Humanities

The Humanities major exposes students to the disciplines of literature, history, and religious studies to provide an advanced understanding of the cultural heritage of civilization and knowledge of the current human condition. Few majors better prepare students for the rigors of graduate study in law, government, international studies, or conflict resolution/peace studies. Humanities graduates have been highly successful in gaining admittance to competitive graduate schools. Some have chosen to seek licensure to teach high school; others have entered the business world where strong communication and analytical skills are highly valued. Admission to the Humanities major requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50, demonstration of competency in English composition, and the successful completion of 45 college level credits.

HUM 151      ETHICS AND CITIZENSHIP      Credits: 3

An exploration into the history of Western ethics and moral philosophy with a particular focus on the issues of authority, obedience, and resistance. The purpose is to familiarize students with the basic theories of moral philosophies and simultaneously explore the relationship between the individual and society through questions like: When is it appropriate to obey authority? When are we justified to resist? What ethical principles underlie these decisions?.

HUM 151H      ETHICS & CITIZENSHIP - HONORS      Credits: 3

An exploration into the history of Western ethics and moral philosophy with a particular focus on the issues of authority, obedience, and resistance. The purpose is to familiarize students with the basic theories of moral philosophies and simultaneously explore the relationship between the individual and society through questions like: When is it appropriate to obey authority? When are we justified to resist? What ethical principles underlie these decisions?.

HUM 152      HOW THE WEST CAME TO BE      Credits: 3

This course provides an overview of the Western humanistic tradition from the Middle Ages through the 21st century. In particular, it traces the movement from the pre-modern to the modern and, ultimately, to the postmodern world of today. Another theme of the course is to study push and pull between those who emphasize rationality, science and logic and others who underscore the lack of certainty and order at the heart of things. Our ultimate job is to take stock of where we are today by highlighting the links between the past and the present. Finally, this is an interdisciplinary course. It will bring together history, art, literature, philosophy and religion.

HUM 152H      HOW THE WEST CAME TO BE-HONORS      Credits: 3

This course provides an overview of the Western humanistic tradition from the Middle Ages through the 21st century. In particular, it traces the movement from the pre-modern to the modern and, ultimately, to the postmodern world of today. Another theme of the course is to study push and pull between those who emphasize rationality, science and logic and others who underscore the lack of certainty and order at the heart of things. Our ultimate job is to take stock of where we are today by highlighting the links between the past and the present. Finally, this is an interdisciplinary course that will integrate the honors program's focus on the city as a classroom. Not only will it bring together history, art, literature, philosophy and religion, but it will engage students with the place of the Western humanistic tradition in the actual world around them.

HUM 251      FROM THE PREMODERN TO THE POSTMODERN WORLD      Credits: 3

An overview of the Western humanistic tradition from the Middle Ages up to the 21st century. In particular, it traces the major paradigm shifts from the pre-modern to the modern and, ultimately, to the postmodern world of today. This is an intentionally interdisciplinary course, which weaves together the major ideas and revolutionary movements from such diverse areas as history, philosophy, literature, music, art as well as science and religion.
Prerequisites: HUM 151 with a D or higher.

HUM 251H      PREMOD TO POSTMOD WRLD- HONORS      Credits: 3

An overview of the Western humanistic tradition from the Middle Ages up to the 21st century. In particular, it traces the major paradigm shifts from the pre-modern to the modern and, ultimately, to the postmodern world of today. This is an intentionally interdisciplinary course, which weaves together the major ideas and revolutionary movements from such diverse areas as history, philosophy, literature, music, art as well as science and religion.
Prerequisites: HUM 151 or HUM 151H with a D or higher.

HUM 288      HUMANITIES SEMINAR      Credit: 1

These seminars are reading and discussion courses in areas related to the humanities. Some of the courses offered are: Who was Shakespeare?, Urban Ecology, Peace Studies, Eating Disorders, Current Events, and Media Literacy.

HUM 288H      DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR - HONORS      Credit: 1

These seminars are reading and discussion courses in areas related to the humanities. Some of the courses offered are: Who was Shakespeare?, Urban Ecology, Peace Studies, Eating Disorders, Current Events, and Media Literacy.

HUM 351      CHALLENGES OF GLOBAL DIVERSITY      Credits: 3

An interdisciplinary exploration of human images in non-American and non-Western literature and history. The course analyzes how humans deal with difference, focusing especially on colonialism and its impact in the non-Western world. Part and parcel of the course is also a search for better models guided by social justice, models that positively address the political, economic and social challenges in our Global Village today.
Prerequisites: HUM 251 with a D or higher or Junior status.

HUM 351H      CHALLENGES OF GLOBAL DIVERSITY- HONORS      Credits: 3

An interdisciplinary exploration of human images in non-American and non-Western literature and history. The course analyzes how humans deal with difference, focusing especially on colonialism and its impact in the non-Western world. Part and parcel of the course is also a search for better models guided by social justice, models that positively address the political, economic and social challenges in our Global Village today.
Prerequisites: HUM 251 or HUM 251H with a D or higher or Junior status.

HUM 377      DEPARTMENTAL TOUR      Credits: 3

A tour offered by the humanities department. Details vary by year.
Prerequisites: Instructor approval.

HUM 381      FIELD EXPERIENCE IN CROSS-CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING      Credits: 3

The student will prepare for a practical field experience in cross-cultural mission through anthropological and sociological studies of culture and poverty. The student will gain some skill in the language of ministry and research points of contact for effective witnessing.

HUM 382      ISSUES BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND ANOTHER RELIGION      Credits: 3

This course will present the theological and historical issues of conflict and commonality between Christianity and the other religion. The student will read the sacred texts of the religion, visit worship events, have guest speakers, and pursue research in order to grasp the inner life of another religion. The student will understand the current relations between the religions and grow in comfort relating to another religion.
Prerequisites: REL 211 or REL 221 with a D or higher.

HUM 399E      EXPERIMENTAL COURSE-HUMANITIES      Credits: 3

Experimental course option varies by term. Please see academic department for course description.

HUM 488      HUMANITIES SEMINAR      Credit: 1

These seminars are reading and discussion courses in areas related to the humanities. Upper division credit will require greater participation. Some of the courses offered are: Who was Shakespeare?, Urban Ecology, Peace Studies, Eating Disorders, Current Events, and Media Literacy.

HUM 488H      DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR - HONORS      Credit: 1

These seminars are reading and discussion courses in areas related to the humanities. Upper division credit will require greater participation. Some of the courses offered are: Who was Shakespeare?, Urban Ecology, Peace Studies, Eating Disorders, Current Events, and Media Literacy.

HUM 492      SENIOR THESIS PREPARATION      Credit: 1

This course is required for students planning to complete a senior thesis. The outcome of this course should be a thesis proposal.

HUM 493      HUMANITIES THESIS I: LITERATURE REVIEW AND PROJECT DESIGN      Credits: 2

The first of two courses required to complete the thesis option of the Senior Project for graduation from any major in the College of Arts & Sciences. Thesis students are guided through the initial components of the thesis, including literature review and experimental or project design, obtain approval from Concordia's Institutional Review Board (IRB) to proceed with the proposed research or project, and begin to implement the research or project.
Prerequisites: HUM 492 with a B or higher, upper division standing, and agreement of a faculty member to serve as Faculty Supervisor for thesis project.

HUM 494      HUMANITIES THESIS II: RESEARCH, WRITING, AND DEFENSE      Credits: 2

The second of two courses required to complete the thesis option of the Senior Project for graduation from any major in the College of Arts & Sciences. Thesis students are guided through the final components of the thesis, including the research or project itself, data gathering and analysis, and writing and defense of the thesis. The defense of the thesis will be a public event open to faculty, staff, students, and community members.
Prerequisites: HUM 493 with a C or higher.

HUM 499      INDEPENDENT STUDY      Credits: 2-3