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Course Description - Humanities

HUMA1300L Introduction to Archeology (3 Credits)

This course is an introduction to anthropological archeology. It first examines the history and development of the discipline along with a survey of the methods, theories, and practice in modern archeology. The course then focuses on the major developments in world prehistory. These include human origins and the evolution of culture, prehistoric technology, peopling of the globe, the domestication of plants and animals, prehistoric trade and exchange, the development of tribes and chiefdoms, and the formation of ancient states in the Old and New Worlds.

HUMA1310L Cultural Anthropology (3 Credits)

This survey course involves the study of human beings and their cultures, customs, origins and development. Specific topics examined and discussed include human origins and evolution, human cultures, race and ethnicity, religions, taboos, political systems, economic systems, kinship, sexual norms and mores, gender roles, marriage, educational systems, art, and the effects of globalization on local cultures.

HUMA1450L Myth in 20th Century America (3 Credits)

The course introduces 20th century U.S.. popular culture as a source of insights into the development of both the American culture and the American dream. Myths of the old frontier, rugged individualism, success, endless abundance, rural simplicity, redemptive mission, melting pot and new frontier, are covered. These are examined through the impact of various media including fiction, speeches, movies, TV and advertisements. Classes consist of informal lectures, group seminars on readings, and use of the media mentioned above.

HUMA1500L Arabic Language and Culture (3 Credits)

This course is designed to teach the students the Arabic alphabet, numbers and their sounds accurately. Also, to teach basic vocabulary words of conversation in the form of politeness, social greetings, etc. Also, the course touches on different Arabic culture, such as education, politics, women’s roles, dress code, food, etc.

HUMA1510L Chinese Language and Culture (3 Credits)

This course is intended for non-Chinese background students with no previous knowledge of Chinese. Emphasis is placed on developing conversational and reading skills, while some relevant cultural background is also integrated with the language training. The Chinese phonetic system “Pinyin” is introduced at the beginning of the course. Vocabularies of 120 words plus approximately 30 sentence patterns are covered in this course.

HUMA1550L Music Appreciation (3 Credits)

This course is designed to see and understand the connection of music to human life and living in order to demonstrate its importance in the world. Throughout this course, music of different cultures and styles will be explored in our societies. (9/2013)

HUMA1600L Introduction to Theatre (3 Credits)

This overview of theater through the production process combines a history of theater with elements of stage craft, acting technique, play analysis and script writing. (Prerequisite: ENGL1200L or LENG1200 or POI)

HUMA1610L Acting and Scene Study I (3 Credits)

A workshop-style, basic acting and scene study, this course is based on the Sanford Meisner approach, and an overview of the great theater practitioners from Thespis to Stanislavski. Students participate in vocal and movement activities, as well as theater exercises, and they analyze characters through scene studies of playwrights’ texts. (Prerequisite: HUMA1600L or LHUM1600)

HUMA2000L Introduction to Canadian Studies (3 Credits)

Students acquire an understanding of a nation that is becoming increasingly important to the United States. Why two countries instead of one? Free trade? A unified North American economic zone? Quebec separatism? National health care? These and other pertinent issues are studied and discussed. By comparing the United States with Canada, students gain a better understanding of their own culture.

HUMA2500L Humanities in Western Civilization I (3 Credits)

This interdisciplinary course examines evolutions of western culture from its classical origins up through 1550 A.D.. This is accomplished through the examination of multiple perspectives including literature, art, music, philosophy, politics and theater. Classes consist of lectures, group seminars on readings and student projects.

HUMA2520L Humanities in Western Civilization II (3 Credits)

This interdisciplinary course examines the ideological, economic, political, religious, psychological, artistic, social, philosophical, and military components involved in the cause and effect relationships which have molded the western cultural heritage from 1650 to the present. Classes consist of informal lectures, readings, quizzes, seminars on readings, and student presentations.