Course Offerings - Catalog 2010-11


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Humanities

Division of Humanities


Humanities 110/111 and 120/121, the only courses currently required of every student at Centre College, represents an integral part of the Centre Experience and of a full and rich education in the liberal arts. Our instructors are drawn from all the Humanistic disciplines, and because the curriculum ranges so widely, no instructor can be an expert on every work included. Instead, the instructors share an enduring engagement with the arts and a driving curiosity for new discoveries and connections. More than any other courses at the College, Humanities classes bring all the participants together as students, either beginning or continuing to cultivate an appreciation for the aesthetic dimensions of human experience.

The material for the courses centers in the Classical tradition in art, literature, and philosophy, as it emerged in ancient Greece and has been modeled, adapted, revised, and challenged for 2500 years. Students are asked to develop their understanding and enrich their engagement with these materials through group discussion, formal presentation of ideas, creative engagement of artistic processes, and written analysis of specific works.

Writing instruction comes in many courses at Centre College, but it receives special emphasis in Humanities. Many students take 4-hour writing intensive sections of Humanities; all students can expect to be invited to treat Humanities as an opportunity for development of their ability to write effective analytical prose.

Elective courses are also offered from time to time and are listed under special topics below.

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 during the Renaissance, Baroque, and Neo-classical periods with special attention given to ethical and aesthetic values. Emphasis is placed on writing, analysis, and discussion.

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.

Special Topics Courses Offered in 2009-2010.

HUM 285 Classic American Films
A close study of several classic American films led by Visiting Humana Professor Michael Sragow, film critic for the Baltimore Sun and author of Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master (Pantheon 2009), a critical biography of the director of Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. In addition to those two films, others to be studied will inclulde Citizen Kane , On the Waterfront , and The Godfather , Parts One and Two. The course concentrates both on the history of American film and on building skills in film analysis and critical writing.


HUM 286 Popular Culture and the War: The Blitz Spirit
An investigation into the development of the “British Spirit” during WWII through the popular culture of the period. This spirit is regularly evoked, even today, in the face of terrorist threats, bombings or the failure of national sports teams. The Battle of Britain, The Blitz, The Home Front, Dunkirk, etc., are iconic moments in the English cultural landscape. Popular culture (radio, film, theatre and literature) was not only used as propaganda and morale booster, but also reflected the spirit of the English. Offered in London.