Interdisciplinary study of the humanities from the ancient world to the European renaissance drawing on works of literature, philosophy, art and history. Themes of continuing significance, including concepts of the hero, justice and the self are examined in Western and non-Western contexts. The course emphasizes oral and written analysis of primary texts. Recommended for students desiring to transfer.
HUM 101 - Cultural Traditions
HUM 101H - Cultural Traditions (Honors)
Interdisciplinary study of the humanities, from Antiquity to the Age of Exploration, including literature, philosophy, art and history. Crucial themes of continuing importance, such as justice, the hero and the concept of the self will be examined in both Western and non-Western cultures. Course will emphasize oral and written analysis of primary works. May be taken concurrently with any Honors course.
HUM 102 - Cultural Traditions
Interdisciplinary study of the humanities in the period from the European renaissance to modern times drawing on works of literature, philosophy, art and history. Themes of continuing significance are examined in Western and non-Western contexts. The course emphasizes oral and written analysis of primary texts.
HUM 120 - Introduction to Chinese Culture and Civilization
This interdisciplinary humanities course studies Chinese culture and civilization through art, music, philosophy, literature and history. Close reading of texts, class discussion and writing is required.
HUM 130 - Introduction to Japanese Culture and Civilization
Japanese culture and civilization will be studied through art and philosophical, literary and historical texts set in a chronological context. A close reading and interpretive analysis of primary texts will shape the major course activities which consist of in-class discussion and writing as well as writing assignments.
HUM 150 - Introduction to Latin American Cultures and Civilizations
An introductory interdisciplinary humanities course on the cultures and civilizations of Latin America that will focus on the interpretation of literary, philosophical and historical texts, with a balanced representation from film, art and music. Students will learn about some of the cultures of Latin America from political, economic and social perspectives. Areas include Meso, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean.
HUM 170 - Middle East Cultures and Civilizations
This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the cultures and civilizations of the Middle East that recognizes both the diversity of the region and the unifying themes common to Middle Eastern societies. Students will explore the ancient past, the impact of Islam and the Golden Age, colonization and nationalist movements, and the contemporary Middle East. History, religion, literature and the arts will be investigated in both traditional and modern contexts. These varied course experiences will provide students with an integrated view of the Middle East today.
ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently.
HUM 180 - Introduction to African Cultures and Civilizations
This introductory humanities course on the cultures and civilizations of the continent of Africa will focus mainly on the interpretation of texts (literary, philosophical or historical), film, art and/or music. Through these texts and artistic expressions, students will learn about some of the peoples of Africa and the ways these people think, act and organize their universe. Specifically, they will examine the values, beliefs, assumptions, practices and the various institutions through which these are transmitted.
HUM 190 - Modern Africa and Asia
This interdisciplinary humanities course studies modern Africa and Asia mainly through their literature and films, and secondarily through historical documents, art and/or music. Students will study the primary texts to understand key twentieth century issues, events and themes. Writing assignments and in-class discussions will enable students to develop their interpretive and analytical skills which are important in making cross-cultural comparisons.