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.
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.
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 351In 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.
Ancient Myth, Folklore, and Legend
HUM 352World 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.
Modern Myth, Folklore, and Legend
Human World Views: 3500 BCE – 1650 CE
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
Human World Views: 1650 CE - present
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
Contemporary Global Issues
Students in this class will explore contemporary global social and political issues as well as the historical events that set the stage for these issues, whether they are conflicts or peaceful. Coverage of the issues will encourage students to think critically about current events, their underlying causes, and their impact on affected populations. Topics will include human rights, poverty, population trends, environmental issues, starvation, resources and scarcity, globalization, human rights, and economic pressures. The capstone project for the class will be completed on a digital platform. HUM 381 is cross-listed with HIS 381.