In pursuit of a true liberal arts education, the Division of Humanities seeks to combine coursework at YHC with opportunities for learning across subjects and across the world. The Division of Humanities sponsors trips within the United States and abroad in which students can both travel and receive class credit.
Art Tour of Italy - May 2012
Students studied Italian art, literature and culture while touring museums, cathedrals and historical monuments in many of Italy’s cultural and historical centers including Florence, Rome, Venice, Lucca, Pisa, Siena and Cinque Terre. To prepare for the excursion, students enrolled in a comprehensive course that enhanced their experience abroad. Through lectures, selected readings, class discussions and hands-on activities, the course provided students with an introduction to many aspects of Italian culture and history as well as helpful tips about traveling abroad. As part of the course, students learned to identify and evaluate important works of art and architecture of ancient Rome, the Italian Renaissance and the Baroque Period. Students also gained an appreciation of the value and influence Italian authors have had on literature by reading selections that directly related to the cities the group visited. Students studied works by a variety of American and Italian authors including Dante, Boccaccio, Virgil, Keats, Browning and Twain.
Click here to view the Italy Tour blog and find out more about the excursion.
A New England Tour of the American Renaissance - 2011
In our tour of New England, we visited the homes, archives and hang-outs of literary giants including Henry David Thoreau, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. We explored the location that nurtured American Romanticism, Transcendentalism and reform movements, such as Abolition and Women’s Rights. To understand the world which produced some of this nation’s most enduring authors, we wandered the shores of Walden Pond, combed through manuscripts at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester and roamed the Boston campus of influential Harvard University.