Humanities (HU)


HU 112  The Rhetoric of Social Justice Movements & Public Advocacy  3 Credits (3,0)

This course surveys theories of rhetoric from antiquity and onward to make sense of the ways symbolic expression is put to work to mobilize change. Students will engage questions of ethics, responsibility, agency, and advocacy by examining evolving social justice movements that continue to be addressed in the present.

HU 118  Digital Publics & Rhetorical Theory  3 Credits (3,0)

This course surveys rhetorical histories and theories to understand how the self and the digital realms become interconnected. Students will seek out a variety of digital platforms (e.g., blogs, vlogs, websites, podcasts, forums, video games, social media, etc.) to study how shared behaviors, technologies, values, spaces, and knowledge-making practices enable publics to emerge and transform across digital spaces. Since digital platforms are never simply neutral or a-rhetorical spaces, these digital publics afford insight into the ways issues of gender, race, ethnicity, dis/ability, and class show up in interesting and powerful ways.

HU 131  History of Jazz  3 Credits (3,0)

This class emphasizes the history of jazz, including the prominent artists as well as the cultural and societal forces that shaped the music evolution. The course will involve extensive listening and reading as well as use interactive response technology.

HU 132  History of Rock and Roll  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines wide-ranging and often controversial rock artists in relation to the history of youth counter-culture, civil-rights and women's rights. The course will involve extensive listening and reading as well as use interactive response technology.

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.

HU 146  Music Appreciation  3 Credits (3,0)

Listening to and analyzing music as cultural artifacts; Elements of music (rhythm, meter, tempo, pitch), instrumentals of music and musical genres.

HU 147  Digital Media Storytelling  3 Credits (3,0)

This course surveys current trends in dynamic digital storytelling through the exploration of image, text, and design. Students will consider narrative conventions in digital new media production, including how stories are crafted and produced for various new media genres. Students will identify best practices for the implementation of a digital storytelling projects through their engagement in-class discussion, studio production workshops, and the use of varied digital new media-driven tools and publishing platforms.

HU 148  Art and History of Podcasting  3 Credits (3,0)

An introduction to contemporary and classic examples of audio storytelling and an opportunity to explore podcasts and other audio productions from a critical perspective. Discussion of styles, genres, and conventions of radio and audio production, as well as the cultural contexts in which audio media circulate ideas and influence public discourse.

HU 149  Writing Games: Video Games as Rhetorical Texts  3 Credits (3,0)

Analysis and creating video games to understand how games operate as rhetorical texts; exploration of the rhetorical dimensions of writing within and about games; consideration of how games are a form of writing and how writing hybridizes genre conventions.

HU 162  Art of the Prehistoric and Ancient World: Caves, Kings, and Pyramids  3 Credits (3,0)

This course introduces key examples of the earliest articulations of artistic creation, including painting, sculpture, architecture, and the portable arts from prehistory (c. 77,000 BCE) to approximately the 4th century CE in early Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas, with a special focus on the ancient Near East and Egypt.

HU 163  Art of the Classical World: Gods, Heroes, and Empire  3 Credits (3,0)

This course introduces key examples of architecture, mural painting, sculpture, funerary arts, textiles, and the portable arts from c. 3200 BCE to c. 337 CE. Works of art from prehistoric and Bronze Age Aegean, ancient Greece and neighboring Etruria (modern Italy), and the territories of the Roman Empire up through the rule of Constantine I will be examined.

HU 164  Foundations of Visual Art: An Examination of Visual Culture  3 Credits (3,0)

This course develops visual literacy and critical thinking skills in order to achieve a better understanding of visual communication through the study of art. It provides a foundation in the basic vocabulary, concepts, processes, and history of art. This course uses a thematic approach to investigate how cultural and art historical conventions influence individual artists response to changing global, communal, technological and personal conditions. Works of art, sculpture, architecture, and film from various cultures are analyzed.

HU 165  Travel and Adventure Nonfiction Literature  3 Credits (3,0)

The course focuses on the genre of travel and adventure nonfiction literature and promotes critical thinking about the creation and loss of self, a creation of a persona and of voice and style in a literary work, the values of cultures, the tensions sometimes occurring between Western cultures and traditional cultures, and about reactions to adversity

HU 171  The Origins of Film in America and Europe  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines major technological, artistic, historical, social, and economic developments and debates from the earliest days of cinema to the present. Students will examine the experiments of the early pioneers of cinema and the rise of mass spectacle and continue to a discussion of the origins of the Hollywood studio, sound technology, the star rating system, and the development of film genres. Later developments to be explored include film form and narrative that emerged in post-World War II Europe and creative experiments in the 1960s and 70s. The course will conclude with an investigation of how the development of the latest digital technologies have produced new frameworks for film form, content, and culture.

HU 172  Exploring Science Fiction Films  3 Credits (3,0)

Genres of science fiction films. Identification of dominant themes; analysis of film meaning making; cultural values; critical thinking; examination of visual and auditory film features; film as cultural artifacts.

HU 173  Myth and the Marvel Cinematic Universe  3 Credits (3,0)

Modern pop-cultural film traditions, rhetorical, and mythological theoretical lenses applied to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's 25-film achievement the "Infinity Saga". Questions of culture, language, justice, and myth; examinations of film text and production; commentary and critique of American society through film, epideictic rhetoric, and myth.

HU 175  Masterpieces: Art, Music and Literature of Europe Renaissance through the Nineteenth Century  3 Credits (3,0)

This survey course introduces students to the concept and purpose of the humanities using examples of European masterpieces, including art, sculpture, music, instrument development, and literature in the form of plays, poetry, and novel from the Renaissance through the Nineteenth Century.

HU 199  Special Topics in Humanities  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics.

HU 299  Special Topics in Humanities  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics.

HU 320  Aesthetics of Visual and Musical Arts  3 Credits (3,0)

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY******Provides a survey of the major artistic monuments of Western culture and discusses the methods by which artistic productions are analyzed.
Prerequisites: Any HU Lower Level or any HON course.

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: Any HU Lower Level or any HON course.

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: Any 100 or 200 level HU course

HU 332  Cross-Cultural Communication  3 Credits (3,0)

Communication among different cultures and identities in interpersonal relationships, social and professional settings, and media texts. Strategies to make positive use of cultural and social differences for cooperative relationships.
Prerequisites: Any HU 140 series course

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

Humanistic analysis of technology and related science, with special attention to their influence on modern American culture in a global context. History and development of technology; societal and ethical aspects of technology in relation to philosophies such as determinism and utilitarianism; influence of technology on the ecosphere; and depictions of technology in imaginative literature, the fine arts, and popular culture.
Prerequisites: Any 100 or 200 level HU course

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: Any HU Lower Level or any HON course.

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: Any HU Lower Level or any HON course.

HU 356  Audio Production & Podcasting  3 Credits (3,0)

An introduction to podcasts and audio production wherein students will produce a variety of audio content, along with relevant written and multimedia content. Discussion and practice with rhetorical listening, soundscaping, interviewing, documentation, storytelling, scriptwriting, transcription, and accessibility, along with possible introductions to digital humanities scholarship, media ethics, fandoms, music, intellectual property, distribution, and marketing.
Prerequisites: COM 221 or COM 222

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 399  Special Topics in Humanities  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics.

HU 415  Nonverbal Communication  3 Credits (3,0)

Communication behaviors not involving written or spoken words. Personal appearance; vocal qualities; body language, including posture, gestures, facial and eye behaviors; the use of space, territoriality, and touch in various contexts. Research strategies for observing, measuring, analyzing, and understanding nonverbal 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 or COM 223)

HU 499  Special Topics in Humanities  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics.