Course Offerings | Humanities

Division of Humanities

Jane Joyce (chair), Robert Colter, Brian Cooney, Ruben Dupertuis, Helen Emmitt, Tony Haigh, Barbara Hall, Ken Keffer, William Levin, Mark Lucas, Daniel Manheim, Thomas McCollough, Jennifer McMahon, James Morrison, Mark Rasmussen, Milton Reigelman, Sarah Stoycos, Marianne Ward, Philip White, Lisa Williams, Ian Wilson



No major or minor is offered in this program, but elective courses in humanities are offered from time to time on a variety of topics. HUM 110 or 111 and 120 or 121 are required for graduation and are normally taken in the freshman year.



Humanities Courses

HUM 110 Introduction to Humanities-I
A study of literature, philosophy, and the fine arts in classical Greek and Roman civilization with special attention given to ethical and aesthetic values. Emphasis is placed on writing, analysis, and discussion.

HUM 111 Expository Writing and Humanities-I (four credit hours)
A variant of HUM 110 designed to provide additional instruction and practice in all forms of expository writing.

HUM 120 Introduction to Humanities-II
A selected study of literature, music, and the fine arts from the medieval period onward, with special attention given to ethical and aesthetic values. Emphasis is placed on writing, analysis, and discussion. Prerequisite: HUM 110 or 111.

HUM 121 Expository Writing and Humanities-II (four credit hours)
A variant of HUM 120 designed to provide additional instruction and practice in all forms of expository writing. A passing grade in this course satisfies the basic skills requirement in expository writing. Prerequisite: HUM 110 or 111.


Special Topics Offered 2002-2003

HUM 200 French Cinema Versus Hollywood
A comparative study of French and American film history. Conducted in Strasbourg.

HUM 258 Life in Merida
Experiential learning through community projects and language and culture immersion, as encountered in Merida, Mexico, as well as trips outside Merida. In-class lecture, discussion, film viewings, and readings on such diverse topics as the Conquest, the Mexican Corrido, New World realities as reflected in the Latin American short story, and the history of Cuba.

HUM 260 Picasso and Stravinsky: A Step Ahead
The defining geniuses of the first part of the 20th century in art and music, Picasso and Stravinsky, were strong personalities and original minds who developed many of the artistic styles and trends of their time. This course looks at the origins of their styles, their innovations and influences as well as at specific works of both artists. A trip to New York City offers the opportunity for museum visits and concert/ballet attendance.

HUM 261 Rainmaking: The Study of and Preparation for Leadership
This course will acquaint the student with the literature associated with leadership studies. Students are exposed to a variety of authors, and have the opportunity to study and report on a 20th-century leader of his or her choice. The class will feature several guest speakers (leaders in practice) from a variety of fields, and will include at least one field trip to explore the work of a leader in his or her workplace. (Not open to students with credit for FRS 118.)

HUM 262 Beginning Russian
An introductory course in Russian language and culture. Students develop fundamental skills in speaking, reading, listening, and writing in contemporary Russian using authentic materials based in real-life situations.

HUM 263 Women and Spirituality
Although we will spend some time studying passages in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, for the most part our work will involve theoretical, imaginative, and practical writings by contemporary women. These women writers (who, not coincidentally, represent both the white middle class and different races and ethnic groups), have critically examined traditional religious texts and practices, and in some cases, have formulated spiritual alternatives celebrating women and their traditional activities/functions. Students should finish the course with a solid overview of various feminist perspectives on religion.