CAL 105 - Knowledge, Nature, Culture

The College of Arts and letters Colloquium in Knowledge, Nature and Culture is designed to introduce students to the humanistic disciplines of history, literature, philosophy, social sciences, and the arts in sophisticated, rigorous, and relevant ways.  

This course provides students with an understanding of the continued importance of these disciplines in contemporary society for individuals in all fields of study. The course is also designed to prepare students for the sorts of intellectual debates and discussions that frequently take place in college classrooms.


Texts within this course span the disciplines of literature, history, philosophy, and the social sciences.  Some samples include Sophocles' Anitgone, Shakespeare's The Tempest, and Melville's "Bartleby, The Scrivener." 


Instruction of the Colloquium in Knowledge, Nature, and Culture is a joint effort shared by full-time professors in many of the humanities disciplines.  Specialists in philosophy, literature, history, and the social sciences all teach sessions of Knowledge, Nature, and Culture, and though their approaches may be different, each course follows a common syllabus, which ensures that all freshmen will be experiencing the same texts at the same time, thus fostering discussion and debate outside of the classroom as well.