Global Humanities & Critical Thought
Global Humanities & Critical Thought
The global humanities and critical thought major invites students to explore the theoretical and philosophical frameworks that have shaped human considerations of being, self, otherness, nation, consciousness, meaning, and truth. Students will read works by writers from Asia, the Americas, Europe, and Africa.
The mission of the global humanities and critical thought major is to familiarize students with texts that represent a range of cultural, national, intellectual, and historical traditions and contexts. It also seeks to build students’ facility in speaking and writing critically and analytically about those traditions and the relationships between them. Electives in the major explore those literary, philosophical, historical, religious, and artistic practices and innovations that have shaped or been shaped by the philosophies and theories introduced in the core courses.
A major in global humanities and critical thought prepares students for any career in which critical thinking and analysis is required, from law to politics to media to business and management. The major is also wonderful preparation for graduate study in literature and languages, law, business, education, and fine arts. Global humanities and critical thought majors might also wish to consider minoring or double majoring in computer science, dance, French, history, music, religious studies, sociology, Spanish, or studio art.
- Students will achieve solid proficiency in at least one language other than English, to the level needed to work with original texts in that language.
- Students will acquire knowledge of theoretical and philosophical texts representing a range of cultural, national, intellectual, and historical traditions and contexts.
- Students will be able to deploy their knowledge of theoretical and philosophical texts that represent a range of traditions through speaking and writing critically and analytically about those traditions and the relationships between them.
Germaine Thompson Professorship in French Studies
Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Mills Hall Room 328, 510.430.2215, firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Interests: Sixteenth to 18th centuries French literature with a strong interest in other periods, Orientalism 16th–18th centuries, Franco-Ottoman relationship 16th–18th centuries, cultural history and anthropology, changing awareness of motherhood and childhood 16th–18th centuries, folks tales 16th–18th centuries
Professor of Spanish and Spanish American Studies
Program Head, Spanish and Spanish American Studies
Mills Hall Room 333, 510.430.2356, email@example.com
Professional Interests: Contemporary Iberian and Latin American Cultures and Literatures, the avant-garde and interdisciplinary approaches to art and poetry, Hispanic poetry, Hispanic women writers, Hispanic theater, Hispanic-Jewish literature, US Latino literature, feminist critical theories
Jay A. Gupta
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Vera Long 117, 510.430.3342, firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Interests: Nineteenth-century European philosophy (particularly Hegel and Nietzsche); aesthetics; critical theory/political philosophy; philosophy of mind
Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Program Head of French and Francophone Studies
Mills Hall Room 326, 510.430.2212, email@example.com
Professional Interests: Nineteenth-century French literature, psychoanalysis and feminist critical theories, Caribbean and African francophone literatures
Faculty Administrative Assistant
Mills Hall 340, 510.430.2080, firstname.lastname@example.org