Faculty of Humanities

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Studying the Humanities at Brock provides students with a world of opportunity. Explore cultural, intellectual, and artistic ideas from ancient times and worlds to the present, and in the process, watch as your critical thinking, problem-solving and communications skills flourish. Learn what makes us human, and how to become better humans in the process.

Welcome from the Faculty of Humanities

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Meet your Advisor —
Michael Gicante

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Department of Classics

Classics

Classics presents an integrated study of the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome in order to better understand the origins of many contemporary artistic and literary traditions and social institutions. In Classics, we examine ancient languages, history, art and archaeology in ways that allow you to engage with the ancient world first-hand.

Our extensive experiential opportunities range from language classes to curatorial and archaeological experiences at Brock and overseas. In the summer, we offer courses on archaeological excavations and study tours in the Mediterranean region to explore ancient art and culture directly.

Our Classics community

Video Interview with Dr Allison Glazebrook

Check out our Classics presentation

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Ancient Art and Archaeology

  • One credit from CLAS 1P91, 1P92, 1P93, 1P94, 1P95, 1P97
  • GREE 1F00 or LATI 1F00
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • one elective credit

Learn more at the Web Calendar

Classical Civilization

  • One credit from CLAS 1P91, 1P92, 1P94, 1P95, 1P97
  • one credit from CLAS, GREE or LATI
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • one elective credit

Learn more at the Web Calendar

Greek and Roman Studies

  • One credit from CLAS 1P91, 1P92, 1P94, 1P95, 1P97
  • GREE 1F00
  • LATI 1F00
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit

Learn more at the Web Calendar

Department of English Language and Literature

English Language and Literature

Our programs combine academic study with unique practical experience in critical thinking and writing. Courses explore literature from Britain, the United States and Canada, as well as works written in English from all over the world.

We offer programs in English Language and Literature, English and Contemporary Culture, English and Creative Writing and uWriting, Rhetoric and Discourse Studies.

CHECK OUT OUR English Language and Literature PRESENTATION

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English Language and Literature / English and Creative Writing

  • One of ENGL 1F91, 1F95 and 1F97
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • one Humanities elective credit
  • one elective credit

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English Language and Literature / English and Creative Writing

  • One of ENGL 1F91, 1F95 and 1F97
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • one Humanities elective credit
  • one elective credit

Learn more at the Web Calendar

Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse Studies

  • ENGL 1F95
  • WRDS 1F90
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one Social Sciences credit
  • one elective credit

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Department of History

History

History is at the heart of every educated citizen. To understand the present and prepare for the future, one must learn about the past.

At Brock, History is much more than memorizing facts and dates — it involves exploring changes and continuities in bygone societies, cultures and peoples. The study of History entails following your interests and curiosities, evaluating and interpreting evidence, as well as formulating logical arguments based on that evidence.

What’s going on in History at Brock?

Check out our videos below for a taste of some of the interesting happenings in the Department of History at Brock.

Looking for a little bit of historical fun?

Check out this student-produced historically-themed game on the Icelandic Sagas.

Wondering what to expect in a history course?

Check out the trailers below for a number of exciting programs in the Department of History.

History

  • One credit from HIST 1F90, 1F92, 1F95, 1F96, 1P90, 1P91, 1P94, 1P97
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • two elective credits

Learn more at the Web Calendar

History Co-op

  • HIST 1P50
  • one credit from HIST 1F90, 1F92, 1F95, 1F96, 1P90, 1P91, 1P94, 1P97
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one and one-half elective credits

Learn more at the Web Calendar

History and Labour Studies

  • One credit from HIST 1F90, 1F92, 1F95, 1F96, 1P90, 1P91, 1P94, 1P97
  • one LABR credit number 1 (alpha)90 to 1 (alpha)99
  • one Sciences context credit
  • two elective credits

Learn more at the Web Calendar

Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

“Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people”.
— Solzhenitsyn

Check out our Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures presentation

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French Studies

We offer courses in French language, translation and linguistics, as well as courses on literature from French-speaking countries around the world.

Culture and civilization courses highlight the painting, architecture, music and historical events that appeared along with literary texts throughout the centuries in France. We offer a variety of opportunities to study in a French-speaking milieu, including short-term spring and summer courses in Quebec.

French Studies

  • FREN 1F90
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • two elective credits

Learn more at the Web Calendar

German

The Minor in German offers courses from beginner to advanced levels, in which students develop comprehension and writing skills, as well as practice the spoken language.

Courses in literature, film, and culture and civilization are also offered, as well as a course designed for students who will participate in exchanges to Germany. Studying in the Humanities provides you with optimal choice. You will apply to a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities – Faculty of Humanities, and may choose your major program after having the opportunity to explore various courses in first year.

Hispanic and Latin American Studies

This program is offered as a combined major. It offers a strong focus on Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking cultures. Spanish and Portuguese have become very popular language choices and are increasingly in demand in today’s global economy.

You’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of these major world regions and have the opportunity to explore your own disciplinary and thematic interests. Our courses integrate lectures with online modules, small group tutorials and opportunities to apply concepts to real-life situations via internships and community outreach.

Spanish Combined Major

  • SPAN 1F00 or 1F90
  • one credit from the co-major discipline
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • one elective credit

Learn more at the Web Calendar

Italian Studies

This program is offered as a combined major. Develop written and spoken competence in Italian and discover the rich and vast world of Italian culture. A variety of language courses are offered from beginner to advanced, including translation theory and practice, Italian regionalism and language teaching.

We also offer courses in Italian literature, culture, cinema, art and architecture (some in English). You’ll be exposed to great writers, artists and filmmakers such as Dante, Petrarch, Machiavelli, Pirandello, Eco, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Fellini and Bertolucci.

Italian Studies

  • ITAL 1F00 or 1F90
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • two elective credits

Learn more at the Web Calendar

Combined Major

  • ITAL 1F00 or 1F90
  • one credit from the co-major discipline
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • one elective credit

Learn more at the Web Calendar

Department of Philosophy

Philosophy

Philosophy, defined as the pursuit of wisdom, encompasses the exploration of the nature of reality, consciousness, values, knowledge, reason, argument and evidence. You’ll study not only the primary texts of the Western philosophical tradition, but also major texts of Indian and Chinese thought.

You’ll learn to be critical, reflective, thoughtful, skeptical, affirmative, knowledgeable, and, of course, wise. You’ll become a decision-maker, well trained for a variety of vocations, including law, public service and policy.

Meet Our Students — Victoria Galvao

Victoria Galvao completed both an undergraduate BA degree and a graduate MA degree in Philosophy here at Brock. She is currently living in the UK and working on a PhD. Meet Victoria and hear why she’s passionate about the Humanities at Brock!

Philosophy

  • One of PHIL 1F90, 1F91, 1F93, 1F94, 1F95, 1F96 (see program note 1)
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • two elective credits

Learn more at the Web Calendar

Centre for Canadian Studies

Canadian Studies

Canadian Studies is offered as a combined major. As a Canadian Studies co-major, you’ll confront the intersection of Canada’s rich history with culture, cultural policy, politics, economics and geography. Our courses explore Canada from many angles. We take advantage of our geographic position to explore the impact of the border on culture and trade in Canada.

Canadian Studies students are in demand at home and abroad. Here in Canada, your skills are urgently needed to communicate with international businesses, politicians, tourists, and more. Your knowledge is sought after in the fields of education, law and the civil service.

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Canadian Studies

  • CANA 1F91
  • one POLI credit numbered 1(alpha)90 to 1(alpha)99
  • one credit from the co-major discipline (see program note 2)
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one elective credit

Learn more at the Web Calendar

Canadian Studies and French

  • CANA 1F91
  • FREN 1F90
  • one POLI credit numbered 1(alpha)90 to 1(alpha)99
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit

Learn more at the Web Calendar

Centre for Digital Humanities

The Centre for Digital Humanities is home to Brock’s Interactive Arts and Science (IASC) program and the GAME program, the latter in partnership with the Department of Computer Science and Niagara College.

We offer courses to Brock students interested in the study and production of interactive media within and beyond the Faculty of Humanities. Our programs teach students how interactive and digital media impact our everyday lives while providing hands-on experience with cutting-edge tools. Throughout our programs students work closely with a network of industry partners through various experiential learning opportunities, including real-world, collaborative, project-based production studio courses, internships, and our student capstones.

Our dedicated facilities are open to students 24/7 and are equipped with industry-standard tools. Fully renovated and updated in 2016, the lab includes the following features:

  • 24 dual monitor workstations with uninterruptible power supplies and Wacom Intuos Pro tablets;
  • Windows 10, DirectX 12 capable workstations with Nvidia Quadro video cards;
  • Professional interactive media and design software from Adobe, Autodesk, Unity and more;
  • Multiple generations of playtesting and research video game consoles plus two HD widescreen televisions;
  • Online accessible software version control repositories for student projects;
  • Collaborative and configurable meeting and workspace areas integrated directly into the environment.

Learn more about our facilities

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Game Design

Video games are an increasingly important part of contemporary life and entertainment, and Brock’s GAME program prepares students to lead and collaborate in the creation of games.
You’ll design dynamic experiences, create compelling game art, manage the production process and formulate the mechanics that make games work.

GAME is offered concurrently at Brock and Niagara College. The program provides opportunities to explore the game space from every angle. You’ll look at the creative and cultural context of games; the history of games, game platforms and design; and production paradigms. You’ll also examine core issues that surround games, such as play, agency, narrative, dynamics and immersion.

Meet one of our students — AGUSIA KRZYWINSKA

Students in the Game Programming BSc and Game Design BA programs work closely together throughout their degree. Meet one of our BSc students and learn more about their program and experiences here.

Game Design

  • APCO 1P00
  • CPCF 1F25
  • IASC 1P04, 1P05 and 1P06
  • BTGD 1P10/9810, 1P11/9811, 1P20/9820 and 1P22/9822 (Niagara College courses)

Learn more at the Web Calendar

Interactive Arts and Science

Explore the world of interactive media, games and new models of content creation and delivery.

Students interested in media design and creation can access courses in visual arts and theatre; those wanting to learn programming can choose options in applied computing; and those interested in the possibilities of narrative can pursue courses in English, Film and popular culture. Qualified fourth-year students participate in the program’s capstone production course, bringing together design, art, story, interaction and production in a fully developed interactive media product.

Interactive Arts and Science

  • IASC 1F01 and 1F02
  • one IASC credit numbered 1(alpha)00 to 1(alpha)99
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit

Learn more at the Web Calendar

Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

This program is offered as a combined major. The focus is on the period from Late Antiquity to the 17th century. It draws from many different disciplines and emphasizes interrelations among art, architecture, history, literature, music and thought. You’ll develop the skills and habits of critical inquiry, analysis, argument and expression.

Course offerings range from the end of the Roman world to Renaissance Italy, from Byzantium to Iceland, and from the reading of Latin literature to the analysis of Chaucer, Dante and Shakespeare, among many others, as well as the music, art and architecture of the period.

Check out our Medieval and Renaissance Studies presentation

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Medieval and Renaissance Studies

  • MARS 1F90
  • one credit from co-major
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • one elective credit

Learn more at the Web Calendar

General Humanities

Our BA in General Humanities is designed to allow you to pursue a more flexible selection of courses, with broad exposure to courses from across all of our Faculties.

At the same time, the degree provides the opportunity to focus on a particular area of study, with the majority of courses taken in disciplines within the Faculty of Humanities. You also have the option of including up to two minors in this degree.

General Humanities

  • one Humanities context credit
  • two Humanities elective credits
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit

Learn more at the Web Calendar

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