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Humanities (HU)

Courses

HU 140  Western Humanities I: Antiquity and the Middle Ages  3 Credits

A continuation of COM 122 with an interdisciplinary emphasis. Traces the evolution of the Western humanistic tradition from antiquity to the Middle Ages using examples from art, architecture, music, philosophy, and literature. Emphasizes writing, reading, and appreciation skills.
Prerequisites: COM 122.

HU 141  Western Humanities II: Renaissance to Postmodern  3 Credits

A continuation of COM 122 with interdisciplinary emphasis. Traces the evolution of the Western humanistic tradition from the Renaissance to the Post-modern using examples from art, architecture, music, philosophy, and literature. Emphasizes writing, reading, and appreciation skills.
Prerequisites: COM 122.

HU 142  Studies in Literature  3 Credits (3,0)

A continuation of COM 122 with emphasis on a survey of literature. Reading materials include selected novels, poems, and plays. Emphasizes writing, reading, and appreciation skills.
Prerequisites: COM 122.

HU 143  Introduction to Rhetoric  3 Credits (3,0)

A continuation of COM 122, HU 143 offers a broad survey of rhetorical theory and practice. Whether noble or base, rhetoric primarily uses language to achieve a desired end, usually persuasion. This course employs primary and secondary readings as a means to examine how rhetorical principles manifest themselves in a variety of cultural texts and to understand the powers of persuasion. Although instructors may choose various approaches to teaching this course, students should expect some exposure to classical rhetoricians.
Prerequisites: COM 122.

HU 144  Studies in Art  3 Credits (3,0)

A continuation of COM 122 with an emphasis on art. Provides a foundation in the basic vocabulary, concept, processes, and history of art. Works of art, sculpture, architecture, and film from various cultures are analyzed. Emphasizes writing, reading, and appreciation skills.
Prerequisites: COM 122.

HU 145  Themes in the Humanities  3 Credits (3,0)

A continuation of COM 122 with interdisciplinary emphasis. Through close reading of primary texts and analysis of visual and performing arts, Themes in the Humanities explores ideas central to the evolution of culture. The course is not restricted by period and is open to the full range of humanistic studies. Themes vary by instructor and are listed in the Schedule of Courses. Emphasizes writing, reading, and appreciation skills.
Prerequisites: COM 122.

HU 146  Music Appreciation and Criticism  3 Credits (3,0)

A continuation of COM 122 with an emphasis on listening to and writing about music. Elements of music (rhythm, meter, tempo, pitch, and pitch relationships), instruments of music, and musical forms. The course emphasizes Western classical music.
Prerequisites: COM 122.

HU 199  Special Topics in Humanities  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in humanities.
Prerequisites: COM 122.

HU 299  Special Topics in Humanities  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in the humanities.

HU 300  World Literature  3 Credits (3,0)

Major works and literary trends in world literature. Course content varies by instructor and is listed in the Schedule of Courses.
Prerequisites: HU 140 or HU 141 or HU 142 or HU 143 or HU 144 or HU 145 or HU 146.

HU 302  Contemporary Issues in Science  3 Credits (3,0)

An examination of contemporary issues in science. Topics may include but are not limited to stem cell use, DNA engineering, reproductive medicine, obesity, the spread of disease, and responses to climate change. Course focuses on bridging science and humanities, examining how different disciplines approach problems of common interest. The course will include guest experts on selected topics. Focus varies by instructor.
Prerequisites: COM 221 or COM 222.

HU 305  Modern Literature  3 Credits (3,0)

The mainstreams of literature of this century. Course content varies by instructor and is listed in the Schedule of Courses.
Prerequisites: HU 140 or HU 141 or HU 142 or HU 143 or HU 144 or HU 145 or HU 146.

HU 310  American Literature  3 Credits (3,0)

A survey of intellectual backgrounds, major works, and literary trends in American literature. Course content varies by instructor and is listed in the Schedule of Courses.
Prerequisites: HU 140 or HU 141 or HU 142 or HU 143 or HU 144 or HU 145 or HU 146.

HU 316  Studies in Music  3 Credits (3,0)

Musical works, musical instruments, and the important developments in the technology of making the music of a specific style, a group of related styles, or a historical sequence. Social and intellectual context of the music studied. Course content varies from semester to semester and is listed in the Schedule of Courses.
Prerequisites: HU 140 or HU 141 or HU 142 or HU 143 or HU 144 or HU 145 or HU 146.

HU 325  Exploring Film  3 Credits (3,0)

A survey of the art of film. History of the cinema. Basic elements, photography, continuity and rhythm, movement, imaging, music and sound, script writing, directing, editing, acting, great film artists/directors, cinematographers, actors, etc.
Prerequisites: HU 140 or HU 141 or HU 142 or HU 143 or HU 144 or HU 145 or HU 146.

HU 330  Values and Ethics  3 Credits (3,0)

This course focuses on the process of practical ethics as a way of resolving moral conflict and of understanding professional responsibility in a multiculturally diverse society without devaluating specific viewpoints of ethical or metaphysical theory, ideology, or religion. Students will use proposals, value judgments, observation statements, assumptions, and alternate-world assumptions in arguing contemporary issues of moral importance. With this basic moral logic, students will resolve issues in terms of rights, responsibilities, and the community of rational beings in terms of consequences and contingencies and in terms of habituated virtues and character. Free and unrestricted discourse will be encouraged to let students find common ground in diversity.
Prerequisites: HU 140 or HU 141 or HU 142 or HU 143 or HU 144 or HU 145 or HU 146.

HU 335  Technology and Modern Civilization  3 Credits (3,0)

A humanistic analysis of technology, with special attention to its influence on modern American culture in a global context. Topics include the history and development of technology, the influence of technology on certain philosophies such as determinism and utilitarianism, the influence of technology on the ecosphere, and the depiction of technology in imaginative literature.
Prerequisites: HU 140 or HU 141 or HU 142 or HU 143 or HU 144 or HU 145 or HU 146.

HU 338  Traversing the Borders: Interdisciplinary Explorations  3 Credits

This course entails the study of different approaches to gathering, analyzing, and interpreting information. Special attention is directed to recognizing connections between the boundaries of traditional disciplines. Study also involves in-depth research into a single reality-altering event. Investigation focuses on how people trained in different ways of thinking participate in and contribute to their society and the world by shaping new cultural meanings. Pre-Requisite: Junior standing
Prerequisites: HU 140 or HU 141 or HU 142 or HU 143 or HU 144 or HU 145 or HU 146.

HU 341  World Philosophy  3 Credits (3,0)

This course focuses on an investigation of some of the central problems of philosophical inquiry such as what we can know and what we cannot know, how we reason, who we are, why we are here, and what we can hope for. Freedom, beauty, knowledge and logical thinking, mind, morality, god or gods, religion, truth, death, and existence might be explored using a variety of sources, including but not limited to contemporary thinkers of the European and the Anglo-American traditions. This course is designed to challenge assumptions and to help students deal with contemporary philosophical issues.
Prerequisites: HU 140 or HU 141 or HU 142 or HU 143 or HU 144 or HU 145 or HU 146.

HU 345  Comparative Religions  3 Credits (3,0)

A survey of the major religions of the world, beginning with a brief examination of the nature of religion and its study, as a vital aspect of human experience in history. This is followed by a survey of the eastern religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto, and finally a survey of the monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Sikhism.
Prerequisites: HU 140 or HU 141 or HU 142 or HU 143 or HU 144 or HU 145 or HU 146.

HU 355  Creative Writing  3 Credits (3,0)

The course culminates the interpretive and expressive elements of communications classes. The study, practice, and use of a personal style of creative composition and examples of contemporary literature and submittal of publications are included in this course.
Prerequisites: HU 140 or HU 141 or HU 142 or HU 143 or HU 144 or HU 145 or HU 146.

HU 363  Communication and Society  3 Credits (3,0)

An examination of human communication in a variety of cultural settings. Analysis of verbal discourses, non-verbal communication, symbolic imagery and media as means of constructing identity and social norms. Themes vary by instructor and are listed in the schedule of courses.
Prerequisites: COM 219 and Junior Standing.

HU 375  The Nature of Language  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides a practical investigation into how people use language functions as a system of meaning. The diversity, complexity, and intrinsic fascination of this most human of behaviors is studied largely with reference to the English language. Topics include popular ideas about language, language and identity, language structure and system, language media, language acquisition and learning, language and the brain, and world languages.
Prerequisites: COM 221 or COM 222.

HU 399  Special Topics in Humanities  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in the humanities.
Prerequisites: HU 14X or HU 199.

HU 415  Nonverbal Communication  3 Credits (3,0)

This course entails the study of communication behaviors and processes, not involving the expression of written or spoken words, contribute information to a message. Special attention is directed to the study of voice qualities; facial expression and body language; space, personal distance, and touch; the use of time and objects; and personal appearance. Study also involves nonverbal communication in applied settings, as well as research strategies for observing, measuring, and understanding non-verbal phenomena. Also offered as COM 415. Students receive either Communication or Humanities credit, but not both.
Prerequisites: COM 219 and COM 221 or COM 222.

HU 420  Applied Cross-Cultural Communication  3 Credits (3,0)

An examination of the challenges to communicating across the variety of sub-cultures present in work environments. Ethnicity, nationality, gender, physical impairment, and sexuality are among the areas of difference often present in business and professional environments that may influence the establishment of cooperative working relationships. Means for analyzing and developing strategies to transcend and make positive use of sub-cultural differences will be considered.
Prerequisites: COM 219.

HU 475  Senior Thesis  3 Credits (3,0)

The culmination of the student's experience in Interdisciplinary Studies major, requiring the student to complete documented original research that is demonstrably tied to at least two of the student's minor fields of study. Open to other students not enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Studies major who may take the course but must tie their original research to a topic appropriate for their major or minor area(s) of study. Expectations for original research (e.g., experiments, scientific observations, or interviews with subject matter experts) and integration of research into the thesis. Additional requirements to write project-management documents (e.g., a proposal, research plan, literature survey, progress report) and to defend research.This course will not fulfill the Upper Level (300-400) Humanities General Education requirement.
Prerequisites: COM 219 and COM 221.

HU 499  Special Topics in Humanities  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in the humanities.