations. In fact, a senior honors thesis is one of the requirements of the Humanistic Scholars Program.
Comparative Humanities students can gain career experience through summer internships. Recently, students have interned at:
The Bucknell "in" Summer Programs are short term programs constructed around a course or academic theme. These programs provide students with the opportunity to focus on key issues unique to the country or region where they are studying. In 2013 our students who signed up for "Greece and Turkey in the Anglo-American Imagination" traveled to ancient and modern sites, read selected sources, and wrote about their experiences.
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