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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
HUM STUD-101

Foundations of Western Culture I

Comprehensive chronological survey of major events, people, and ideas that have influenced the history, literature, art, and culture of Western Civilization. This course covers ancient civilization through the Renaissance.

  • Gen Ed: HS1 - Survey of Western Civilization
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
HUM STUD-102

Foundations of Western Culture II

Comprehensive chronological survey of major events, people, and ideas that have influenced the history, literature, art, and culture of Western Civilization. This covers the Renaissance up to the present.

  • Gen Ed: HS1 - Survey of Western Civilization
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
HUM STUD-103

World Civilizations I

Chronological survey of major events, people, and ideas that have influenced the history, literature, art, and culture of various world civilizations. This course covers the origins of civilization to the Age of Exploration.

  • Gen Ed: HS1 - Survey of Western Civilization
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
HUM STUD-104

World Civilizations II

Chronological survey of major events, people, and ideas that have influenced the history, literature, art and culture of various world civilizations. This course covers the Age of Exploration up to the present.

  • Gen Ed: HS1 - Survey of Western Civilization
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
HUM STUD-160

Introduction to Language

Study of language and linguistics, including basic principles and methods in structural linguistics, social and regional variation in language, historical change and introductory study of meaning.

    Credits3
    Lecture
    HUM STUD-198

    First Year Seminar

    Sorry, this course does not have a description.

    Prerequisites
    Reserved for New Incoming Freshman
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      Fall
      HUM STUD-201

      Introduction to the Humanities I

      Major methods and ideas of the western humanities, examined in selected works of literature, philosophy and fine arts, from Classical world through Renaissance.

      • Gen Ed: HS2 - Literature, Film, and Culture
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      Fall
      HUM STUD-202

      Introduction to the Humanities II

      Major methods and ideas of the western humanities, examined in selected works of literature, philosophy and fine arts, from Baroque through the Modern Period.

      • Gen Ed: HS2 - Literature, Film, and Culture
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      Fall
      HUM STUD-213

      Ethnic Diversity and Human Values

      This course will explore some of the most fundamental questions of human values and meaning by studying the rich literature, history, and culture of one or more of the following groups of the United States: African American, American Indian, Asian American, and Latino.

      • Gen Ed: Ethnic Studies
      Credits3-6
      Lecture
      Fall
      HUM STUD-220

      ESL: Listening and Speaking Across Cultures

      Global and discrete listening and speaking skills for ESL students based on content in intercultural communication. Emphasis on note-taking, listening for main ideas and key details, organizing and delivering speeches, and participating effectively in debates and small and large group discussions.

      Prerequisites
      P: International student status or permission of instructor.
        Credits1-4
        Field EXP
        HUM STUD-299

        Travel Course

        • Pre-Requisites
        • General Education
        • Travel Course
        • Repeatable

        Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

        Prerequisites
        P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
        • Gen Ed: World Culture
        • Travel Course
        • Course is repeatable for credit.
        Credits3
        Lecture
        HUM STUD-318

        Topics in Linguistics/TESL

        Analysis and discussion of topics of central importance in applied linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). Possible topics include:Teaching Grammer to ELLs; Second Language Pragmatics; Second Language Writing; and others.

        • Course is repeatable to 6 credits.
        Credits3
        Lecture
        Spring
        HUM STUD-319

        Second Language Acquisition

        Overview of issues in second-language acquisition, including linguistic, cognitive, social, and affective factors. Students will examine and think about learner language, read research on learner language, and consider implications for second-language teaching.

        Prerequisites
        Rec: Hum Stud 160.
          Credits3
          Lecture
          Spring
          Odd Only
          HUM STUD-320

          Second Language Assessment

          An exploration of policies, procedures, and instruments in assessing English language proficiency. Focus will be on practical assessment strategies and their incorporation into instructional planning.

          Prerequisites
          P: Hum Stud 160 or Educ 311 or 315.
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Fall
            HUM STUD-321

            Language and Society

            • Pre-Requisites
            • General Education
            • Writing Emphasis

            The study of language in relation to society, including social and regional dialects, bilingualism and language contact, speech communities, the ethnography of language, and applications such as language policy and planning.

            Prerequisites
            P: None. REC: Hum Stud 160.
            • Gen Ed: World Culture
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Fall
            Even Only
            HUM STUD-323

            The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament)

            Interdisciplinary study of the Hebrew Bible (also called the Old Testament), read and discussed in English.

            Prerequisites
            P: none; REC: jr st.
            • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Spring
            Odd Only
            HUM STUD-324

            The New Testament

            The origins of the Christian tradition as reflected in the primary texts of that tradition in the New Testament: The major divisions of the writings of the New Testament, the life of Jesus as recorded in the gospels, the importance of St. Paul and the apocalyptic writings of St. John.

            Prerequisites
            P: none; REC: jr st.
            • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Spring
            Even Only
            HUM STUD-326

            Non-Western Religions

            The two major religions of the East, Hinduism and Buddhism: the richness, variety and flexibility of the faith and practice of Hinduism, with its belief in a multiplicity of gods and goddesses; and the various sects and schools of Buddhism--Theravadic, Mayahana, Zen and Tantric.

            Prerequisites
            P: none; REC: jr st.
            • Gen Ed: World Culture,HS3 - Individual and Social Values
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Spring
            Even Only
            HUM STUD-327

            Religion and the Social Order

            • Pre-Requisites
            • General Education
            • Writing Emphasis

            This course considers sociological, class, and economic analyses of religion. Exploring how these approaches challenge religious belief, it also examines how modern religious thinkers respond to this challenge.

            Prerequisites
            P: jr st; REC: Hum Stud 201 and 202
            • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Fall
            HUM STUD-334

            Perspectives on Human Values: The Classical World

            • Pre-Requisites
            • General Education
            • Writing Emphasis

            Focuses on the values of the world of classical Greece and Rome as reflected in its texts and fine arts.

            Prerequisites
            P: jr st.
            • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Spring
            HUM STUD-335

            Perspectives on Human Values: The Medieval World

            • Pre-Requisites
            • General Education
            • Writing Emphasis

            Focuses on the history, society, culture and values of the middle ages as reflected in its literature and fine arts.

            Prerequisites
            P: jr st.
            • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Fall
            HUM STUD-336

            Perspectives on Human Values: The Renaissance

            • Pre-Requisites
            • General Education
            • Writing Emphasis

            Explores human values as they appear in texts and fine arts in the 15th and 16th century European Renaissance.

            Prerequisites
            P: jr st.
            • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Spring
            HUM STUD-337

            Perspectives on Human Values: The Age of Reason

            • Pre-Requisites
            • General Education
            • Writing Emphasis

            Immerses in the ideas that fueled the enlightenment era in seventeenth and eighteenth century Europe. Focuses specifically on political turmoil amidst radical thinking, the revolution in the conduct of science, and the impact of these changes on the social world.

            Prerequisites
            P: jr st.
            • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
            Credits1-3
            Lecture
            Spring
            Fall
            HUM STUD-350

            Interdisciplinary Study of Great Works

            • Pre-Requisites
            • General Education
            • Repeatable

            Interdisciplinary study of one or more works central to the Humanistic tradition. Variable content.

            Prerequisites
            P: jr st.
            • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
            • Course is repeatable for credit.
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Spring
            HUM STUD-351

            Interdisciplinary Themes in Humanistic Studies

            • Pre-Requisites
            • General Education
            • Writing Emphasis
            • Repeatable

            Interdisciplinary examination of a single important theme in the Humanities. Variable content.

            Prerequisites
            P: jr st.
            • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
            • Course is repeatable for credit.
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Fall
            Odd Only
            HUM STUD-356

            German Culture

            The culture of the German-speaking world from the earliest periods to the present with a focus on how contemporary Germany has been shaped by issues of history, religion, art, music, philosophy, and commerce.

            • Gen Ed: World Culture,HS2 - Literature, Film, and Culture
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Fall
            Even Only
            HUM STUD-357

            German Cinema

            Historical and critical introduction to the work of prominent German filmmakers and to cinematic representations of German culture.

            • Gen Ed: World Culture,HS2 - Literature, Film, and Culture
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Spring
            Odd Only
            HUM STUD-360

            Globalization and Cultural Conflict

            • Pre-Requisites
            • General Education
            • Writing Emphasis

            This course examines the phenomenon of globalization and its impact on cultural identity as well as the conflicts in values and belief-systems that have arisen in its wake. We will explore the notion of a clash of civilizations and cultures with particular emphasis on the supposed clash between the West and the Islamic world.

            Prerequisites
            REC: jr st
            • Gen Ed: World Culture
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Fall
            HUM STUD-382

            Perspective on Human Values: Romanticism to Modernism

            • Pre-Requisites
            • General Education
            • Writing Emphasis

            Studies the challenge to tradition and reason and the response to that challenge from the development of romanticism in the late 18th century to the flowering of modernism in the early twentieth century.

            Prerequisites
            P: Hum Stud 102 or 202; REC: jr st.
            • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Spring
            HUM STUD-383

            Perspectives on Human Values: The Contemporary World

            • Pre-Requisites
            • General Education
            • Writing Emphasis

            A study of values shaping the contemporary world through reflection on historical, literary, philosophical, artistic, and other cultural products from the Second World War to the present.

            Prerequisites
            P: Hum Stud 102 or 202; REC: jr st.
            • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Spring
            Even Only
            HUM STUD-384

            Perspectives on Human Values in Other Cultures

            • Pre-Requisites
            • General Education
            • Writing Emphasis
            • Repeatable

            Study of values and worldview of a culture other than those of Western Europe and the United States.

            Prerequisites
            P: none; REC: jr st.
            • Gen Ed: World Culture,HS3 - Individual and Social Values
            • Course is repeatable to 12 credits.
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Spring
            Odd Only
            HUM STUD-385

            Perspectives on Human Values: First Nations

            Drawing upon American Indian oral traditions and Elder epistemology, this course will examine the diverse traditional, cultural, spiritual, and political values and world views of American Indian Nations.

            Prerequisites
            P: FNS 225 or 226.
            • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Fall
            HUM STUD-480

            Humanities Seminar

            A capstone seminar for humanities majors, examining basic questions and issues in the humanities. Course will emphasize student participation and a substantial term paper. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit when different topics are covered.

            Prerequisites
            P: 2 cses from Hum Stud 334, 335, 336, 337, 382, 383, 384, 385; REC: 2 addl cses from above list.
            • Course is repeatable for credit.
            Credits1-12
            Field EXP
            Spring
            Fall
            HUM STUD-497

            Internship

            Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings.

            Prerequisites
            P: jr st.
            • Course is repeatable for credit.
            Credits1-4
            IND Study
            Spring
            Fall
            HUM STUD-498

            Independent Study

            Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

            Prerequisites
            P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
            • Course is repeatable for credit.
            Credits1-6
            Field EXP
            HUM STUD-499

            Travel Course

            • Pre-Requisites
            • General Education
            • Travel Course
            • Repeatable

            Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

            Prerequisites
            P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
            • Gen Ed: World Culture
            • Travel Course
            • Course is repeatable for credit.