Course Offerings | Humanities

Division of Humanities

John Kinkade (chair fall and Centreterm), Helen Emmitt (chair spring term), Anthony Haigh, Jane Joyce, William Levin, Nathan Link, Mark Lucas, Elizabeth MacNabb, Dan Manheim, Heather Morton, Lee Patterson, Mark Rasmussen, 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 2006-2007

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 the Yucatan Peninsula.

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 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.

HUM 273 Introduction to French Thought & Art
An introduction to French culture based on three decisive turning points in the development its thought and art: the debate on skepticism and faith in Montaigne and Pascal; the optimism for Enlightenment autonomy in Voltaire and Rousseau; the sexual pessimism and hedonism of late 19th century painting and fiction (Impressionism and Proust). (Also listed as FRE 320.) Course discussion and readings in English; students receiving credit for French 320 write homework and essays in French. Prerequisite: None for HUM 273; FRE 260 or equivalent for FRE 320.

HUM 274 Mystical Turkey : A Cultural Adventure to the Cradle of Civilization
Through an intense 16-day musical and cultural study tour guided by two of the most prominent Turkish dancers and musicians as well as local experts, in which students explore the music, art, architecture, craft, dance and performance and religious traditions of this region, this course will examine the ways in which a culture's artistic traditions are a reflection of societal values. Emphasis will be placed on the Greek heritage, Biblical history, contemporary forms of expression as they relate to Islamic culture, practice, and theology, and folklore. Emphasis will also be placed on getting hands-on experience in various artistic traditions, with lessons in dancing, Turkish singing, Turkish percussion, creating pottery, Romany music and dance, etc. (Also listed as MUS 206.)

HUM 275 Paris & Nice: Russian Arts Connection
An examination of the lives and work of the Russian artists, musicians, graphic designers and writers emigrating from their native lands and converging in France at a time of artistic experimentation and political upheaval. Five genres are explored: film, dance, sculpture, painting and literature. Conducted in France.

HUM 276 Aspects of Travel
An examination of many different approaches to the study of travel, especially in Europe and Great Britain . Specifically, the course describes the effects of culture, including literature, history, religion, and scientific development, on an individual's travel experience, especially when becoming acclimated in a foreign country. Conducted in London.

HUM 277 Collecting and London Museums
This course offers an opportunity to discover and explore the rich variety of London museums both major and lesser-known. The broad subject will be approached through the world of collecting with attention to the psychology of collecting, building a collection, connoisseurship, and storage, display and conservation practices. Students will have opportunities to interact with important collectors and dealers. In addition, each student will build his or her own collection and complete a group project on a specific London museum, including volunteer work at the museum.


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