HUM 200

Homer to Hitchcock: the History of Ideas in the Arts

This course serves as the gateway to the Humanities minor; as such it introduces students to the history of Western cultures and ideas as expressed through literary, historical, philosophical, religious, musical, architectural, and artistic works. Professor teams may vary the organizational logic and thematic emphases from semester to semester, but in all cases readings and assignments will foreground the minor's historical scope and two-track formula (Antiquity through the Renaissance, and Renaissance to the present). By learning to engage the history of Western ideas from various perspectives afforded by the humanistic disciplines, and by learning to read, analyze, and write about the various kinds of texts (verbal, visual, and aural) that have been the conduits for these ideas, students develop the interpretive frameworks and critical vocabularies for more specialized study.