Humanities (HUMU)

HUMU 200 Women's Realities

This course serves as an introduction to women’s studies as an academic discipline and a critical analysis of the traditional views of women as individuals, members of families, and societies. The perspective is historical as well as cross-cultural. 3 credits.

HUMU 250 Humanities in the Digital Culture

This course provides an introduction to the evolving field of digital humanities. It examines the cultural and social impact of digital technologies from the perspective of the humanities. Students will analyze the ways in which digital technologies transform our experience of time, space, privacy, and social engagement. 3 credits.

HUMU 320 Roll Over Beethoven: A Survey of Rock and Roll

A survey of the many musical styles and cultural movements collectively called "rock’n’ roll" that have developed since the mid-1950s. The course will examine the artistry of rock music, as well as its historical contexts and social implications. Online only. 3 credits.

HUMU 329 Experimental Topics in the Humanities

An examination of selected topics in the humanities relevant to evolving areas of importance to the field. Syllabi must be approved by the Dean and announced to the Curriculum and Academic Committee prior to being offered. May be repeated for credit provided the course content is different. 3 credits.

HUMU 345 Art, Media Technology, and Culture

The goal of this course is to explore the particular ways that art transforms culture. Technologies, from ancient oral narratives through medieval cathedrals, geographical explorations, public theatres and the printing press to the nearly ubiquitous open access of current electronic media, will be studied as essential to both the creation of the works themselves as well as to their transmittal over space, time and peoples. The course historically contextualizes a number of critically important artistic units of cultural information [epiphanies or memes] in order to demonstrate the process of cultural evolution. The course also highlights the primacy of the imagination and the intertwining roles of creator/artist/adapter, medium chosen and publisher/producer/promoter. Online only. 3 credits.

HUMU 347 Society, Culture, and Literature

In this course, students will examine popular literature and culture as a way of critically analyzing society. They will analyze the interrelationship between literature, culture and society, as it has existed in America since post-WWII. Students will read popular genres such as post-modern literature, African American literature, Irish American literature, emergent ethnic literature, and gay/lesbian literature among other genres. Students will interpret the literature and analyze the role of culture and society on literature and vice versa. Online only. 3 credits.

HUMU 449 Multicultural Perspectives: A Passage to India

Students will examine culture, identity, and ethnic diversity. Students study the value systems which underlie customs, traditions, folklore, history, geography, art, and literature using the exemplar of the Indian sub-continent. The goal of the course is to increase awareness and respect for similarities and differences among global and domestic cultures and subcultures. Online only. 3 credits.

HUMU 499 Independent Study

Prerequisites: Instructor's approval and approval of petition.

Directed reading and/or research designed to meet specific needs of superior upper division students. 1-3 credits.