Course Offerings | Humanities

Division of Humanities

Helen Emmitt (chair), Robert Colter, Steve Csaki, Mary Daniels , Ruben Dupertuis, Steve Froehlich, Joan Haigh, Anthony Haigh, Barbara Hall, Jane Joyce, William Levin, Mark Lucas, Elizabeth MacNabb, Jennifer McMahon, James Morrison, Mark Rasmussen, Sarah Stoycos, Marianne Ward, Vessela Warner, 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 2004-2005

HUM 261 Rainmaking: 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 guest speakers (leaders in practice) from several 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 265 Music & Art in the Great Italian Cities
This study of art, architecture, and choral music culminates in a 11-day choral performance tour to Italy. The class will study the art and architecture that we will later see on site, and will rehearse music from the Renaissance to the 20th century for performance in churches and other venues. Prerequisite: Acceptance by audition into Centre Singers.

HUM 266 The Russian Capitals
While visiting the three cities that have served as Russia’s political, religious, and cultural capitals (St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Vladimir), students study Russian architecture, history, art, religion, and culture while developing a topic of their own choosing. Prerequisite: None but RUS 110 is encouraged.


HUM 267 Art of Walking in Europe

An inquiry into the picturesque and beautiful aspects of Europe through two means: 1) walks and hikes in town and countryside and 2) readings in philosophy, art and music; emphasis on the Rhine region in and around Strasbourg for the walks and on the 18th-century thinkers and artists William Hogarth, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Wolfgang A. Mozart, Wolfgang von Goethe, and Immanuel Kant for theories of beauty. Conducted in Strasbourg.

HUM 268 Modernism and Postmodernism in the Arts
A selected comparative study of major 20th- and 21st-century trends, movements and innovations in the performing, literary and visual arts. Special attention is given to the contemporary period and the interactions between art and society. Emphasis is placed on writing, analysis and discussion. Conducted in London. Prerequisite: HUM 120.

HUM 269 Elsaß, Alsace or Elsass: Forming a Modern Alsatian Identity
An introduction to the region of Alsace within the greater context of France and, to a lesser extent, that of modern Europe. Students spend three weeks exploring and studying Alsatian
culture: its history, art and architecture, language, cuisine, geography, demographics, and politics. Conducted in Strasbourg.

Catalog Home