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.

Special Topics in Humanities (HUMN 198, 3 Credits)

A study of selected topics in the humanities. Students may receive credit for a given topic in either HUMN 198 or HUMN 398 only once.

Cultural Studies: Cambridge (HUMN 198C, 3 Credits)

An introduction to the city and the University of Cambridge. Topics include the origins of the city; the rise of the University and its colleges; the development and function of buildings, chapels, dining halls, gardens, and other academic institutions; and the character of student life during the past and in the present. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUMN 198C or HUMN 398C.

The Bullfight in Spanish Life and Culture (HUMN 198D, 1 Credits)

A survey of the historical, social, and artistic importance of the bullfight in Spain. The bullfight is examined both as a reflection of and as an influence on Spanish culture. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUMN 198D or HUMN 398D.

Films of Alfred Hitchcock (HUMN 198G, 1 Credits)

An examination of the ideas and techniques of one of the century's greatest film directors, Alfred Hitchcock. Topics include Hitchcock's evolution as a filmmaker and his film techniques. Three of his best-known American films, (Rear Window, North By Northwest, and Psycho) are viewed and discussed. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUMN 198G or HUMN 398G.

Films of Woody Allen (HUMN 198H, 1 Credits)

A detailed examination of the films of Woody Allen, beginning with the early comedies and progressing to the later dramatic films. The films' development, construction, motifs, critical and popular success are explored. Topics include Allen's influences; the nature and subjects of his comedy; his use of narrative; and recurrent themes of sex, love, death, psychoanalysis, and New York City. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUMN 198H or HUMN 398H.

Fortresses on the Rhine (HUMN 198J, 1 Credits)

An overview of more than 21 castles on the Rhine. Firsthand study of the Castle of St. Mark (Marksburg), the best preserved castle on the Rhine, is included. The siege of a castle is discussed.

Arts in Germany (HUMN 198P, 3 Credits)

A survey of German art, architecture, and music. Topics include baroque, religious, secular, and romantic art; Gothic, Romanesque, and modern German architecture; and the music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Hayden, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Wagner.

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.

Advanced Special Topics in Humanities (HUMN 398, 1 Credits)

A study of selected topics in the humanities. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for a given topic in either HUMN 198 or HUMN 398 only once.

Cultural Studies: Cambridge (HUMN 398C, 3 Credits)

An introduction to the city and the University of Cambridge. Topics include the origins of the city; the rise of the University and its colleges; the development and function of buildings, chapels, dining halls, gardens, and other academic institutions; and the character of student life during the past and in the present. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUMN 198C or HUMN 398C.

The Bullfight in Spanish Life and Culture (HUMN 398D, 1 Credits)

A survey of the historical, social, and artistic importance of the bullfight in Spain. The bullfight is examined both as a reflection of and as an influence on Spanish culture. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUMN 198D or HUMN 398D.

Mark Twain in Heidelberg (HUMN 398F, 1 Credits)

A study of the literary and historical merits of Mark Twain's work during his "Heidelberg" period. Focus is on A Tramp Abroad. Romance and realism are studied through architecture and museum tours. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUMN 198F or HUMN 398F.

Films of Alfred Hitchcock (HUMN 398G, 1 Credits)

An examination of the ideas and techniques of one of the century's greatest film directors, Alfred Hitchcock. Topics include Hitchcock's evolution as a filmmaker and his film techniques. Three of his best-known American films, (Rear Window, North By Northwest, and Psycho) are viewed and discussed. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUMN 198G or HUMN 398G.

Films of Woody Allen (HUMN 398H, 1 Credits)

A detailed examination of the films of Woody Allen, beginning with the early comedies and progressing to the later dramatic films. The films' development, construction, motifs, critical and popular success are explored. Topics include Allen's influences; the nature and subjects of his comedy; his use of narrative; and recurrent themes of sex, love, death, psychoanalysis, and New York City. Assignments include advanced reading and research. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUMN 198H or HUMN 398H.

American Film Genre Evolution (HUMN 398O, 1 Credits)

An examination of the idea of genre in the American cinema. Focus is on the definition, history, and future direction of film noir, the romantic comedy, the western, and the combat film. Classic clips and complete films by Altman, Eastwood, Lucas, Scorsese, Spielberg, and Tarantino are discussed.

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.