The gateway to learning.

Humanities

All freshmen begin with this year long course, team-taught by members of the English and history departments. This interdisciplinary course will explore the essential question of human nature and the diversity of human experience. You will engage with authentic, anchoring artifacts of literature, history, art, architecture, and religion drawn from the classical to early modern eras of Western civilization. This course is designed to give you foundational analytical skills and writing skills.

Year course. Freshman Humanities serves as a gateway course to learning at Cate and to Cate’s culture of inquiry. Multidisciplinary in nature and closely coordinated in execution, it follows the practices of the humanities by developing and exploring essential questions of human nature and the diversity of human experience in the historical eras of the past and in contemporary society. Specifically, students engage with authentic, anchoring artifacts of literature, history, art, architecture, and religion drawn from the classical to early modern eras of Western civilization. With an emphasis on disciplined student inquiry, meaningful discussion, oral presentations, creative and analytical writing, and research, this course builds the skills and knowledge that are needed for success in the freshman year and beyond.