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HUM 100: Survey of the Humanities (3 cr.) — Introduces the humanities through the art, literature, music, & philosophy of various cultures & historical periods. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

HUM 111-112: Great Books I-II (3 cr.) — Introduces selected great works of philosophy and literature, with emphasis on close analysis of the text. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

HUM 165: Controversial Issues in Contemporary American Culture (3 cr.) — Introduces students to selected issues in contemporary American culture. Includes topic areas ranging from welfare reform, economic development, privacy, environmental protection and conservation, evolution vs. creation, to family values, and special interest lobbying in our state and national governments. Focuses on the development of the student’s critical thinking skills by analyzing, evaluating, and reflecting on opposing sides of the same issue as expressed by public leaders, special interest groups and academicians. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week..

HUM 201: Survey of Western Culture I (3 cr.) — Studies thought, values, and arts of Western culture, integrating major developments in art, architecture, literature, music, and philosophy. Covers the following periods: Ancient and Classical, Early Christian and Byzantine, Medieval, and Early Renaissance. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

HUM 202: Survey of Western Culture II (3 cr.) — Studies thought, values, and arts of Western culture, integrating major developments in art, architecture, literature, music, and philosophy. Covers the following periods: Renaissance, Baroque, Enlightenment, Romantic, and Modern. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

HUM 210: Introduction to Women in Humanities (3 cr.) — Introduces interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and historical perspectives on the influence of women as evidenced in art, literature, religion, philosophy and music. Prerequisite: ENG 112. Lecture 3 hours per week.

HUM 211-212: Survey of American Culture I-II (3 cr.) — Examines elements of our national culture as they evolved from the first European explorations through colonization and independence to the present day. Lecture 3 hours per week. Need not be taken in sequence.

HUM 220: Introduction to African-American Studies (3 cr.) — Presents an interdisciplinary approach to the study of African- American life, history, and culture. Examines specific events, ideologies, and individuals that have shaped the contours of African- American life. Studies the history, sociology, economics, religion, politics, psychology, creative productions, and culture of African- Americans. Lecture 3 hours per week.

HUM 241-242: Interdisciplinary Principles of the Humanities I-II (3 cr.) — Integrates unifying principles of the humanities and related fields of study. Emphasizes the expansion of the student’s intellectual perspective and development of concepts enabling the integration of knowledge from diverse fields into a unified whole. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

HUM 256: Mythology in Literature and the Arts (3 cr.) — Studies cultural expressions of mythology in literature and the arts. Considers several of the following mythologies, with emphasis on parallels and divergences: Egyptian, Near- Eastern, Greek, Roman, Celtic, Norse, Asian, and African. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

HUM 259: Greek Mythology (3 cr.) — Surveys and analyzes major stories from Greek Mythology. Explores psychological, anthropological, and historical interpretations of the myths. Acquaints students with recurring mythological themes in language, art, music, and literature. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

HUM 260: Survey of Twentieth-Century Culture (3 cr.) — Explores literature, visual arts, philosophy, music, and history of our time from an interdisciplinary perspective. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

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