HUMN Course Listing

Introduction to Humanities (HUMN 100, 3 Credits)
An introduction to the humanities through a review of some of the major developments in human culture. The goal is to analyze how societies express their ideas through art, literature, music, religion, and philosophy and to consider some of the underlying assumptions about the way societies are formed and run. Focus is on developing the conceptual tools to understand cultural phenomena critically.

Technology and Culture (HUMN 344, 3 Credits)
Recommended: HUMN 100. An overview of the impact of technology on culture. The goal is to interpret, evaluate, and respond to the role of technology in daily life. Topics include the nature of technology; how technology influences events; how events influence the development of technology; and the interaction between technology and human welfare in medicine, warfare, daily life, entertainment, government, and science.

Myth in the World (HUMN 351, 3 Credits)
A presentation of myths from around the globe. The goal is to examine the interface between myths and cultural forms such as literature, art, and religion. Topics include sacred places and objects, goddesses and gods, heroes and tricksters, and stories of creation and destruction. Discussion also covers implicit values in the myths that shape cultural and individual identity and affect the social landscape.

Humanities Seminar (HUMN 495, 3 Credits)
(Intended as a final, capstone course to be taken in a student's last 15 credits.) Prerequisites: HUMN 100, any upper-level ARTH, any upper-level ENGL, any upper-level HUMN, and any upper-level PHIL. A study of humanities that synthesizes knowledge gained through previous study. An individually chosen research project is used to examine the nature of human responsibility to self, others, and the environment; the role of intellectual inquiry in human life; and the role of creativity in human life. Career options are also explored.