For centuries, the relationship between science and the humanities has been an uneasy one. C. P. Snow, a British physicist, famously commented on this tension in his lecture, The Two Cultures (1959), arguing that the rift between scientists and humanists prevented modern societies from solving many of their problems. But what happens when science and the humanities actually do come together at, say, a liberal arts college not unlike the one you are attending? What happens when pre-med students read Shakespeare? When art majors take a lab science? When we use computer code to map history? In this seminar, we’ll consider such questions and investigate the evolving relationship between science and the humanities as part of a larger quest to understand what it means to be a student of the liberal arts. To aid us in this quest, we’ll turn to the work of scientists, philosophers, novelists, and artists; hear from professors across a variety of disciplines at W&J; and take the occasional trip beyond the borders of campus.