Elaine Lac '16

comparative humanities & environmental studies

Elaine Lac '16

Where Culture and the Environment Intersect

"Learning about the past is one of the best ways to prepare for the future, so I believe my comparative humanities major is really enhancing my knowledge of how to preserve the environment."

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What do comparative humanities majors do after graduation?

Recent comparative humanities graduates' have gone on to:


  • Investment Analyst, Hamilton Lane
  • Public Relations Intern, Wyndham Worldwide
  • Research Technician, Georgia State University Language Research Center

Graduate School

  • City & Regional Planning, Cornell University
  • Global Politics, Durham University
  • Law, Emory University
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Research on the River

Rediscovering the River

Like the Susquehanna itself, whose two branches and many tributaries gather in a common course, Bucknell University educators and students from diverse disciplines are lending their talents to build a more complete historical picture of the river.

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Bucknell in Greece
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Insterested in studying in Greece and Turkey? Many of our students study abroad, including participating in the  three-week summer program "Bucknell in Greece and Turkey."

Beyond Bucknell

Insterested in studying in Greece and Turkey? Many of our students study abroad, including participating in the  three-week summer program "Bucknell in Greece and Turkey."

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Start with the Malesardi Quad, the heart of campus. The Quad is flanked by Vaughan Literature, Marts Hall and Coleman Hall, home to our humanities, languages and social sciences classrooms and faculty offices.  

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Blaze your own intellectual path. As a student of comparative humanities, you'll learn to integrate and explain ideas and analyze the diverse cultural products of our world.

Explore cultural traditions, history, literature, architecture and art from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Typical issues that our faculty & students explore:

What different things can we learn from a literary text, a historical document, a painting and the design of a building? How could we think about these different forms comparatively?

What happens when we translate a text into another language, and how do we think about what is "lost"?

Why does the West need the concept of the "modern" in order to understand its past when South Asian and East Asian cultures don't?

What do we really mean by the terms "Renaissance," "Reformation," "Scientific Revolution" and "Enlightenment"?

How did early Christians process the meaning of pagan philosophy and literature for their new faith?

How do neuroscientific and philosophical-cultural understandings of concepts like consciousness, free will and gender roles complement or oppose each other? What could they learn from each other?

What heroic qualities are shared by Gilgamesh of the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, Achilles of The Iliad and Rama of the Indian epic The Ramayana? What features distinguish these various 'heroes'?

What can we learn about a culture or a historical issue by exploring its archaeological and geographical remains?

How do we responsibly compare artifacts from different cultures or historical periods? What are the risks and rewards?

What has been the impact of Buddhism on postwar US culture, especially via the major writers of the Beat Generation -- Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder? Where do we see the influence of Buddhism in pop culture today?

Why does "place" matter?

How have societies through the ages deployed human sexuality?

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John Hunter

associate professor

John Hunter

"We look at questions like: How do you learn to deal with people who see education, business or raising children in a totally different way?"

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Katherine Faull


Katherine Faull

"More digital techniques are being integrated into the ways we teach, and Bucknell is a place of encounter between the disciplines. Our new technical capabilities inspire exploration across majors and departments."

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Hands-On Experience


Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects

Students in the comparative humanities can conduct independent scholarly research with a faculty mentor and produce their own creative projects. The program creates opportunities for student research, publication and conference presentations. In fact, a senior honors thesis is one of the requirements of the Humanistic Scholars Program.



Comparative Humanities students can gain career experience through summer internships. Recently, students have interned at:

  • The Phoenix (newspaper)
  • Youth Action International

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Bucknell In Greece and Turkey

The Bucknell "in" Summer Programs are short term programs constructed around a course or academic theme. These programs provide students with the opportunity to focus on key issues unique to the country or region where they are studying. In 2013 our students who signed up for "Greece and Turkey in the Anglo-American Imagination" traveled to ancient and modern sites, read selected sources, and wrote about their experiences.


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