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 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 issue

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 worl

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122 or COM 245