Course Descriptions


HUM 351
Ancient Myth, Folklore, and Legend
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 traditional folk topics, including myths, fables, aphorisms, superstitions, fairy tales, and other sources of folk belief. This course teaches students to take knowledge of ancient myths and understand the connections to the culture that produced the myths and folklore in addition to understanding how certain myths have helped shape some current cultural values.

HUM 352
Modern Myth, Folklore, and Legend
3 credits

World folklore has traditionally shaped humanity’s consciousness, but folklore has also been shaped by humanity’s consciousness, especially as changes in culture and technology occur.  This course explores modern myths and urban legends, but also describes the tools used to define what modern folklore is. Additionally, students will explore modern folklore and myths like urban legends to see how they reflect changing culture mores.

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

This course begins with prehistory and ends in the European Renaissance, using numerous cultural lenses (politics, arts, warfare, material/household culture, technology, etc.).  Students will learn about the formation and emergence of culture in Mesopotamia and then explore the various cultural, philosophical, and religions systems of Egypt, Judea, Greece and Rome as well as Buddhism and Islam.  Students will then learn about the European Middle Ages and Renaissance.  Finally, students will learn about the cultures of Africa, Asia, and the Americas for this time period.  By studying the ideas in various and historical cultures, students will have a better understanding of the issues that continue to impact humanity currently.

HUM 361
Human World Views: 1650 CE - present
3 credits

This course begins an analysis of culture from numerous focal points (politics, arts, warfare, material/household culture, technology, etc.) starting in 1650 when Western culture started to enter the modern age.  Students will learn about various cultural movements including The Reformation, the Early Modern Age, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, the Age of Imperialism, and various cultural movements in the 20th century.  Students will then take this information to look at the present and to the future.