Alienation from the Collective is always a duty -- W.H. Auden
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Why Humanities? See here.
All Peabody students will be required to fulfill 30 credits of Humanities courses. The majority of Peabody students will enroll in a two-year Core Curriculum (12 credits); students must receive a C+ or better in a required Core course (see Core Requirements and Courses page to your left). Students may petition the Humanities to substitute designated courses at Homewood or other institutions in place of the Core Curriculum. Students needing intense writing instruction will take 6 credits of Writing Intensive before beginning the Core Curriculum. A regular rotation of electives (including languages) will be offered by the Humanities Department to meet the additional credit requirements
In their third and fourth years (or earlier), students will take the appropriate number of Humanities courses to reach 30 credits. At least one of these courses (or 3 credits) must be a class at the .300 level, which indicates that the course engages with secondary literature or requires a substantial research paper. While students may take some courses at Homewood or elsewhere, Peabody’s Humanities Department will provide a rich and rigorous menu of courses designed specifically for Peabody students. U.S. History and Introduction to Psychology, are required by the Music Education Department, and will accordingly be a staple of the curriculum.
The Language Program will offer full-year 6-credit courses in French I, German I, and Italian I, as well as German II, to meet the requirements of Peabody Voice Majors. Language courses at Peabody will be focused primarily on language acquisition. Languages may be taken as electives to meet Humanities requirements after completion of the Core Curriculum. See Languages.
All Peabody undergraduates are encouraged to fulfill their humanities requirement with courses offered in the School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. (Click here for registration information.)
Departmental Attendance Policy
Attendance is essential to student success in our classes. Students with excessive absences cannot pass our courses. Students are advised to withdraw from a class rather than fail due to poor attendance.
Beginning in 2017, this is the attendance policy for all Peabody Humanities classes:
For classes meeting once/week, students with four absences fail the course. (No distinctions are made between excused and unexcused absences.)
For classes meeting twice/week, students with six absences fail the course. (No distinctions are made between excused and unexcused absences.)
For classes meeting three times/week, students with eight absences fail the course. (No distinctions are made between excused and unexcused absences.)
Individual instructors will explain how their specific course rules abide by this policy.