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Undergraduate Course Descriptions for HUMA

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HUMA 2301. HUMANITIES I (3-0) An interdisciplinary study of the basic cultural patterns and traditions that inform our thinking. Provides a cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary introduction to the humanities, including literature, history, and philosophy. Credit may not be received for both PHIL 2301 (the predecessor course) and HUMA 2301.

HUMA 3301. INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH METHODS (3-0) Research methods required for reading and writing across disciplinary lines in the humanities. Background information and reading in authors (for example, A.O. Lovejoy, Josiah Royce, LeRoy Ladurie, and Kenneth Burke) who have taken a wide cultural perspective; bibliographical and research methods; and techniques for writing major term papers and undergraduate theses involving more than one discipline.

HUMA 3340. TOPICS IN HUMANITIES (3-0) In-depth treatment of an issue or topic in or relevant to the humanities tradition. May be repeated for credit with permission of the department.

HUMA 4301. CULTURE AND IDEAS (3-0) The way basic ideas of culture have been analyzed and applied in the humanities, recognizing that cultural analysis is not limited to a single discipline or perspective. Authors from the Classical and Renaissance periods who have sought to understand the interrelation of cultural development, the production of cultural artifacts (the fine arts, literary and dramatic arts, history), and philosophy. The work of major cultural analysts in a critical and historical context.

HUMA 4302. SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THEORY (3-0) Examination of the major social and political theories that have shaped Western thought. Topics may include the concept of the social, the role of the individual, the public/private distinction, and gender relations. Focus on particular theorists as well as issues.

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