(Freshman and Sophomore Years, fall and spring semesters, 2 credits each)
This series of four courses is an introduction to the nature of language. Necessary to all disciplines, the course includes a study of figures in language (such as symbol, myth, and allegory) as well as practice in writing. It is always offered in conjunction with the Humanities course of the semester, permitting freshmen and sophomores to become familiar, in word and in writing, with the vocabulary necessary for engaging in the discourse of the intellectual life.
The workshop is offered with the understanding that knowledge cannot be separated from language, nor can language be separated from the reality it expresses. Therefore, the students write and often deliver papers on topics taken from the Humanities course. Class time is used to discuss substantive topics. Where necessary, technical help is given to students in careful editing of papers and in individual meetings with the tutor.