Unlike the required curriculum for other majors, which is typically quite specific, the list of courses to complete the HBA major is highly variable. Students have a great deal of freedom to choose courses that suit their interests and needs. Once they have chosen an area of concentration, HBA students should also begin to take lower-division courses in that area.
NOTE: Many courses in the Humanities and Fine Arts divisions are offered once a year or once every two years, usually on a regular cycle. Students are advised to check with departments about those rotations. HUM 300 is offered during the Fall semesters of even numbered years (e.g. 2014, 2016). HUM 400 is taken during either semester of the final year of study.
HBA students are required to also complete a minor (in any field) or a second major (in any field).
A Humanities Minor requires the completion of HUM 300, and five additional courses from the different disciplines listed above for the HBA. If the student’s major is within the Humanities (e.g. English, Creative Writing or History), then the minor cannot include courses from that department. The Humanities BA degree requires completion of 124 credits overall, a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, and a grade of C- or above in all courses applied to the major.
In this course students study different answers to (and ways of asking) a basic question: What does it mean to be human? The course focuses on up to six different points in time and places on the map; these may vary from semester to semester. Some of the ways to unpack the course questions are as follows: What is Justice? How is mortality experienced? What is the relationship between humans and their gods or God? What are the rights, privileges or responsibilities of human beings? What are the values that guide human choices? What do humans consider beautiful or ugly, melodious or cacophonous? The course focuses on specific artifacts (e.g. texts, artwork, music) from those six periods, taking the time to analyze the artifact and the people that produced it. Discussion of some artifacts may be guided by guest lecturers who are scholars/artists in relevant fields. (Prerequisites: ENG 121/106, PHL 111 and HUM 120 or permission of the instructor)
In this course, students will go on a journey while asking a basic question: What does it mean to be human? The course starts on campus, moves to and through some other place in the world, then ends back on campus. While there will be traditional tours led by tour guides some days during the travel portion of the course, much of the time the focus will be on specific places and/or artifacts with the students in the course serving as the tour guides. Students will be expected to take the time to research before the trip, learning out those places/artifacts and the people that created them in depth. One of primary responsibilities will be simply to keep eyes (and minds) open and ask lots of questions. Assignments will include a journal, serving as a tour guide (involving a researched presentation using the artifact instead of a slide show), and a reflective essay (due after the return to campus). (Prerequisites: ENG 121/106, PHL 111 and HUM 120 or permission of the instructor)
In this capstone experience, students go back to the basic question that guided HUM 300: What does it mean to be human? The capstone is a “synthesis” experience, organized around writing and conversation and can include preparation for or debriefing from the Internship or Thesis. The students will be responsible for the selection of topics and/or artifacts that become the focus of the experience. (Prerequisite: HUM 300 and at least 40 credits toward the BA)
Required for students choosing the Humanities Thesis option in the Humanities Major. Students will have the opportunity to create a formal and publishable work that may be used in their portfolios for entry into employment or graduate school. Must be a senior. Available every semester and taught as an independent study course.
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