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Course Descriptions

HUM 101: Studies in American Culture

Credits: 5.0

Examines values and assumptions in cultural texts that have helped shape characteristics called "American."Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENLG& 101 (was ENGL 105).

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate comprehension of print and visual texts. [REASON]
  2. Discern and articulate explicit and implied cultural content in print and visual texts. [REASON]
  3. Compare cultural content of print and visual texts. [REASON]
  4. Apply course concepts to print and visual texts in discussion and in formal writings. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Cooperate productively in groups to complete assigned tasks. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Demonstrate comprehension of the concepts of mainstream and marginal in relation to American cultural texts. [EXPLORE]
  7. Analyze evidence of competing perspectives in diverse groups' cultural expressions in print and images. [EXPLORE]

HUM 105: Introduction to Film

Credits: 5.0

Analysis and appreciation of film techniques and aesthetics, including historical background of selected films, literary criteria and major cinematic movements.Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL 100 or above.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the basic elements of film and its particular vocabulary (narrative, mise en scene, cinematography, acting, editing, sound). [REASON]
  2. Identify major films, theories and/or filmmakers, including characteristics of stylistic patterns in major directors' works. [REASON]
  3. Analyze film techniques and dramatic and literary qualities. [REASON]
  4. Write well-organized film analyses. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Communicate effectively in discussions, group work and oral presentations. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Evaluate and compare films within the cultural contexts in which they are made and viewed. [EXPLORE]

HUM 108: World Mythology

Credits: 5.0

Study of selected myths and epics found in diverse cultures across the globe with some attention to psychological analysis.Prerequisite(s): Completion of ENGL 100 with a grade of 2.0 or higher or placement in ENLG& 101 (was ENGL 105).

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of mythological concepts and identify and disparate genres and forms of the works. [REASON]
  2. Analyze and interpret psychological representations of the material, spiritual, cultural, and historical values/truths embodied in diverse myths. [REASON]
  3. Evaluate and compare through written and oral means the distinctive ways diverse mythological texts shape and are shaped by cultural/historical/literary/political contexts and trends. [EXPLORE]
  4. Dramatize and interpret, through collaborative presentation, the imaginative experience and appeal of representative myths in contemporary culture. [COMMUNICATE]

HUM 109: Greek Mythology

Credits: 5.0

Introduction to Greek myths: their nature and function in Greek society, history, and culture; different ways of interpreting them; their importance for the study of myth and literature in general.Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101 (was ENGL 105).

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Read, evaluate and analyze through written and oral means the nature of myths and their function in Greek culture and history by applying critical-reading methods/theories. [REASON]
  2. Analyze and explain how myth can be exploited for social, political and ideological purposes. [REASON]
  3. Identify the diversity of cultures, ethics, values, and ways of thinking across communities as embodied in selected myths. [EXPLORE]
  4. Compare and interpret, both individually and collaboratively, the importance and influence of Greek myth on world culture. [COMMUNICATE]

HUM 155: Special Topics

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Topics and seminars of current interest in the humanities.Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission. Contact the English department for more information.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of a specific topic related to Humanities Studies. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate other topic-specific objectives as determined by the instructor. [REASON]

HUM 210: Francophone Cultures:CD

Credits: 5.0

Course will survey the history, culture, geography, and current political climate of selected French-speaking communities, including, but not limited to, Haiti, Quebec, Louisiana, North Africa, and West Africa.Prerequisite(s): ENGL 100 with a grade of 2.0 or higher or placement in ENGL& 101 (was ENGL 105).Crosslisted as: Multi-listed as FRCH 210 and DIVST 215..

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Acquire and enhance cultural sensitivity and competence of the French speaking world. [REASON]
  2. Understand the impact of cultural differences within the French speaking nations. [EXPLORE]
  3. Develop necessary foundation and tools to become culturally competent and acquire better understanding of the cultural and political challenges facing the French speaking world and multicultural workplaces. [EXPLORE]
  4. Learn practical tools to reduce cross-cultural misunderstanding and encourage positive cross-cultural and working relationships. [REASON]
  5. Apply knowledge, awareness, and/or skills to identify and analyze issues related to diversity. [EXPLORE]

HUM 235: Publications

Credits: 5.0

Students form the editorial staff of the literary magazine and learn how to critique literary and visual arts. Includes an overview of editing, design, printing, and marketing.Prerequisite(s): ENGL& 101 (was ENGL 105) or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply creative and analytic techniques and reasoning to create and critique literary and/or visual-art works. [REASON]
  2. Apply principles of layout and design to create a literary and visual-art publication. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Apply publication methods/principles to budget, produce, and market the publication. [ACT]
  4. Identify, analyze and evaluate key historical issues in publishing. [REASON]