Living/Learning Center Programs

The University of Vermont


Integrated Humanities Program


(Note: This is a residential TAP program and is open only to incoming students in the College of Arts and Sciences.)



Integrated Humanities Program:

Understanding the Western Tradition


2003 marked the 25th year anniversary of the Integrated Humanities Program (IHP). It is the oldest continuing first-year interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Vermont. IHP courses include Western Literature, History, and Religion/Philosophy. The highly esteemed professors work together to ensure continuity in course material in the exploration of influential texts, great thinkers, and expansive philosophies. IHP is a residential program where students typically live together for their first year. It is limited to 30 students. This size provides multiple opportunities for active group participation as well as individual attention and learning. It is the goal of the program that students acquire a solid foundation in the humanities as well as develop a deep and intimate understanding of the material. IHP alumni have gone on to study medicine, law, journalism, communication, and foreign relations, as well as other disciplines within the liberal arts. For more detailed information please visit our web page, or contact us via email: or by phone: 802-656-4383. Students wishing to enroll in the program are strongly encouraged to apply online. 

IHP students take the following courses:

English 027, 028           Literature of the

Computer Number 91805 Western Tradition
Fall & Spring

This course offers students the opportunity to read major authors and great
books in the Western literary tradition, including works from Homer to James Joyce. The first semester focuses on the ancient world with readings drawn from Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Plato, Sappho, Virgil, Dante, and Shakespeare. The second semester deals with the modern world from the Enlightenment to the 20th Century with readings drawn from Moliere, Goethe, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Ibsen, Mann, Kafka, Joyce, and Woolf.

Requirements Satisfied: Literature
Meets: ENG 027 Fall: Tuesday, Thursday 12:30-1:45
       ENG 028 Spring: Tuesday, Thursday 12:30-1:45
Professor Thomas Simone Contact: 802-656-4383

Professor Annika Jung-Baruth Contact: 802-656-1139

History 013 Ideas in Western Tradition

Computer Number 90631

This course introduces the Western intellectual tradition.  It places masterworks of ancient Greece and Rome in their historical context, and considers such themes as the role of epic in oral tradition; ancient conceptions of time, tradition, and history; the political ideals of Greek democracy and Roman republicanism; and ancient notions about personal and social identity. Readings include the epic of Gilgamesh; pre-Socratic
philosophy; the histories of Herodotus, Thucydides, and Livy; Greek and Roman satires; and essays by Cicero, Seneca, and St. Augustine. The class is combination lecture/class discussion. 

Requirements Satisfied: Humanities
Meets: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30-3:20

Professor Barbara Saylor Rodgers Contact: 802-656-4607

History 014 Ideas in Western Tradition

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This course introduces the Western intellectual tradition from the end of the Middle Ages through the early twentieth century. It centers on the reading and discussion of major works by Machiavelli, More, Montaigne, Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Voltaire, Marx, Darwin, and Freud. The class is combination lecture/class discussion. 

Requirements Satisfied: Humanities
Meets: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:15-12:05

Professor James Overfield Contact: 802-656-4513

Professor Patrick Hutton, Emeritus

Religion 027, 028         Introduction to

Computer Number 90943 the Study of Religion                 
Fall, Spring

Fall: The Roots of Self-Knowledge in the Greek and Biblical Worlds

Spring: Religion, Philosophy, and the Human Condition in the Modern World

Study of religious and philosophical thought in Western culture from Hebraic and Greek antiquity to the present. The class is combination lecture/class discussion.

Requirements Satisfied: Humanities

Meets: REL 027 Fall - Tuesday,Thursday 9:30-10:00
       REL 028 Spring Tuesday,Thursday 9:30-10:00
Professor Richard Sugarman Contact: 802-656-4383



How to Apply:


Representatives of the Living/Learning Center will be present during Admitted Student Visit Days in April and during New Student Orientation in June. However, if you know that you are interested in living in the Living/Learning Center and wish to enroll in this class, we encourage you to apply now.


Apply on-line: