HUM 400

A Seminar on Critical Theory

The goal of this seminar is for students to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the humanistic disciplines through the systematic study of critical theory. The approach is designed to (1) broaden students' awareness of other methods (2) solidify students' understanding of the presuppostions that inform their own critical methods (3) to engage in both theory and practice several important critical approaches to literature, history, music, and/or the visual arts that have developed in the past forty years. Developing students' critical faculties not only prepares them to analyze texts and images with greater depth and subtlety, it is also essential for any students who are contemplating graduate study in disciplines outside the natural sciences.