The Baker-Nord Center periodically offers classes under the Humanities (HUMN) listing. These offerings are designed to supplement and support the hundreds of courses offered each semester by CWRU’s humanities departments and interdisciplinary programs. For additional information on each semester’s schedule and course prerequisites, please consult the Bulletin and the Student Information System (SIS).


HUMN-101: The Humanities Colloquium
This 1-credit hour pass/fail seminar is limited to first-year students in the Baker-Nord Scholars program. The colloquium fosters community and devleops independent research skills by introducing the Scholars to the best humanities resources on and around campus. The class places a strong emphasis on experiential learning, providing firsthand interactions with and special access to galleries, collections, archives and events at CWRU and partnering University Circle institutions.


HUMN-201: The Public Humanities
The course explores what the humanities look like *beyond* the walls of a university, including common careers for humanities majors that are research-based but non-academic, such as museum curation, public design, policy and advocacy, public health, and community engagement. Throughout the semester, students will work both individually and collaboratively towards projects that enhance the public humanities in greater Cleveland. Each semester, the topical focus of HUMN-201 changes, mirroring the annual theme of the Cleveland Humanities Festival. Past themes have included War (2016), Immigration (2017), Health (2018), and Nature (2019).


HUMN-305 / 405: Coding for the Humanites
This hyprid classroom provides an entry-level introduction to coding for the humanities. It is focused on the digital humanities concepts and skills researchers in fields like History, Religious Studies, and English use everyday, including: coding (Python), natural language processing (NLP), and machine learning. The course is essential for students designing new research projects as well as for those who would like to apply their humanities skills to careers where familiarity with basic coding is advantageous.