Course Descriptions

Humanities


HUM 204
Folklore
3 credits

In many ways, world folklore is the basis of the arts and also a strong influence on areas as diverse as psychology and religion. This course acquaints the students with an array of topics, including myths, proverbs, superstitions, fairy tales, and other sources of folk belief.


HUM 301
Biblical Studies
3 credits

This course presents the Bible as historical literature through which the roots of the Judeo-Christian world view are traced. Using a biblical perspective, social issues such as the origin of racism, sexism, and other contemporary issues are discussed and analyzed.


HUM 302
World of Wines
3 credits

Introduction to the world of wines explores the different wine producing grapes and wine regions around the world in terms, growing condition, and the skill of winemakers to produce wines which reflect the character and style of these world class regional wines. This will be accomplished with an in-depth study and discussion of the key wine grape regions in the world, including historical and geographical backgrounds, pertinent grape varietals and manufacturing processes. Each week will include a wine tasting and evaluation to support the premises. Sensory perception will also be utilized to gain a pragmatic approach to food and wine matching.

Prerequisite(s): Must be 21 years of age to register for this section. Lab fee required.


HUM 305
Religion in America Today
3 credits

The United States was founded on ideals which include the dual concepts of religious freedom and religious tolerance. Yet, many religious beliefs and practices in this country are misunderstood and the actual degree of diversity is underestimated. At times, tension between religious freedom and religious tolerance has been the cause of unrest – even violence. This course is designed to increase religious literacy as a means of understanding the diversity of world views, beliefs, and practices of those with whom we coexist. Content will include an overview of religion in the United States from colonial times to the present, with an emphasis on contemporary issues and current events.


HUM 306
Comparative Religion
3 credits

This course is a survey of the major world religions and their relationship to the broad cultural settings in which each impact. This course also helps to promote awareness and appreciation of the diversity of religious thought and helps students going into the "working world" to develop spiritual sensitivity in their professions. Also, a development of a broader perspective helps strengthen relationships with the diverse culture of today’s society.


HUM 307
The Performing Arts
3 credits

This course is an introduction to all disciplines of performing arts, with special emphasis on the arts in Delaware. Attendance at a variety of performing arts events and reviews and critiques of these programs are an essential part of the course.


HUM 310
Building Brain Power
3 credits

This course seeks to unlock the individual’s creative potential, both personally and professionally. Creativity is typically ascribed to the outstandingly gifted and, most notably, artists. Therefore, many assume they cannot be creative unless they were born especially talented. However, research indicates that creative skills can be taught and developed. Considering the magnitude and complexity of problems facing contemporary society, fostering the understanding and growth of creative potential has become a crucial agenda.


HUM 325
Empowerment Strategies
3 credits

This course offers strategies for seeing possibilities in situations, ways of changing perspectives, evaluating opportunities, and discovering the power within you to change your attitudes, your work, your relationships, and your life for the better.


HUM 330
Introduction to Modern Theater
3 credits

This course gives students a thorough understanding of the intricacies of play production, including the interacting roles of the dramatist, actor, and backstage worker. Also included is a brief history and discussion of the changing theater from 1930 to the present.


HUM 334
Italian Conversation and Culture
3 credits

This course will introduce students to the language and culture of the Italian-speaking world and promote the development of basic conversational student communicative competence in the target language. Students will also develop an awareness and appreciation of Italy’s regional intercultural and intra-cultural history and in Italy of the 21st century.


HUM 335
Italian American Heritage and Culture: A Local Perspective
3 credits

Italian Americans have played a central and continuous role in the American consciousness, shaping our political, economic, cultural and social lives. This course will explore the multi-layered history of Italian Americans, from Columbus to DiMaggio, from food and family to the entrapping stereotypes of The Godfather and The Sopranos. Special emphasis will be given to the local and regional impact of the Italian American community.


HUM 336
Irish American Heritage and Culture: A Local Perspective
3 credits

Irish Americans have played an integral role in shaping American political, economic, cultural, and social lives. This course will explore the multi-layered history of Irish Americans, from Commodore James Barry to the Kennedys, from food to the arts; each aspect of the course will seek to answer the question, “What does it mean to be Irish-American?” Special emphasis will be given to the local and regional impact of the Irish-American community.


HUM 337
African American Heritage and Culture: A Local Perspective
3 credits

African Americans have played an integral role in shaping American political, economic, cultural, and social lives. This course will explore the multi-layered history of African Americans, from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin to the Civil Rights era to Thurgood Marshall, from food to the arts; each aspect of the course will seek to answer the question, “What does it mean to be African American?” Special emphasis will be given to the local and regional impact of the African American community.


HUM 340
Hispanic Culture and Enrichment
3 credits

This course is an overview of the influence of Hispanic culture in American society. The student will explore the multicultural, multiethnic and multiracial aspects as well as the geography, history, language and culture of the many groups who have come to the United States and how these groups have and will influence the future of our country.


HUM 341
Native Americans
3 credits

This course includes the study of Native American social and economic history and culture. It will acquaint the students in a broad way with the struggles and accomplishments of the Native Americans. One of the aims of this course is to bring about greater understanding and appreciation of the contributions and achievements of the Native Americans.


HUM 342
Western Myth
3 credits

This course will examine the myths of the western world. Students will become acquainted with certain myths that have helped shape some of our western values and beliefs.


HUM 350
American Folklore
3 credits

Throughout its history, America has established a rich and varied folklore tradition. In this course, students will gain a greater understanding of this expressive area of study which explores the heritage of traditional America.


HUM 360
Human World Views: 3500 BCE–1650 AD
3 credits

Contemporary individual and societal issues have at least some basis in one or more philosophical positions or questions. While specific issues change over time, their philosophical bases have applicability or relevance. By examining the opinions and positions of some of history's most significant thinkers, as well as some of the most historic cultural influences in the arts, literature, and architecture, students directly benefit by bringing their own thoughts into sharper focus, thereby enriching conversation of contemporary life and issues

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122 or COM 245


HUM 361
Human World Views: 1650 AD–Present
3 credits

This course takes into consideration the major contemporary world views necessary for one to develop an informed and reasoned world view that will be a useful tool in making sense out of today's complex, fast-paced, and multi-faceted world

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122 or COM 245


HUM 410
Food: Art and Custom
3 credits

Food appreciation explores the rituals of dining, with emphasis on terminology and techniques used in the preparation and presentation of each dinner course, including complimentary beverages. Social and business implications of food will be discussed and demonstrated. Concentration will be on the pleasure that awareness of the art of food preparation affords the diner

Prerequisite(s): Must be 21 years of age to register for this section. Lab fee required.


HUM 411
Food: Art and Custom: International
3 credits

Food: International explores the cultural impact of dining in countries currently playing major roles in the global economy. Recognizing that the future will require traveling and working in the world community, this course will provide an introduction to the traditional dishes of the selected countries, the etiquette of dining in those countries, and the fusion of that food into American cuisine

Prerequisite(s): Must be 21 years of age to register for this section. Lab fee required.