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Humanities (HUM) Course Descriptions

Department of Philosophy and Classics, College of Liberal and Fine Arts


HUM 2023 Introduction to Humanities I
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
An introductory survey of the important aesthetic works, ideas, social structures, and other cultural productions of Western Civilization from the Paleolithic through the Medieval eras.  This course will employ an interdisciplinary approach designed to acquaint students with major cultural modes in Western Civilization with a particular focus on aesthetic works and the dominant critical approaches used to address them.

HUM 2033 Introduction to Humanities II
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
An introductory survey of the important aesthetic works, ideas, social structures, and other cultural productions of Western Civilization from the Renaissance through the Present.  This course will employ an interdisciplinary approach designed to acquaint students with major cultural modes in Western Civilization with a particular focus on aesthetic works and the dominant critical approaches used to address them.

HUM 2053 History of Film
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
An introductory survey of the history, criticism, and cultural importance of film in Western Culture.  This course will focus on the development of film as a medium for cultural production including a comparative analysis between film and other cultural media such as literature, drama, and the visual arts

HUM 2093  World Religions [TCCN: PHIL 1304.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
Examination of the origins, teachings, development, and philosophical foundations of the world’s chief religious movements, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Confucianism, Taoism, Sikhism, Jainism, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and Christianity. (Formerly HUM 3093. Credit cannot be earned for both HUM 2093 and HUM 3093.)

HUM 3013  History of Ideas
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
Survey of the development and influence of major philosophical, scientific, and aesthetic conceptions from ancient times to the present.

HUM 3023  The Medieval World
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
Interdisciplinary investigation of medieval thought and culture as exemplified in major works of literature, philosophy, theology, and history.

HUM 3033  Renaissance Ideas
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
Interdisciplinary investigation of Renaissance thought and culture, as exemplified in major works of literature, philosophy, history, theology, and fine arts.

HUM 3043  Classicism and Enlightenment
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
Interdisciplinary investigation of thought and culture in the later 17th and the 18th centuries, as exemplified in major works of philosophy, literature, and the fine arts.

HUM 3053  The Romantic Age
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
Interdisciplinary investigation of the development of ideas in literature, philosophy, art, politics, and society at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century.

HUM 3063  The Modern World
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
Interdisciplinary investigation of modern thought in the late 19th and 20th centuries, as exemplified in major works of philosophy, literature, and the fine arts.

HUM 3103  American Film
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
Survey of the art, history, development, and major critical approaches to American film with attention to such topics as classic and revisionist film styles, cinematic apparatus, the history and development of film genres, and film as a part of American culture.

HUM 3203  Film Genres
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
Intensive study of a particular film genre, such as Western, science fiction, film noir, or documentary. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

HUM 3213  The Christian Classics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
The opportunity for an intensive survey of selected works of writers studied in the context of Christian thought.

HUM 3223  The Bible as Literature
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Offers the opportunity to survey major themes, stories, and motifs in the Old and New Testament, with emphasis on those elements fundamental to Western culture.

HUM 3303  Major Filmmaker
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
Intensive study of the work of a particular major filmmaker, such as Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa, Orson Welles, Charles Chaplin, or Ingmar Bergman. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

HUM 3403  Literature into Film
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
Examination of what distinguishes and links the media of cinema and written literature. Case studies in adaptation of novels, short stories, and plays into film.

HUM 3623  Topics in National Cultures and Civilizations
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
The cultural life of the respective geographic regions and social strata of individual nations of Europe and America, as reflected in and interpreted by their artistic production. Individual topics may focus on a single nation or several nations. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

HUM 3703  Topics in Popular Culture
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
Intensive study of a particular period (e.g., the ’20s, the ’60s, the Middle Ages), medium (e.g., television, hip hop, radio), or event (e.g., 9/11, the Alamo, Kennedy assassination) as shaped by and shaper of the popular imagination. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

HUM 4911-3  Independent Study
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) of the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

HUM 4953  Special Studies in Humanities
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

HUM 4973  Senior Seminar in Humanities
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: 12 upper-division semester credit hours in humanities, classics, or philosophy.
Undergraduate seminar limited to students in the humanities emphasis in their senior year. Content varies with each instructor. May be repeated once for credit when topics vary. (Formerly titled “Seminar for Humanities Majors.”)

HUM 4991-3  Honors Thesis
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and Department Scholarship and Honors Committee; enrollment in or completion of HUM 4973.
Supervised research and preparation of an Honors Thesis for the purpose of earning Humanities Honors. May be repeated once with advisor approval.


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