While there is no expectation of shared readings across sections, all FHS courses will examine some of the works that have been significant in shaping human perceptions of the world. Each section engages one or more critical themes such as the notion of the self, the community, individual and communal values, modes of understanding, and creative expression.
Although these courses are not intended to be introductions to any particular discipline in the humanities, different FHS sections might nonetheless tend more toward the philosophical, the political, the historical, or some other approach reflecting the professor's expertise. The course materials typically include a diversity of media, among which are written texts, music, film, and the visual arts.
Courses will appear on students' transcripts and in the Schedule of Classes under their individualized titles (e.g., FHS 10: Myth, Modernity, and Beyond or FHS 10: War and Society).
Incoming students are asked to familiarize themselves with all FHS sections and to identify those that most appeal to them by using the survey tool found on the New Student Portal. Based on student surveys, we will seek to place all students in one of their preferred sections either in the fall or the spring. Because the entire incoming class will be distributed in equal numbers across all the scheduled sections, students should submit their surveys by August 1 to improve their chances of getting their highest ranked classes. Every first-year CMC student is required to take one FHS course either in the spring or fall.