Minor in Humanities

The Humanities Minor curriculum emphasizes the study of Classical culture and its continuities with our modern, global world. Whether learning about the ancient world, or building a foundational language base in Greek or Latin, or examining art and culture through a rich array of interdisciplinary courses, students who earn the Humanities Minor find it a fine complement to College of Arts and Sciences and professional-school majors.

For more information contact: Bruce A. Harvey, Associate Professor of English, Director, Minor in Humanities

Students majoring in any other discipline may minor in Humanities.

Requirements

A. One of the following courses (3 hours):

HUM 3214 Ancient Classical Culture and Civilization

or

HUM 4431 The Greek World

or

HUM 3432 The Roman World

and

B. Four additional HUM courses (including classical languages) (12 hours):

Course Descriptions

GRE 1130 Classical Greek I (5). Emphasis on grammar, and on basic reading and writing skills. GRE 1131 Classical Greek II (5). Emphasis on grammar, and on basic reading and writing skills. Prerequisite: GRE 1130.

GRE 2200 Intermediate Classical Greek (3). Emphasis on grammar, and on acquiring intermediate reading and writing skills. Prerequisite: GRE 1131.

GRW 3210 Greek Prose Writers (3). Translation into English and grammatical analysis of selected texts of Classical prose writers, such as Plato, Aristotle, Xenophon, Thucydides and Plutarch. Prerequisites: Reading knowledge of Classical Greek or GRE 2200.

GRW 3390 Readings in Greek Literature (3). Translation into English and grammatical analysis of selected texts of ancient Greek authors, prose and verse, such as Plato, Plutarch and Homer. The topics will change from semester and with a change in content, the course may be repeated. Prerequisites: GRE 1131 or reading knowledge of Classical Greek.

HUM 2512 Art and Society (3). A study of the relationship between art and culture in different periods, including patronage, the role of the artist, and the relationship between art and economic, political, religious, and ideological forces.

HUM 3214 Ancient Classical Culture and Civilization (3). Explores the culture of the ancient Greek and Latin worlds from an interdisciplinary perspective and studies the varied conceptions of the individual, society, and nature.

HUM 3231 Renaissance and Baroque Cultures (3). An in-depth examination of the cultural monuments of the Renaissance, Reformation, Counter-Reformation, and Baroque periods and of the forces that helped shape them.

HUM 3246 The Enlightenment and the Modern World (3). Explores the culture of the Enlightenment and the modern world from an interdisciplinary perspective and studies the varying conceptions of the individual, society, and nature.

HUM 3252 20th Century Culture and Civilization (3). The 20th century through the Vietnam war, as represented by the period’s creative and intellectual works in literature, art, history and philosophy - discussed from an interdisciplinary perspective.

HUM 3254 The Contemporary World (3). Significant creative and intellectual works, ideas and movements of the last twenty years surveyed and discussed from an interdisciplinary perspective.

HUM 3304 Values in Conflict (3). Philosophical, ethical, and religious foundations of Western civilization and significant challenges its value system has received from critical and revolutionary thought.

HUM 3306 History of Ideas (3). The historical development of fundamental concepts through an interdisciplinary cultural approach. Nature, freedom, beauty, virtue, alienation, and relativism are traced in literature, art, and philosophy including the social context of developing ideas.

HUM 3325 Women, Culture and History (3). Examines women’s lives within various world cultures and historical periods. Examines the cultural meaning attributed to women, women’s lived experiences and historical contributions.

HUM 3432 The Roman World (3). An in-depth examination of selected cultural monuments and events of the Roman Republic and Empire and of the forces that helped shape them.

HUM 3435 The Medieval World (3). An in-depth examination of cultural monuments of the European Middle Ages and of the forces that helped shape them.

HUM 3514 Art in Context (3). Examines topics concerning art in the context of the history and culture of a particular society (May be repeated with a change in content.) Prerequisite: Junior standing.

HUM 3545 Art and Literature (3). A study of a period in the history of visual art as it relates to literature. Topics may include art and mythology, sacred and profane love in art and literature, painting and poetry, and the novel and art.

HUM 3562 Politics and the Arts (3). Explores arts and patronage in relation to the politics and ideologies of a given place and time. Topics vary. (May be repeated with a change in content.)

HUM 3591 Art and Technology (3). Explores the relationship between innovations in technology and artistic expression. Course theme is media based, and varies from semester to semester. (May be repeated with a change in content.)

HUM 3930 Female/Male: Women’s Studies Seminar (3). This course interprets and contrasts the status of women and men in context with women’s inequality. Diverse topics include the workplace, family, education, image, violence and ethnicity.

HUM 3939 Special Topics (3). An examination of specific topics in the humanities. The topics may vary from semester to semester. (May be repeated with a change in content.)

HUM 4248 The World of Dante and Giotto (3). Examines the culture of medieval Italy, with emphasis on the writings of Dante Alighieri and the paintings of Giotto di Bondone. Prerequisites: HUM 2512 or ARH 2050 or ARH 2051, or permission of the instructor.

HUM 4392 Human Concerns (3). Examines concerns important to the human condition, including varying conceptions of human nature, the relation of the individual to society, the quest for identity, the search for meaning through literature, art and social institutions. (May be repeated with a change in content.)

HUM 4431 The Greek World (3). An in-depth examination of selected cultural monuments and events of the Greek World in the Classical and Hellenistic periods and of the forces that helped shape them. (May be repeated with change in content.)

HUM 4491 Cultural Heritages and Cultural Changes (3). Focuses upon various cultures and their development, including such topics as: cultural evolution and revolution, ethnicity and pluralism, and subcultures and countercultures. (May be repeated with a change in content.)

HUM 4543 Literature and Philosophy (3). The interpretation of literature and philosophy from an interdisciplinary perspective. In addition to philosophical novels, poetry, and drama, the course may examine the philosophical scrutiny of literature.

HUM 4544 Literature and the Humanities (3). Literature from an interdisciplinary perspective. Literary texts are related to the cultural context of their production and the ideas surrounding them.

HUM 4555 Symbols and Myths (3). An in-depth examination of mythology and symbolic language within the cultural and psychodynamic forces that inform them. This course gives special emphasis to Classical myths.

HUM 4561 Ethics and the Humanities (3). Human values studied from an interdisciplinary perspective. Selected ethical issues are examined using philosophical, historical, or literary texts. The relationship between ethical values and cultural achievements is explored.

HUM 4580 Film Humanities (3). Studies the significance of film in Western culture: the language, semiotics and technique of films with the aid of appropriate cinematographical material.

HUM 4920 Humanities Seminar (3). Addresses a specific topic in-depth from a variety of perspectives. Topics will be announced in advance. (May be repeated with a change in content.)

LAT 1130 Latin I (5). Emphasis on grammar and on acquiring basic reading and writing skills.

LAT 1131 Latin II (5). Emphasis on grammar and on acquiring reading and writing skills. Prerequisite: LAT 1130.

LAT 2200 Intermediate Latin (3). Emphasis on grammar and on acquiring basic reading and writing skills. Prerequisite: LAT 1131.

LAT 3202 Latin Prose Writers (3). Translation into English and grammatical analysis of selected texts of classical prose writers such as Cicero, Caesar and Livy. Prerequisites: Reading knowledge of Latin or LAT 2200.

LAT 3203 Readings in Latin Literature (3). Translation into English and grammatical analysis of selected texts of Latin authors, prose and verse, such as Cicero, Livy, Virgil and Horace. (May be repeated with a change in content.) Prerequisites: LAT 1131 or reading knowledge of Latin.