In a world more and more defined by technology and its interface with the liberal arts, mastering the skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century means making technology our tool rather than our master. The Hun School Computer Science Department offers introductory courses that are on the cutting edge of technology programming including web design and application creation.
Good literature, because of its thematic richness and levels of meaning, as well as the moral and ethical ambiguities it often expresses, is the ideal medium through which students can learn to analyze and synthesize complex information and form meaningful intellectual decisions and opinions. Justifying those findings effectively and succinctly, as well as manifesting depth of learning through a variety of well crafted presentations, both written and oral, is the primary goal of the English curriculum. A natural progression of this pedagogical philosophy is to have students gain genuine appreciation for great literature as well as the associated humanities and, ideally, to promote within the students a desire to emulate the literary masters. This disciplined approach to study prepares students for the rigors of college level reading and writing.
The English as a Second Language Department provides international students practice and fluency in English grammar and reading from the basics to more advanced usage. Courses not only allow practice in an immersive experience, but also provide a better understanding of American culture and norms through discussion based seminars and field trips.
History and Global Studies
History and Global Studies expose students to a broad framework of historic, geographic, social, and cultural perspectives, encompassing Western and non-Western experiences. The department presents history as a means of exploring vital questions of both historic and contemporary relevance. Students learn both independently and cooperatively, developing skills in problem solving and decision-making. Varied classroom activities give students opportunities to develop critical thinking and writing skills. Research and discussion are further enhanced by the use of materials made available through computer technology.
Because real-world problems are not discipline specific, the Interdisciplinary Studies Department encourages student preparation for an ever-changing world by offering courses that span academic disciplines. Through experiential and team-taught courses, students in Interdisciplinary Studies learn to collaborate across networks in solving problems, become innovative and creative, and access and analyze information in a real-world context.
The Department of Mathematics at The Hun School of Princeton creates an atmosphere that fosters active student participation in the learning process. Students are encouraged to think creatively while constructing ideas and solving problems. Incorporating the latest technology, students become critical thinkers and collaborate in small and large groups as they learn to think logically and critically.
Modern Language and Classics
In today’s increasingly global environment, world languages are essential to the intellectual and cultural development of all students. The Modern Language and Classics curriculum is designed to develop students’ modes of communication and acquaint them with other cultures. Toward this goal, the department offers a series of courses, some compulsory and some elective, in French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, and Latin. Class time focuses on writing, speaking, and listening skills in conjunction with grammar and culture. At the honors level, an appreciation of literature becomes increasingly important.
Arts education is essential for every student. The mission of the Performing Arts Department at The Hun School is to promote creative expression, communication skills, problem solving, and inventive thinking. Courses and extra-curricular activities are designed to foster lifelong appreciation through active participation in a variety of performing arts activities. It is through personal discovery and experimentation, coupled with consistent involvement in the arts that skills are developed, appreciations are formed, and creativity is encouraged. Musical, dance, and dramatic experiences expand students' horizons, develop creative and inventive thought, and provide unique experiences for self-revelation and reflection.
Science, the study of the natural world, provides a sense of order and wonder in the universe. It relies on creativity, curiosity, and healthy skepticism. Developments in science and technology, such as nuclear energy, genetic engineering, and organ transplants, result in complex social issues that must be intelligently addressed. As a result, students need to have a clear understanding of science and its methods. Laboratory investigations are included in all science courses in order to engage students in the exploration of questions about the natural world. Guest speakers, fieldwork, and experiential learning enrich the curriculum and encourage development of critical thinking skills that allow students to assess the benefits and risks inherent in modern technology.
Classes within the Visual Arts Department at The Hun School teach students to think like artists: how to explore the world with curiosity, adapt solutions to fit a variety of problems, and foster the passion to express themselves visually. Lessons offer technical skill building as well as knowledge of artists throughout history and cultures that relate to the specific coursework. Visual Art teachers work to present multiple strategies for encouraging creative expression from students. Each student is prompted to find their own creative voice both through their artwork and in speaking about art in class critiques. The Visual Art Department hopes students come away from each class inspired to create and with an appreciation of a wide range of artistic approaches that will last a lifetime.