HUMA102R Art Appreciation - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course educates students in the methods and interpretation of visual art. Students will examine the uses of visual art in human society, and learn to identify and understand visual art media and techniques. Surveying the history of visual art, students will practice analysis and interpretation. As informed viewers, students will be able to examine their own reactions to visual art and make connections between art and life. Field trips may be part of this curriculum and will incur nominal fees.
HUMA109R Introduction to Philosophy - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
An introductory survey covering various components of philosophy including Epistemology, Metaphysics, Materialism, Realism, Pragmatism, Logic, Idealism, Existentialism and Aesthetics. This will include classical original, interpretation, development and modern application of these concepts.
HUMA110R The Humanities in Western Culture - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This interdisciplinary course in Western culture integrates the arts of literature, painting, music, sculpture, film, and the discipline of philosophy. In order to better understand why we are the way we are, our studies are centered on our cultural heritage—from Greece, early Christianity, and the Renaissance to the present day. The course involves students and teacher in an analysis of the human issues and achievements in Western culture in an attempt to make sense of the universe. Attention will be given to the following universal concepts in human thought: search for freedom, search for truth, search for beauty, identity with God, identification with the natural world, and relationship with society. Seminar participation, several short papers and final examination are required.
HUMA140R Myth in US Culture (20th Century) - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This interdisciplinary course utilizes both the social science and the humanities to examine the making of American Culture. The central driving force is Twentieth Century American Popular Culture. Students will study a variety of sources (fiction, speeches, movies, television and advertisements) to uncover the numerous myths transmitted by these sources and to verify the validity of those myths that forge America’s national identity. Several questions guide the students’ investigation: What is the relationship between myths, culture and society? Why do we behave the way we do? How do myths shape our attitudes? Our norms? Our mores? What makes us Americans? Students are graded on participation, several short writing assignments, and a final exam.
HUMA142R Topics in United States History to 1877 - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
A survey course of US History that presents a clear, relevant balanced history of the United States from the days of its early development through the end of the reconstruction period. Not only does the course review the major events that shaped the nation, but it will look at those issues that impacted on, and changed the lives of the people who lived during this period. Insights into the political, social, economic and cultural issues round out the scope of this course.
HUMA143R Topics in United States History: 1877 – Present - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This is a survey course of US History from 1877 to the present. The course is concerned not just with names and dates, but rather the historical processes that made the US the way it is. The course will focus on the political history, but more importantly the struggles between labor and capital, women and minorities versus the dominant patriarchal state, and the status of the working poor and the way in which they either made, influenced or were exploited by the American system.
HUMA201R The Making of the Modern World: Themes in Western Civilization - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
An interdisciplinary approach to the major themes which have shaped Western Civilization since the 1800’s. Topics include the scientific revolution, classical liberalism, fascism, and war. The course incorporates the use of film and multimedia as a way of focusing on particular themes and issues. (Prerequisite: HUMA110R.)
HUMA210R Filming The Vietnam War: The Hollywood Chronicles - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
"When the legend becomes fact print the legend." (The Man who Shot Liberty Valance) Hollywood always had its own way of chronicling history, this pictorial chronicle portrays a mythic world where myth and reality are tightly twined neither easily separated. Hollywood's plethora of WWII war films, only one film "The Green Berets" staring Producer, Director John Wayne was produced by Hollywood during the Vietnam War. Ten years later, two years after the fall of Saigon, the Vietnam War filled the silver screen with gore, bloodshed and angst. This tells us something about the American people's turbulent divisive opinions on war. With the unexpected defeat of a technologically superior nation by a technologically inferior, smaller nation state, the American psyche suffered distressing wounds leaving behind unsightly scars as a harsh reminder of those jolting dark days. Hollywood's Vietnam War Films chronicles the psychological traumatizing affects of the war both on the "home front" and "in country." The purpose of this course is to critically view these Vietnam War films in order for the students to analyze Hollywood's discourse on the war. In conjunction with uncovering the underlying meaning of the Vietnam War films, the students will study the physical geography of Vietnam and survey the historical memory of the Vietnam War and compare the two chronicles for the purpose of seeing more clearly the legacies of a lost war. Since the course is a seminar students will share their findings and thinkings with one another formulating an oral analytical text of the Vietnam War. Students will be evaluated on discussions and several short position papers. (Prerequisite: 100 Level Humanities course)
HUMA245R Native People: An Ethnohistorical Perspective - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
Native People inhabited what is now the United States for more than 20 millennium prior to the European “discoveries”, explorations, invasion, conquest, and colonization of the Americas. Our study begins with an examination of the indigenous cultures; myths, music, art, and religion. The course investigates the underlying causes and issues of 500 years of perpetual conflict and warfare between the Native People and the Euro-Americans. Since film is so pervasive in American society and so influential in molding American minds, the study closes with the screening of “Dances With Wolves” to examine the popular portrayal of Native People’s image in the movies. Course requirements include participation and several position papers.(Prerequisite: 100 level Humanities course)
HUMA250R Searching for Leadership: An Honors Humanities Approach to Leadership
Development - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
Utilizing the leadership program and textbook developed by Phi Theta Kappa (the International Honor Society for the Two Year College), SEARCHING FOR LEADERSHIP will help emerging and existing leaders on the journey to becoming the most effective leaders possible. Since leadership is an art, humanities-based learning in essential for becoming an effective and ethical leader. The foundation is the observation and study of great leaders portrayed in the humanities by writers, historians, and film-makers as well as the study of the works of great leaders. Through assessment of the common characteristics of great leaders learners will strive to strengthen the leadership qualities. (Prerequisites: ENGL102R, 100 level Humanities, and membership in PTK.)