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Humanities (HUMN)

Courses

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

This course emphasizes writing, reading and appreciation skills. Reading materials include selected novels, poems and plays.
Prerequisites: ENGL 123

HUMN 200  Warriors in World Literature  3 Credits (3,0)

Classic epics from a range of national literatures. May include Gilgamesh, Beowulf, the Song of the Volsungs, Sundjata. Exploration of the purposes of the genre within specific societies and time periods. Examples of contemporary reinterpretations.
Prerequisites: ENGL 123

HUMN 210  World Culture  3 Credits (3,0)

This course focuses on the cultural development of world societies including but not limited to religious, social, political, and philosophical arenas as all apply to contemporary circumstances. Skills emphasized are: comprehensive comparative reading, analysis and critiques, and writing.
Prerequisites: ENGL 123

HUMN 213  Introduction to Islamic Studies  3 Credits (3,0)

This interdisciplinary course will provide students with a broad overview of Islamic history and contemporary culture. It will explore the social and cultural conditions of pre-Islamic Arabia, the foundational teachings of Islam, the history and aesthetic form of the Quran, the biography and sayings of Muhammad and the relationship between Muhammad's biography and contemporary Islamic practices, including the daily rituals, modes of dress and gender norms variously observed in societies where Islam is predominant. The course will culminate with an exploration of specific cultural and social issues facing contemporary Muslims, including the role of women in public space, the separation between religion and politics, and religious violence. Skills emphasized will be: comprehensive comparative reading, analysis, and writing.
Prerequisites: ENGL 123

HUMN 220  Asian Studies  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will provide an overview of the historical and contemporary cultures found across Asia, for any student interested in the diversity of human experiences found across the largest continent in the world. Drawing on a variety of humanistic and social science disciplines, this course explores the influence of history, politics, and religion, among other topics, on contemporary Asian cultures.
Prerequisites: ENGL 123

HUMN 240  History of Communication Technologies  3 Credits (3,0)

A survey of the technologies humans have used to record and transmit their ideas and experiences, with an emphasis on major advancements in communication technology (e.g., cuneiform, the printing press, and hypertext and networked communication). Exploration of the cultural and social conditions of these technologies in order to evaluate the tools used to communicate and consider how material form shapes the production, transmission, and reception of messages.
Prerequisites: ENGL 123

HUMN 241  Introduction to Digital Humanities  3 Credits (3,0)

A survey of the field of digital humanities and its history, methods and theoretical approaches. The creation of humanities resources using digital tools and exploration of various forms of publishing, design, and research.

HUMN 250  Generative Artificial Intelligence in Real-World Contexts  3 Credits (3,0)

Foundational principles and methodologies surrounding generative Artificial Intelligence (AI), including application in real-world contexts and decision-making. Awareness of the ethical considerations and potential biases inherent in AI technologies. Responsible usage and sensitivity to societal impacts.

HUMN 256  Baseball History and Statistics  3 Credits (3,0)

Examines the history of baseball, from the sport's beginnings in the nineteenth century to the present day. Places baseball history in the context of American history, revealing how the national pastime has both reflected and influenced American society. Provides an overview of some of the statistics and statistical models used to measure and evaluate player performance, including not only such traditional statistics as batting average, slugging percentage, and earned-run average but also newer, more advanced metrics such as Wins Above Replacement and Weighted On-Base Average.

HUMN 299  Special Topics in Humanities  1-6 Credit (1-6,0)

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

HUMN 300  World Literature  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides a study of the major works and literary trends in world literature. Course content varies by instructor and is listed in the Schedule of Courses.
Prerequisites: ENGL 123

HUMN 310  American Literature  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is 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: ENGL 123

HUMN 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 multi-culturally 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 so as to let students find common ground in diversity.
Prerequisites: ENGL 123

HUMN 333  How Fiction, Film and Popular Culture Represent Science and Mathematics  3 Credits (3,0)

Students will explore representations of mathematics and science in literature, film and popular culture. Traditional media (books, drama, film, and television) as well as web-based media (webcomics, YouTube series, and podcasts) will be the venues in which students discuss the portrayal of the lives of scientists and mathematicians as well as scientific theories and mathematics concepts. Pre-Requisite: ENGL 123 and minimum of a 3-hour MATH course.
Prerequisites: ENGL 123

HUMN 340  Aviators and Aviation in Film  3 Credits (3,0)

Representation of aviators and aviation in popular film from the silent era to the present. Evolution from the aviator to the astronaut. Historical and social context of specific films. Birth of film as a novel technology. Introduction to film analysis.
Prerequisites: ENGL 123

HUMN 350  War in Contemporary American Literature  3 Credits (3,0)

Analysis of and writing about American literature from the 20th century to the present. Selected novels, short stories, poetry, comics, drama, and memoir. Particular focus on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the "War on Terror." Literary conventions and techniques considered in history and social contexts.
Prerequisites: ENGL 123

HUMN 399  Special Topics in Humanities  1-6 Credit (1-6,0)

These courses are individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in the humanities. Pre-Requisite: Consent of instructor and approval of the department chair.

HUMN 400  Science and Aviation/Aerospace Technology in Society  3 Credits (3,0)

Throughout history, science and technology have consistently transformed society. From medicine to communications to the arts and all points between, our culture is very much a society of science and technology. A systemic awareness of how science and technology both impact and are influenced by society is critical to function as a responsible professional in an increasingly complex world. This course will examine the interrelated roles that science and technology play in society, with a particular emphasis on aviation and aerospace.
Prerequisites: ENGL 123 and RSCH 202

HUMN 430  Ethics in Aviation  3 Credits (3,0)

Aviation ethics, integrating classical ethical theories with real-world applications specific to the aviation industry. Safety, security, engineering, air traffic management, environmental concerns, business practices, emerging technologies, through the lens of ethical theories such as Utilitarianism, Deontology, and Virtue Ethics. How ethics shape and are shaped by the aviation world. Future ethical challenges in aviation.
Prerequisites: ENGL 123

HUMN 431  Ethics and Artificial Intelligence  3 Credits (3,0)

Exploration of ethical issues related to artificial intelligence and big data technologies in contemporary cultural contexts. Review of questions concerning the collection and circulation of personal data, how human creative expressions and other information are used in training large language models, the social and environmental costs and benefits of artificial intelligence technologies, and/or other related issues.
Prerequisites: ENGL 123

HUMN 499  Special Topics in Humanities  1-6 Credit (1-6,0)

These courses are individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in the humanities. Pre-Requisite: Consent of instructor and approval of the department chair.