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Human Experience

What is Human Experience?

It's a journey through time that creates cross-cultural communication and allows students to consider alternatives to the received wisdom of their own culture.

More practically, it's an interdisciplinary two-course sequence that forms the cornerstone of Eckerd College's general education program. All first year students are required to take it.

The courses introduce students to the integration of knowledge and enduring questions central to a liberal arts education. They are delivered in both lecture and discussion formats. 

How Students Grow

  • They come to recognize of the global context of our lives
  • They develop empathy and the ability to understand others through their perspective
  • They gain exposure to the arts, science and the humanities
  • They grapple with big questions:
    • What is justice?
    • What is truth?

Skills Students Sharpen

  • Critical thinking
  • Writing excellence
  • Oral communication
  • Informational literacy, including information technology
  • Integration of knowledge and disciplines

The Journey

Hammurabi Code

Students engage some of the influential works and ideas of Western civilization in a conversation with important works of non-Western civilizations.

They also listen to voices that have often gone unrecognized in traditional Western Civilization courses.