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Introduction to the Humanities Program

Director: Russell A. Berman

Associate Director: Ellen Woods

Affiliated Faculty:Jean-Marie Apostolidès (French and Italian), Shahzad Bashir (Religious Studies), Carl Bielefeldt (Religious Studies), Chris Bobonich (Philosophy), Philippe Buc (History), Scott Bukatman (Art and Art History), David Como (History), Charitini Douvaldzi (German Studies), Dan Edelstein (French and Italian), Shelley Fisher Fishkin (English), Charlotte Fonrobert (Religious Studies), Zephyr Frank (History), Michael Friedman (Philosophy),

Marisa Galvez (French and Italian),

Robert Harrison (French and Italian), Linda Hess (Religious Studies), Ian Hodder (Archaeology and Anthropology), Nadeem Hussain (Philosophy), Christian Kaesser (Classics), William Koski (Law), Helen Longino (Philosophy), Henry Lowood (University Libraries, German Studies), Marsh H. McCall, Jr. (Classics), Ian Morris (Classics), David Palumbo-Liu (Comparative Literature), Robert Proctor (History), Alice Rayner (Drama), Rob Reich (Political Science), Eric Roberts (Computer Science), Rob Robinson (German Studies), Janice Ross (Drama), Walter Scheidel (Classics), Helen Stacy (Law), Jennifer Summit (English), Blakey Vermeule (English), Barbara Voss (Archaeology and Anthropology), Ban Wang (Asian Languages), Amir Weiner (History), Bryan Wolf (Art and Art History), Tobias Wolff (English), Lee Yearley (Religious Studies), Yiqun Zhou (Asian Languages)

Lecturers: Lalaie Ameeriar,

Ahmed Alwishah, Rashida Braggs,

Renu Cappelli, Bill Carter,

Sarah Cervenak,

Anita Chan,

Kathleen Coll, Jon



Xinyu Dong,

Michael Feola, Sabrina Ferri, Melissa Ganz, James Genone, Gillian Goslinga,

Abby Heald,

Phillip Horky,

Michael Hunter, Jesse Kauffman,



, Laura Maguire, Michael McFall, Zena Meadowsong, Martina Meyer, Alice Petty,

Christy Pichichero,

Jennifer Rapp,

Uzma Rizvi,

Laurel Scotland-Stewart, Dana Sherry, Maya Soifer, Melissa Stevenson,

Anise Strong, Nicolas Tackett,

David Walter, Candace West, Gabriel Wolfenstein,

Joshua Wright

Department Offices: Sweet Hall, Second Floor

Mail Code: 94305-3068

Department Phone: (650) 723-0944


Web Site:

Courses offered by the Introduction to the Humanities Program have the subject code IHUM

, and are listed in the "Introduction to the Humanities Courses" section of this bulletin


Introduction to the Humanities offers courses that satisfy a three quarter General Education Requirement (GER) for first-year students. The purpose of the Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM) requirement is to build an intellectual foundation in the study of human thought, values, beliefs, creativity, and culture. Introduction to the Humanities courses enhance skills in analysis, reasoning, argumentation, and oral and written expression, thus helping to prepare students for more advanced work in the humanities, and for work in other areas.

The IHUM requirement may be satisfied in two ways:

  1. Introduction to the Humanities courses

    a one quarter, interdisciplinary course followed by a two quarter course sequence.

  2. The Program in Structured Liberal Education

    a three quarter, residence-based learning experience, which satisfies the IHUM requirement, both of the University Writing and Rhetoric requirements, and the General Education Requirement in the Humanities. For information on the program, see the "Structured Liberal Education" section of this bulletin.

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