Humanities

ENGLISH

Writing and critical reading are essential elements of the English curriculum. In the junior and senior years, students choose from courses that emphasize college-level analysis and writing. Students who are not native English speakers take regular English classes along with any necessary ELL courses.

Juniors and seniors choose one 11/12 course per semester.

2024-2025 English Courses

English Language Learner (ELL) is offered as needed.

🌱  fulfills a Cumberland Scholars requirement

HISTORY

Students are required to complete Historical Studies, Global Studies, and U.S. History or Place-Based American Studies before graduation. Classes make extensive use of original documents. Regular analytical writing assignments include document-based essays. In History 10, students learn how to draw a map of the world and participate in simulation-based learning. U.S. History students complete a major research paper in the second semester. One-semester electives available to juniors and seniors involve a significant number of analytical papers and other writing assignments and use original documents, anthologies, and film in exploring the course topics.

2024-2025 History Courses

🌱  fulfills a Cumberland Scholars requirement

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Prior to graduating, seniors explore religion as a phenomenon common to humanity and develop tools for the study of any religious tradition. They learn language and method for theological thinking with particular emphasis on the religions birthed of the Abrahamic tradition. Through seminars, essay writing, and research projects, students reflect on the theoretical material presented. At the conclusion of the course, each student articulates a personal creedal statement in light of a full year's experience examining the phenomenon of religion. 

2024-2025 Religion Courses

In addition to Introduction to Religious Studies, SAS offers elective opportunities for Bible study, and baptism and confirmation preparation..

Humanities Faculty

Malia Carlos

Malia Carlos

Class of 1987
Titles: Fort Chair in Writing, Humanities Department Co-Chair, 10th Grade Level Program Lead, Mind*Body*Exercise
Degrees: New England College, MFA in Poetry
UMass Amherst, MEd in Secondary English Education
Tufts University, BA in English
St. Andrew's-Sewanee School, '87
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School: 931.598.5651
Kinion Asmus

Kinion Asmus

Titles: Humanities, Art History, 8th Grade Class Coordinator, Textile Arts, Adventure Cycling, Literary Magazine
Degrees: B.A., Sewanee: The University of the South
M.A., Bowling Green State University
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School: 931.598.5651 ext. 1017

Scott Bennett

Titles: Technology Coordinator, Assistant Tennis Coach
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Nicholas Ercole

Nicholas Ercole

Titles: Humanities, Assistant Boys' Varsity Basketball Coach
Degrees: Ph.D., American University 2016
M.A., American University 2009
B.A., George Mason University 2006
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Kira Lomeli

Kira Lomeli

Titles: Humanities, MS Volleyball Co-Head Coach
Degrees: M.F.A., Queens University of Charlotte
B.A., University of the South
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John Phillips

Titles: Dean of Students
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Tracy Randolph

Tracy Randolph

Titles: Humanities, Writing Center, Conduct Council
Degrees: B.S. Public Relations, Middle Tennessee State University
M.Ed., Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
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School: 931.598.5651 ext. 1018
Michael Short

Michael Short

Titles: Outdoor Education & Place-Based Learning Coordinator, Humanities, Mountain Biking (Co-Head), Outdoor Adventure, 6th Grade Level Program Lead, Residential Faculty
Degrees: B.A. English and Environmental Studies, Furman University
M.Ed. English Language Arts, Wake Forest University
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School: 931.598.5651 ext. 1019
Molly Short

Molly Short

Titles: Chaplain, Residential Faculty, A.O.D (Thursday), Religion & Ethics
Degrees: B.S. Earth and Environmental Studies, Furman University
M.Div., Duke Divinity School
D.A.S., The School of Theology, The University of the South
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School: 931.463.2140

Tim Wallace

Titles: Humanities Department, Head Coach of Girls' Varsity Soccer
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Did you know that Sewanee is home to America’s oldest continuously published literary quarterly? The Sewanee Review was founded in 1872 and established Sewanee as a hub for literary activity. The Sewanee Review, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Young Writers' Conference, and the Sewanee School of Letters bring writers to the Mountain throughout the year for engaging lectures, talks, and workshops.