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Humanities (HU)

Note: Regional Studies (RS) courses are also considered Humanities (HU) courses and can be taken as Humanities electives.

The Humanities 140 Series

The HU 140 series constitutes an integral component of the University’s General Education program. This series offers students a variety of choices, with each
course fulfilling a lower-level requirement in the humanities. Courses in the HU 140 series emphasize writing, reading, and appreciation skills and are designed to expose students to the complexity of human emotions and experiences. Students also explore the framework of historical and cultural contexts in which artistic and creative expressions have arisen.

In selecting a course from the HU 140 series, students have opportunities to concentrate their studies on one form of cultural expression, such as music, literature, or the visual arts. Others may opt for a course that provides a chronological examination of a cultural expression or a thematic approach to several disciplines in the humanities.

Courses

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 or COM 120.

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 or COM 120.

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 or COM 120.

HU 199  Special Topics in Humanities  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in humanities.

HU 299  Special Topics in Humanities  1-6 Credit

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

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 or HON 350.

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 or HON 350.

HU 320  Aesthetics of Visual and Musical Arts  3 Credits

Provides a survey of the major artistic monuments of Western culture and discusses the methods by which artistic productions are analyzed.
Prerequisites: HU 140 or HU 141 or HU 142 or HU 143 or HU 144 or HU 145 or HU 146 or HON 350.

HU 321  Mythology  3 Credits (3,0)

This course introduces the study of the myths of humankind, both ancient and modern, using perspectives and methods from archeology, anthropology, psychology, literature, and film. It explores what myths reveal about the human psyche and about historical and modern cultures. It builds facility in symbolic thinking and critical understanding of how this thinking influences contemporary literature, art, film, communication, and politics.
Prerequisites: HU 140 or HU 141 or HU 142 or HU 143 or HU 144 or HU 145 or HU 146 or HON 350.

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 or HON 350.

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 or HON 350.

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 or HON 350.

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 or HON 350.

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 or HON 350.

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 or HON 350.

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.

HU 399  Special Topics in Humanities  1-6 Credit

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

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 221 or COM 222 or COM 223.

HU 499  Special Topics in Humanities  1-6 Credit

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