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HUM 101: Studies in American Culture

Credits: 5.0

Examines values and assumptions in cultural texts that have helped shape characteristics called "American." Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENLG& 101.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehension of print and visual texts. [REASON]
  • Discern and articulate explicit and implied cultural content in print and visual texts. [REASON]
  • Compare cultural content of print and visual texts. [REASON]
  • Apply course concepts to print and visual texts in discussion and in formal writings. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Cooperate productively in groups to complete assigned tasks. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate comprehension of the concepts of mainstream and marginal in relation to American cultural texts. [EXPLORE]
  • Analyze evidence of competing perspectives in diverse groups' cultural expressions in print and images. [EXPLORE]

  • HUM 105: Introduction to Film

    Credits: 5.0

    Analysis and appreciation of film techniques and aesthetics, including historical background of selected films, literary criteria and major cinematic movements. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL 100 or above.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the basic elements of film and its particular vocabulary (narrative, mise en scene, cinematography, acting, editing, sound). [REASON]
  • Identify major films, theories and/or filmmakers, including characteristics of stylistic patterns in major directors' works. [REASON]
  • Analyze film techniques and dramatic and literary qualities. [REASON]
  • Write well-organized film analyses. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Communicate effectively in discussions, group work and oral presentations. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Evaluate and compare films within the cultural contexts in which they are made and viewed. [EXPLORE]

  • HUM 106: Film Genres

    Credits: 5.0

    Analysis, including psychological analysis, of the narrative patterns, conventions and traditions of film noir and other genres from the perspective of archetypal psychology.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the basic elements of various film genres (film noir, the Western, sci-fi, musicals, thrillers, etc.) and their particular vocabulary (narrative, mise en scene, cinematography, acting, editing, sound). [REASON]
  • Analyze film techniques, dramatic and literary qualities, and underlying themes, archetypes, and mythologies. [REASON]
  • Write well-organized film analyses. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Communicate effectively in discussions, group work and oral presentations. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Evaluate and compare films within the cultural contexts in which they are made and viewed. [EXPLORE]

  • HUM 108: World Mythology

    Credits: 5.0

    Study of selected myths and epics found in diverse cultures across the globe with some attention to psychological analysis. Prerequisite(s): Completion of ENGL 100 with a grade of 2.0 or higher or placement in ENLG& 101.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of mythological concepts and identify and disparate genres and forms of the works. [REASON]
  • Analyze and interpret psychological representations of the material, spiritual, cultural, and historical values/truths embodied in diverse myths. [REASON]
  • Evaluate and compare through written and oral means the distinctive ways diverse mythological texts shape and are shaped by cultural/historical/literary/political contexts and trends. [EXPLORE]
  • Dramatize and interpret, through collaborative presentation, the imaginative experience and appeal of representative myths in contemporary culture. [COMMUNICATE]

  • HUM 109: Greek Mythology

    Credits: 5.0

    Introduction to Greek myths: their nature and function in Greek society, history, and culture; different ways of interpreting them; their importance for the study of myth and literature in general. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Read, evaluate and analyze through written and oral means the nature of myths and their function in Greek culture and history by applying critical-reading methods/theories. [REASON]
  • Analyze and explain how myth can be exploited for social, political and ideological purposes. [REASON]
  • Identify the diversity of cultures, ethics, values, and ways of thinking across communities as embodied in selected myths. [EXPLORE]
  • Compare and interpret, both individually and collaboratively, the importance and influence of Greek myth on world culture. [COMMUNICATE]

  • HUM 155: Special Topics

    Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

    Topics and seminars of current interest in the humanities. Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission. Contact the English department for more information.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of a specific topic related to Humanities Studies. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate other topic-specific objectives as determined by the instructor. [REASON]

  • HUM 161: Events Production

    Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

    Under supervision of a faculty advisor, students earn credit for involvement in planning and implementing arts and cultural events sponsored by the college.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe, explain, and evaluate how they contributed to planning and implementing the event. [ACT]
  • Identify, explain, and evaluate knowledge and skills they used and/or developed as part of producing the event. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Describe, analyze, and evaluate the event and how it did or did not meet the college's and participant's goals and expectations. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate other objectives as determined by the instructor. [REASON]

  • HUM 188: Instructional Assistant Humanities

    Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

    Special teaching projects in the humanities. Prerequisite(s): Permission of supervising instructor.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate objectives determined by the supervising instructor. [REASON]

  • HUM 198: Individual Project in Humanities

    Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

    Selection, design and completion of project in the field of humanities. Student consults with faculty member in all aspects of the project. Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and explore/research topic(s) relevant to Humanities studies for individual study. [REASON]
  • Support findings/analyses by locating, using and citing suitable materials. [REASON]
  • Communicate findings from the individual study through an agreed-upon means, such as a paper, a presentation, or a display. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate other project-specific objectives as determined by the instructor. [REASON]

  • HUM 199: Special Projects

    Credits: 5.0

    Contact the English Department for more information. Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and demonstrate a well-developed understanding of a specific topic related to Humanities Studies. [REASON]
  • Support independent analysis, interpretation, or explanation of topic by locating, using, and citing suitable materials. [REASON]
  • Communicate findings from the individual study of topic through an agreed-upon means, such as a paper, a presentation, or a display. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate other project-specific objectives as determined by the instructor. [REASON]

  • HUM 201: American People

    Credits: 5.0

    Explores literary and popular expressions of American culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehension of course readings. [REASON]
  • Identify American cultural values, assumptions and characteristics as expressed in course readings. [REASON]
  • Explain how cultural expressions in course readings reflect their historical contexts. [REASON]
  • Apply course concepts to course readings in analytical essays and a major class project. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Collaborate with others in producing and presenting the class project. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Explain how texts read for the course and for the project reflect the experiences and perceptions of diverse groups within American culture at a particular time and place. [EXPLORE]
  • Use visual images to demonstrate diverse perspectives in American culture. [EXPLORE]

  • HUM 202: Studies in Culture

    Credits: 5.0

    Study of a particular culture with emphasis on aspects of contemporary life. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL 100.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe and explain how specific individuals/groups and major geographical, historical, and political elements have affected the culture(s) being studied. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Describe and explain current challenges that the culture faces. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Describe, analyze, and explain significant cultural elements, such as language, symbols, norms, values, beliefs and customs. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Describe, analyze, and explain expressions of the culture in art, music, literature, theatre, philosophy, and sport. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Describe and analyze the culture(s) in relation to other cultures, especially in reference to power relations, cross-cultural influences, political alliances, trade practices, etc. [REASON]
  • Compare and contrast various elements (political, cultural, economic, historical, etc.,) of the culture(s) with those of the USA. [REASON]
  • Apply knowledge, awareness, and/or skills to identify and analyze issues related to diversity. [EXPLORE]

  • HUM 210: Francophone Cultures:CD

    Credits: 5.0

    Course will survey the history, culture, geography, and current political climate of selected French-speaking communities, including, but not limited to, Haiti, Quebec, Louisiana, North Africa, and West Africa. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 100 with a grade of 2.0 or higher or placement in ENGL& 101. Crosslisted as: FRCH 210 and DIVST 215..

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Acquire and enhance cultural sensitivity and competence of the French speaking world. [REASON]
  • Understand the impact of cultural differences within the French speaking nations. [EXPLORE]
  • Develop necessary foundation and tools to become culturally competent and acquire better understanding of the cultural and political challenges facing the French speaking world and multicultural workplaces. [EXPLORE]
  • Learn practical tools to reduce cross-cultural misunderstanding and encourage positive cross-cultural and working relationships. [REASON]
  • Apply knowledge, awareness, and/or skills to identify and analyze issues related to diversity. [EXPLORE]

  • HUM 235: Publications

    Credits: 5.0

    Students form the editorial staff of the literary magazine and learn how to critique literary and visual arts. Includes an overview of editing, design, printing, and marketing. Prerequisite(s): ENGL& 101 or instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply creative and analytic techniques and reasoning to create and critique literary and/or visual-art works. [REASON]
  • Apply principles of layout and design to create a literary and visual-art publication. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Apply publication methods/principles to budget, produce, and market the publication. [ACT]
  • Identify, analyze and evaluate key historical issues in publishing. [REASON]

  • HUM 255: Special Topics

    Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

    Topics and seminars of current interest in humanities. Prerequisite(s): Instructor approval. Contact the English Department for more information.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and demonstrate thorough understanding of focused area of interest related to Humanities studies. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate other project-specific objectives as determined by the instructor. [REASON]

  • HUM 288: Instructional Assistant Humanities

    Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

    Advanced special teaching projects in the humanities. Prerequisite(s): Permission of supervising instructor.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate learning objectives as determined by the supervising instructor.

  • HUM 298: Individual Project in Humanities

    Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

    Selection, design and completion of advanced project in the field of humanities. Student consults with faculty member in all aspects of the project. Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Independently identify and explore/research topic(s) relevant to Humanities studies for individual study. [REASON]
  • Support findings/analyses by locating, using, and citing suitable materials. [REASON]
  • Communicate findings from the individual study through an agreed-upon means, such as a paper, a presentation, or a display. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate other project-specific objectives as determined by the instructor. [REASON]

  • HUM 299: Special Projects

    Credits: 5.0

    Contact the English Department for more information. Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Independently identify and demonstrate a thorough understanding of a specific topic related to Humanities studies. [REASON]
  • Support independent analysis, interpretation, or explanation of topic by locating, using, and citing suitable materials. [REASON]
  • Communicate findings from the individual study of topic. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate other project-specific objectives as determined by the instructor. [REASON]