Literature Humanities

Masterpieces of Western Literature and Philosophy has been part of the Core Curriculum of Columbia College for over seventy-five years.

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Explore the Literature

Literature Humanities’ or “Lit Hum,” is a series of careful readings of literary works that reward both first encounters and long study with the purpose of considering particular conceptions of what it means to be human as well as the place of such conceptions in the development of critical thought.  

Designed as a year-long course, it offers the opportunity to engage in intensive study and discussion of some of the most significant texts of Western culture. Explore the Fall and Spring semesters' works.