Course Descriptions

HUM 3010 IDEAS THAT SHAPED AMERICA (3 credits)
Explores ideas from America's European heritage that shaped modern America. Course taught only in the Semester in Europe Study Abroad program.

HUM 3020 SURVEY OF WESTERN ART (3 credits)
Explores Western art through first-hand visits to European cultural centers and classroom lectures during the Semester in Europe Study Abroad program.

HUM 3100 CREATIVITY (3 credits)
An overview of the creative process and its relationship to both personal and professional achievement. Theories of creativity are summarized, covering such topics as the creative personality, creative problem solving, and creative team work. Students will acquire the resources and techniques for stimulating creative thinking and facilitating creative problem solving. The course will encompass both individual and group exercises to stimulate creative thinking.
Prerequisite: 60 credit hours completed

HUM 3110 THE SEARCH FOR MEANING THROUGH THE HUMANITIES (3 credits)
An examination of the human search for meaning through perennial questions and their possible answers as expressed in intellectual, artistic, and social endeavors.
Prerequisite: 60 credit hours completed

HUM 3120 INTRODUCTION TO ART (3 credits)
A survey of visual media, past and present, with particular emphasis on expressionism and realism and how they mirror society. Technique as well as theory is covered.
Prerequisite: 60 credit hours completed

HUM 3130 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC (3 credits)
The study of music from the past and present, and its impact on our culture. Included is a survey of music from historical periods and the relationship of this auditory art form to other areas of the humanities.
Prerequisite: 60 credit hours completed

HUM 3140 INTRODUCTION TO MODERN ART (3 credits)
A chronological survey of major art movements beginning with Romanticism and culminating in the most recent developments in painting and sculpture.

HUM 3150 INTRODUCTION TO FILM ART (3 credits)
A survey of past and present films with particular emphasis on the elements of form and style. A history of film and survey of genres and styles is included.
Prerequisite: 60 credit hours completed

HUM 3200 CRITICAL APPRECIATION OF THE ARTS (3 credits)
Focuses on the special role of the arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, drama, music, dance, film, and photography as forms of human expression. Attention is given to definitions of art and various critical approaches to the arts in order to establish a foundation for critical response.
Prerequisite: 60 credit hours completed

HUM 3210 GENERAL HUMANITIES (3 credits)
Beginning with the advent of the Renaissance, this course traces the humanistic aspects of our intellectual development, as that development is manifested in painting, sculpture, architecture, music, literature, philosophy, political theory, and spiritual experience.
Prerequisite: 60 credit hours completed

HUM 3220 DESIGN PRINCIPLES (3 credits)
Exploration of human reaction to visual stimuli and the role of design to solve problems and make decisions in business and personal life. The goal is that students will make better functional, practical, and economic visual judgments.
Prerequisite: 60 credit hours completed

HUM 3230 UNDERSTANDING WESTERN ARCHITECTURE (3 credits)
This course is a comparative examination of the built environment as a cultural, technological, and artistic achievement. Basic design and technical concepts that allow buildings to stand up will be explored. In addition, the history of architectural development in the West, from prehistoric times to the present, will be surveyed. The focus is on architecture as an expression of culture, a systematic statement of values.
Prerequisites: HIS 2100, HIS 2150

HUM 3500 HONORS SEMINAR (3 credits)
Critical study of various forms of artistic expression to sharpen students' ability to form divergent points of view.
Prerequisites: 60 credit hours completed and approval of academic dean

HUM 3850 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3 credits)
Various topics in humanities. These may be one-time or occasional course offerings.
Prerequisite: Dependent on specific course content