Humanistic Approaches

(one unit to be taken during the first three years)

Learning Objectives

Students in courses in Humanistic Approaches acquire an understanding of how humans have addressed fundamental questions of existence, identity, and values and develop an appreciation of these issues of intellectual and cultural experience. Students also learn to explicate and to evaluate critically products of human reflection and creativity.

Guidelines

  1. Humanistic Approaches courses examine products of individual or collective human reflection and creativity. Accordingly, courses may include literary or artistic works or other evidence of the beliefs, customs, and institutions of a culture or cultures.
  2. Courses in Humanistic Approaches introduce students to methodologies appropriate to the exploration of beliefs about human existence, identity, and values.
  3. Humanistic Approaches courses explore these issues over time or across cultures.

Approved Courses

  • AFAM 101 Introduction to African American Studies
  • AFAM 205 Survey of African American Literature
  • AFAM 201 Black Fictions and Feminism
  • AFAM 265 Thinking Ethically
  • ALC 205 Great Books of China and Japan
  • ALC 215 Stories of the Strange: From Fox Spirits to the Monkey King in Chinese Literature
  • ALC 225 Visualized Fiction: Cinematic Adaptations of Traditional Chinese Literature
  • ALC 310 Death and Desire in Premodern Japanese Literature
  • ALC 320 Self and Society in Modern Japanese Literature
  • ALC 325 Chinese Cinema: Ideology and the Box Office
  • ALC 330 Writing the Margins in Contemporary Japanese Literature
  • ALC 335 The Chinese Classic Novel: Real Illusions, Virtuous Violence, and the Romance of the State
  • ASIA 350 Tibet - Real, Imagined, and Perceived
  • CLSC 200 Introduction to Classical Literature
  • CLSC 210 Classical Mythology
  • CLSC 211 Greek History
  • CLSC 212 Roman History
  • CLSC 231 Greek and Roman Epic
  • CLSC 325 Sex and Gender in Classical Antiquity
  • CLSC 330 Classical Receptions
  • COMM 170 Introduction to Media Studies: Governmentality and Torture
  • COMM 180 Introduction to Critical Issues in Public Culture: Democracy and Identity in US Public Discourse
  • COMM 291 Film Culture
  • ENGL 201 World Literature
  • ENGL 204 The American Dream: Loss and Renewal
  • ENGL 206 Literature by Women
  • GNDR 201 Introduction to Gender and Feminist Studies
  • HIST 101 Roots of the Western Experience
  • HIST 102 Western Civilization: 1650-1990
  • HIST 152 American Experiences I: Origins to 1877
  • HIST 153 American Experiences II: 1877 to Present
  • HIST 230 The Roots of English Society and Politics
  • HIST 224 Russia Since 1861
  • HIST 231 Britain and Britishness: The Making of the First Industrial Nation
  • HIST 245 Chinese Civilizations
  • HIST 246 History of China: 1600 to the Present
  • HIST 247 The Forging of the Japanese Tradition
  • HIST 248 History of Japan, 1600 to the Present
  • HIST 254 African American Voices -- A Survey of African American History
  • HIST 280 Colonial Latin America
  • HIST 281 Modern Latin America
  • HIST 291 Modern Africa
  • HIST 293 Early Africa to 1807
  • HIST 371 American Intellectual History to 1865
  • HON 211 Literary Odysseys: The Hero's Journey Home
  • HUM 201 Arts, Ideas, and Society
  • HUM 206 The Classics of Russian Literature
  • HUM 210 Power and Culture in Periclean Athens and Augustan Rome
  • HUM 260 It's Only Rock and Roll: Rock from Cradle to Adolescence
  • HUM 288 The Ideas of the Bible
  • LAS 100 Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • LTS 200/SPAN 210 Latina/o America: A Critical Introduction to Latina/o Studies
  • PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 215 Ancient Philosophy
  • REL 200 History and Literature of Ancient Israel
  • REL 202 Introduction to the Study of World Religions
  • REL 203 Jesus and the Jesus Traditions
  • REL 204 Religions of the Book: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • REL 208 Yoga and the Ascetic Imperative
  • REL 210 Comparative Christianities
  • REL 211 Islam in America
  • REL 212 The Religion of Islam
  • REL 233 Japanese Religious Traditions
  • REL 234 Chinese Religious Traditions
  • REL 265 Thinking Ethically
  • SOAN 102 Introduction to Anthropology
  • STS 201 Science, Technology, and Society I: Antiquity to 1800
  • STS 202 Science, Technology, and Society II: Since 1800