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School of Humanities and Social Science

Course XXI -- Humanities

Course XXI is divided into six majors: XXI-A (Anthropology), XXI-F (Foreign Languages and Literatures), XXI-H (History), XXI-L (Literature), XXI-M (Music and Theater Arts), and XXI-W (Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies). There are few students in each of the majors.


One of the smallest major on campus, there are currently three students in the Anthropology program, two of whom are joint majors. “Usually there are two or so” UROPs every term, according to Science, Technology, and Society Administrative Staff Assistant Phyllis R. Klein.

“Some [students] go on to further training in graduate school or law school or medical school,” Klein said.

Foreign Languages and Literatures

FLL offers Chinese (Mandarin), English as a Second Language, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Literature classes in this department are offered both in English and the original language, according to Andrew B. Sweet, Administrative Assistant in FLL. There are two majors, two joint majors, and 71 minors currently in course XXI-F.

“This semester we have about nine UROPs,” Sweet said, and the number of professors offering UROPs is usually between two and six. In general, tutors are assigned for each language; for students in classes without tutors, instructors also tutor students during office hours.

Of the 25 full and associate professors and lecturers, over half are female, and the professors come from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Also, “the department offers information on a full range of study abroad programs,” Sweet said.


Three full majors, two joint majors, and one double major make up the students currently majoring in XXI-H. There are seven students currently working on UROPs in the department, according to Mabel Chin, administrative assistant in History.

“Our major is intentionally broad; it certainly leaves room for students if they wanted to concentrate in a certain field where they focus their classes on a certain area,” Chin said. Classes look at the americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East; there are also classes in Africa, Latin America, and Comparative History.


There are currently five double majors, one triple major, eight full majors, and three joint majors in the Literature department, according to Senior Secretary Briony G. Keith. Although students who conduct a concentration in XXI-L are required to pick a specific discipline (for instance, poetry or American literature), major students are given more freedom. Of the fourteen full-time faculty members, about one-third are women.

“A good number” of XXI-L graduates go on to graduate school, according to Keith. While UROPs in the major have traditionally been nonexistent, this trend is “about to change,” Keith said. This term there are about three UROPs.

Music and Theater Arts

Students in XXI-M have the option of either majoring in Music or Theater Arts. Although there aren’t specific sub-majors -- for instance, a piano or composition major -- students are given the chance to focus on whatever they want, according to Mary K. Cabral, administrative assistant in Music and Theater Arts. Theater Arts students can focus on production, writing, or acting, depending on what they want to do.

There is usually a maximum of two to three UROP students per semester, according to Cabral. There is no formal set up for tutoring. Of the thirty full and associate professors and lecturers, about one-third are women.

Writing and Humanistic Studies

The approximately one dozen students majoring in Course XXI-W as full, joint, or double majors have the opportunity to study either creative or expository writing and scientific or technical communication, according to Nicholas Altenbernd, administrative secretary for the Program in Writing.

Tutoring is available through the Writing and Communication Center. There are “very few UROP opportunities,” Altenbernd said.

Science, Technology, and Society

Although there are no sole majors in the program in Science, Technology, and Society, there are currently four joint majors in STS, and there is an option for double majoring.

“STS students... connect interest in social issues with their technical skills,” said Klein. Specific examples involved a student who later worked for a consulting company involved in setting up irrigation systems in African nations, and other students who received policy-related jobs in Washington, D.C. -- Jennifer Chung