Humanities (HUMN)

HUMN-201  Introduction to Humanities    4 Credits

Prerequisites: COMM-101
Terms Offered: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
The humanities are disciplines focused on the study of literature, philosophy, and the arts. This course is designed to introduce students to the humanities by the examination of selected works in drama, fiction, poetry, philosophy, and the fine arts. Formal graded writing assignments will be integrated into the course.
Lecture: 4, Lab 0, Other 0

HUMN-360  Technology and Culture    4 Credits

Prerequisites: HUMN-201 and SSCI-201
Terms Offered: As needed
A study of the deep relationship between culture and technology, drawing on themes in literature, politics, communication, ecology, and ethics. Students study the role of technology in our culture, as well as how we think about technology and how technology changes how (and what) we think.
Lecture: 4, Lab 0, Other 0

HUMN-362  Global Film Cultures    4 Credits

Prerequisites: HUMN-201 and SSCI-201
Terms Offered: As needed
A study of select cinematic traditions from around the world, this course approaches cinema as an artistic form that is at once global, and historically and culturally specific. It explores differences between films produced in a number of different contexts and time periods in terms of their style, political content, and industrial contexts.
Lecture: 4, Lab 0, Other 0

HUMN-364  Bollywood Film    4 Credits

Prerequisites: HUMN-201 and SSCI-201
Terms Offered: As needed
This course charts the history of India’s mainstream Hindi-language film industry, Bollywood, through a study of this cinema’s formal conventions and prominent themes. A wide variety of films – films about romance, social protest, and diaspora, among other issues – will be analyzed alongside key social and political events in India’s history to establish the importance of cinema to nation.
Lecture: 4, Lab 0, Other 0

HUMN-365  Art and Nature in Early Industrial England    4 Credits

Prerequisites: HUMN-201 and SSCI-201
Terms Offered: As needed
In this interdisciplinary course we explore, from a humanities perspective, questions regarding art and nature within the social, political, and technical contexts of the period of pre-turbine steam power in England (1770 to 1900). Students interpret paintings and works of poetry and fiction, paying special attention to how those works reflect, and have a role in shaping, ideas and attitudes regarding industrialization and the natural world. In doing so, they develop a sensitivity to the hardships and struggles of people who are disempowered or marginalized within a stratified, industrial society.
Lecture: 4, Lab 0, Other 0

HUMN-391  Special Topics in Humanities    4 Credits

Prerequisites: HUMN-201 and SSCI-201
Terms Offered: As needed
An interdisciplinary course focusing on a specific topic. The purpose of the course is to bring to bear on one geographical area, historical era, artistic movement, or cultural phenomenon the perspectives of several disciplines within the humanities, thus providing a comprehensive and coherent examination of the chosen topic. This course may be repeated for credit under different topics.
Lecture: 4, Lab 0, Other 0

HUMN-499  Humanities Independent Study    4 Credits

Prerequisites: HUMN-201 and SSCI-201
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore
Terms Offered: As Needed
Humanities Independent Study course. See Dept. Head for prerequisites. This course facilitates depth and breadth of study in a particular area of the Humanities. This course may not serve as a substitute for any of the courses in the general education component, including the Humanities elective and senior seminar. Students must request and receive approval of the independent study topic with the instructor. The form stating the independent study name, credit hours, description and approval must reach the Registrar's office, no later than Wednesday, first week.
Lecture: 4, Lab 0, Other 0