2016-2017 Catalog

Humanities (Hum)


Carmichael (Director), Kerr, Lauritzen, Leber-Gottberg, Magness, and Park

Remembering history, imagining the future: the Humanities include a broad category of disciplines such as the classics, literature, languages, history, music, visual and performing arts, philosophy, and religion, all of which are concerned with studying aspects of the human condition, what it means to be human. Through a process of asking questions, evaluating assumptions, and analyzing beliefs, students of the Humanities reflect on what they know, assess what they think, and judge why they think it. This type of exploration demands disciplined thought, clear articulation of ideas, and cooperative discussion as preparation for the complex decisions and judgments that life and work present.

The mission of the Humanities Program is to provide courses which meet the University’s Essential Studies (general education) requirements. Emphasis is placed on small group discussion, critical reading of classical and modern texts, and written responses to the materials of the course. Reading, writing, research, dialogue, and conversation are central to class meetings. The study of the Humanities promotes the development of many important skills:

  • reading
  • writing
  • critical thinking (reasoning, organizing ideas, making distinctions, recognizing important similarities, grasping what is essential)
  • decision-making (maturity and refinement of judgment, ability to give good reasons)
  • communication (clear, cogent expression of ideas and beliefs, both orally and in written form)
  • self-understanding
  • valuation (ability to deal rationally with questions of value, to set priorities and balance competing ideals)
  • cross-cultural awareness
  • aesthetic sensibility
  • civic responsibility

The Humanities Program also administers the Integrated Studies Program, a nationally-known, award-winning interdisciplinary Essential Studies (general education) program for first year students. See the Integrated Studies Program listing for more information.


HUM 101. Introduction to Humanities I. 4 Credits.

This course is designed to introduce beginning university students to the major disciplines of the Humanities: literature, philosophy, history, religion, drama, music, and art. The literature chosen each semester will vary, often focusing on a central theme. Class time will be used to discuss the texts and students will be expected to attend events in the fine arts. F,S,SS.

HUM 101L. Humanities Recitation.

HUM 102. Introduction to Humanities II. 4 Credits.

While this course has the same structure and goals as Humanities 101, its subject matter will focus more carefully on chosen genres, themes or time periods. The literature chosen for this course will require students to compare and contrast ancient and modern ideas in the major disciplines of the Humanities. Class time will be used to discuss the texts and students will be expected to attend events in the fine arts. F,S,SS.

HUM 212. Integrated Cultural Experience. 3 Credits.

This course seeks to examine human concerns and motivations through the examination of artistic and cultural expressions. Students will attend and analyze various types of cultural events, including dramatic productions, art shows, films, and music concerts to examine the sub-text of the human condition. They will also study texts in which authors present philosophies regarding the nature of art and the importance of particular mediums (poetry, visual arts, film, etc.) in voicing personal and social concerns. In addition, students will study the philosophy of philanthropy by researching and gaining personal experience in a community service activity. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. F,S.

HUM 224. Integrated Social Science Inquiry. 2-4 Credits.

Readings and discussion of selected works that reflect the methodology and concerns of the social sciences; integration of social science topics and methods with other Integrated Studies courses/topics. F,S.

HUM 225. Advanced Integrated Social Science. 2-4 Credits.

A continued, in-depth exploration of social science topics raised in Humanities 224: Integrated Social Science. This course will require that students pursue more advanced research in and consideration of topics included in the social sciences as they relate to the Integrated Studies Program theme. S.

HUM 270. Integrated Studies Life Sciences. 3 Credits.

An exploration of historical and modern developments in evolution and genetics that have altered our conception of what it means to be human. This course examines the philosophical, psychological, and sociological implications of contemporary neo-Darwinian thought. No laboratory. F,S.

HUM 271. Integrated Studies General Science. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the nature of science, with the aim of discovering how scientists employ powerful epistemological methods in order to construct a body of cumulative knowledge that represents a fairly accurate, although always tentative, approximation of external reality. This course examines the inextricable conceptual connections which link and unify seemingly disparate sciences. F,S.

HUM 271L. Integrated Studies General Science Laboratory. 1 Credit.

Three-hour weekly laboratory to complement HUM 271. Students will design and implement experiments. Prerequisite or corequisite: HUM 271. F,S.

HUM 283. Integrated Source Analysis. 3 Credits.

In this course, students will examine chosen issues in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities and will gain a general familiarity with the academic and popular forums of writing and research in each discipline. They will become familiar with the research methodologies of each discipline and learn to integrate the different methods and perspectives with their own analysis. F,S.

HUM 300. Knowledge, Truth and Reality. 1-3 Credits.

An interdisciplinary exploration of the nature of knowledge, truth, and reality from the perspectives of science, philosophy, and religion. On demand.

HUM 391. Advanced Humanities Seminar. 1-4 Credits.

An interdisciplinary reading, writing and discussion course whose focus varies from semester to semester, but which draws on texts from the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences. Repeatable. F,S,SS.

HUM 408. Writing Across the Disciplines. 3 Credits.

This senior level course will provide students with an intensive writing experience that focuses on methods and strategies in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Students will gain an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the disciplines while they engage in the process of integrating disciplinary materials and writing tactics as well as formulating written responses to topics of current concern. Prerequisites: ENGL 120 or ENGL 125 or ENGL 130 and Junior/Senior standing. F,S.

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