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Program in HUMANITIES
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
A bachelor of arts (BA) degree in humanities offers a broad interdisciplinary education in the thought, literature, art history, and music of Western and Eastern cultures. The interdepartmental undergraduate major is offered as a preparation for graduate work in the humanities and as a basic cultural background for a variety of professional fields, such as teaching, journalism, law, librarianship, foreign service, the religious professions, music, arts administration, and government service.
Requirements for a Major in Humanities
Please review all college-wide degree requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this General Bulletin. All humanities majors must meet the language requirement for students seeking the bachelor of arts (BA) degree in the College of Arts and Sciences. For alternatives to satisfy this requirement, refer to Foreign Language in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this General Bulletin. If a student chooses to double major, only six (6) semester hours may be applied to both majors. For general policies pertinent to a double major, refer to Second Majors and Academic Regulations in this General Bulletin.
The major and minor combination comprises a minimum of thirty-nine (39) semester hours beyond the liberal studies requirements and numbered above 1999. All course work counted toward the humanities major must be completed with a C- or higher. All humanities majors must take HUM 2221, 2236, and 2250, or their equivalents, before taking the required HUM 4935 seminars. Humanities majors must also take a nonwestern humanities course (x; 3 CU) and a multicultural diversity course (y; 3 CU), or their equivalents, before graduation. If these courses have not been taken to fulfill the liberal studies requirement, they may be taken as University electives or in the concentration of the major with the approval of a Program in Humanities advisor. If a student chooses to double major, only six (6) semester hours may be applied to both majors. The administrative office of the Program Humanities has a complete listing of approved courses for departments and areas of concentration. The courses should be distributed as follows:
1) Eighteen (18) semester hours in one of the following departments: American Studies; Art History; Asian Studies; Classical Languages, Literature, and Civilization; English; History; Communication; Film/Communication; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Modern Languages and Linguistics; Music (history and theory); Philosophy; Religion; and Theatre (history and criticism); or in literature courses in a classical language numbered above 1999 or a modern language numbered above 2999;
2) Fifteen (15) semester hours in one of the following concentrations or time periods-American Studies; Asian and Middle East Studies; Black Studies; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Women's Studies; or Classical studies, Medieval studies, Renaissance studies, 18th-century studies, 19th-century studies, 20th-century studies; with no more than two courses in this cluster being selected from any one of the above-mentioned departments;
3) Nine (9) semester hours of criticism and appreciation to be selected as follows: one course from each of the three (3) catergories listed below (a, b, and c)
a) Choose one of the two courses listed below.
ARH 3050 History and Criticism of Art I (3)
ARH 3051 History and Criticism of Art II (3)
b) Choose one of the four courses listed below.
ENG 3014 Critical Issues in Literary Studies (3)
ENG 3115 Film Theory and Criticism (3)
ENL 3334 Introduction to Shakespeare (3)
ENL 4333 Shakespeare (3)
c) Choose one of the five courses listed below.
MUH 2011 Introduction to Music History-Music Appreciation (3)
MUH 2012 Music in Western Culture, 19th and 20th Centuries (3)
MUH 2051 Music Cultures of the World-Music of Tribal and Folk Culture (3)
MUH 2052 Music Cultures of the World-Ritual and Art Music of the Non-Western World (3)
MUH 3053 Minority Musics in North America (3)
Note: A minimum of six (6) of the above hours is to be taken as part of the course requirements for either the departmental or the time period/concentration segments of the program.
4) Three (3) semester hours in HUM 4935r Seminar in the Humanities. Note: This seminar can only be taken after receiving advisor approval and item #3 above has been completed. The seminar will be offered one semester a year.
All humanities majors are required to schedule regular advising appointments. Additionally, humanities majors are required to schedule a graduation check with a designated humanities advisor the semester prior to graduation. Failure to obtain advisor clearance will cause a delay in the students graduation date.
Honors in the Major
The Program in Humanities offers a program in honors in the major to encourage talented juniors and seniors to undertake independent and original research as part of the undergraduate experience. For requirements and other information, see the University Honors Program and Honor Societies section of this General Bulletin.
Requirements for a Minor in Humanities
Course taken to meet the liberal studies requirements may not be applied to the minor. The undergraduate minor may be accomplished in one of the two following ways:
Definition of Prefixes
HIS - History: General
HUM - Humanities
LIT - Literature
HUM 2221. Humanities: Homer to Gothic (3). Introduction to the thought, values, and arts of Western culture from Homer to the Gothic.
HUM 2236. Humanities: From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment (3). Introduction to the thought, values, and arts of Western culture from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment.
HUM 2250.Humanities: 18th-Century Romanticism to Postmodernism (3). Introduction to the thought, values, and arts of Western culture from 18th-Century Romanticism to the Postmodern period.
HUM 2944r.University Honors Colloquium (1). Prerequisite: Honors students only. Each fall faculty from across the academic and creative arts spectrum explore Complex Art and Inquiry in the Modern University with entering honors students. Discussions follows each weekly presentation. Students are required to write responses totaling two thousand (2,000) words. May be repeated to a total of two (2) semester hours.
HUM 3251Humanities: Film and 20th Century Culture (3). Introduction to the thought, values, and arts of Western culture, with special emphasis on film.
HUM 3321.Multicultural Dimensions of Film and 20th-Century Culture (3). Explores diversity within Western culture by focusing on film as a key medium for shaping social and cultural attitudes and values. Primary emphasis will be placed on the themes of race and gender but the student will also be trained in the analysis and appreciation of film as a uniquely modern art form.
HUM 3324.Cultural Imperialism (3). An analysis of the significant works of literature and the other arts created under the dominant imperial cultures. The course focuses upon themes relating to colonial subjugation. Works will be analyzed from the perspective of the dominating culture and from the contrasting vision of the subjugated colonial cultures.
HUM 3413. Humanities: South Asian (3). Introduction to the religion, philosophy, literature, and arts of Indian and Islamic culture in their classical and modern expressions. Not offered every semester.
HUM 3416.East Asian Humanities (3). Introduction to the religion, philosophy, literature, and arts of Chinese and Japanese culture in their classical and modern expressions. Not offered every semester.
HUM 3800.Humanities: Principles of Criticism and Appreciation (3). Introduction to the principles of criticism and appreciation in the arts and the humanities.
HUM 3930r.Humanities: Special Topics (1-3). May be taken for a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
HUM 4906r.Directed Individual Study (3). Prerequisite: Majors only. A student registered for an individual study course must schedule at least one conference a week on campus. The student should bear in mind that the DIS requirements are the same as if he or she were attending a class for three hours a week for 10 weeks. The minimum length of the paper will be 30 pages excluding footnotes and bibliography. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.
HUM 4907r.Humanities: Honors (3). Prerequisite: Honors only. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
HUM 4931r.Topics in the Civilization of Britain or Italy (3). May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
HUM 4935r.Seminar in Humanities (3). Prerequisite: Majors only. The seminar Principles of Criticism and Interpretation of Humanities" is offered only one time a year. This course examines a series of perspectives for approaching and applying the kind of knowledge gained from a study in the humanities. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
HUM 4935r.Seminar in Humanities (3). Prerequisite: Majors only. This seminar builds on issues in the first seminar.
HUM 5227. The Humanistic Tradition: Greek and Roman (3).
HUM 5245. The Humanistic Tradition: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque (3).
HUM 5253. The Humanistic Tradition: The Modern World (3).
HUM 5909r. Directed Individual Study (3).(S/U grade only.)
HUM 5915r. Supervised Research (1-6). (S/U grade only.)
HUM 5940r. Supervised Teaching (0-6). (S/U grade only.)
HUM 6904r. Readings for Examination (1-12). (S/U grade only.)
HUM 6939r. Seminar: Topics in Humanities (3).
LIT 5066r. Study of Comparative Literature (3).
For listings relating to graduate course work for thesis, dissertation, and masters and doctoral examinations and defense, consult the Graduate Bulletin.
HUMAN SCIENCES, GENERAL COURSES: see College of Human Sciences; Human Services and Studies