The Humanities, properly understood, encompass all forms of human self-expression aimed at communication with others. Spoken language, music, written language of all genres, drama, visual arts, architecture, and more recently film and digital arts, have evolved in constant interaction with one another and in concert with technological developments and advances, and can only be fully understood in relation to one another.
The Humanities program at The Hill, uses "greatest jewels" of human creative and intellectual accomplishment, as the foundation from which the students as citizens of a rapidly changing 21st century global community will venture farther afield in both space (beyond the traditionally defined West) and time (to study contemporary creative works) while looking ahead to anticipate the adult world they are about to inherit.Humanities 3 and 4 together are designed to guide students as they attain the sophisticated levels of both critical and creative thinking that are the foundation of effective, lucid and compelling oral and written articulation of their own understanding, analysis and appreciation. These are the “skills” at the core of the Humanities program at The Hill, as they are throughout the liberal arts curriculum. It is the means to those ends that make the Humanities program at The Hill different; those skills are developed in response to and interaction with the “best” of human creation.
Within the evirons of the Levis '45 * Alexandre '75 Center for the Humanities, students enrolled in Humanities 3 and 4 will write on a daily basis, while exploring a wide range of genres and rhetorical methods and techniques as both critics and practitioners themselves. Students must be prepared to be challenged daily within an active, interdisciplinary, student-centered learning environment. This course requires summer preparatory work, which includes, reading, writing, and experiential activities.
Humanities 3 AP English Language (College Level)
Fifth form Humanities 3 AP is the first year of a two-year sequence of courses. It prepares students for the CEEB Advanced Placement Examination in AP English Language and Composition.
Humanities 3 students will explore rhetorical masters spanning from Prospero in the Tempest to such diverse characters as Jonathan Swift, Abraham Lincoln, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Annie Dillard.
Humanities 4 AP English Literature (College Level)
Sixth form Humanities 4 AP is the second year of a two-year sequence of courses. It prepares students for the CEEB Advanced Placement Examination in AP English Literature and Composition.
Humanities 4 students will explore the critical concepts of “genius” “greatness” and “excellence” through their encounters with the Illiad and Hamlet as well as Michelangelo and Beethoven, and a variety of modern, contemporary, and global authors, artists, and cultural phenomena.