Humanities—Overview (US)

Requirements: 7 credits, 4 of which must be English and 3 history
Chair: Nicholas Michalopoulos
Reading lists are subject to change.

Maret’s humanities courses explore the human condition in a variety of forms, including literature, history, art, psychology, anthropology, economics, philosophy, religion, and film. The Humanities Department strives to broaden and deepen students’ understanding of the universality of ideas, themes, and images, while emphasizing the unique qualities of individual works and events. 

The range of courses meets the needs of students with varied backgrounds, interests, and abilities. Careful reading; crisp, clear writing; critical thinking; research; and articulate speaking are the goals of every course. Students will:
•    Improve reading comprehension, interpretation, analysis, and synthesis
•    Develop clear, persuasive, accurate, and imaginative ways of writing
•    Engage in critical thinking through close analysis, rigorous questioning, and lively debate
•    Practice public speaking through discussion, debate, speeches, and oral presentations

The Humanities Department encourages respectful in-class dialogue and advocates creative approaches to analysis, writing, and problem-solving.

Requirements: Seven humanities credits are required for graduation, four of which must be English and three of which must be history. Most students accrue eight or nine credits. Of these, English 9, History 9, English 10, and US History are required for every student.

In all courses, students are expected to write frequently and at length, through journals, short essays (1–2 pages), and longer analytic or interpretive essays (5–10 pages). English 10, US History, and most electives require at least one substantial research paper. All electives expand on the core skills acquired through tenth grade. Electives typically require students to engage in a variety of assessments, including diverse forms of writing, presentation, and varied depths of research. In certain electives, students conduct lengthier, original research projects and present them as part of Maret’s Capstone on the last day of school.

Students confer with their advisors before deciding upon electives that are appropriate to their interests and needs.



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