The major consists of four central components: the study of defined historical periods through many perspectives, intermediate comparative courses from related disciplines, upper-level humanities courses, and a senior thesis on a topic of the student’s choosing.
Because comparisons among cultures are vital to comparative humanities, majors are also required to attain at least an intermediate standing in a foreign language (ancient or modern) to enhance their cultural understanding and the ability to think and communicate effectively in a global society. This can be satisfied by taking the fourth course in any Bucknell foreign language sequence or by studying abroad in an immersion environment.
Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad, particularly in challenging or unusual locations. Recent student destinations include Ghana, China, and Austria. The Comparative Humanities Program also teams with the Department of Classics to co-sponsor a three-week summer program in Greece and Turkey.
In addition to the foreign-language requirement, the major incorporates these elements.
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