Humanities

Humanities (HUM) Courses

HUM 300 Classical Humanities

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:ENGWR 101, ESLW 320, LIBR 318, or LIBR 325 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course is a survey of Western culture that focuses on human accomplishment expressed through painting, sculpture, architecture, music, literature, religion, and philosophy. Emphasis is on the civilizations of the ancient world, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages. Optional field trips may be scheduled.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • explain and analyze the role of the arts in society as well as analyze their functions as continuous relevant narratives.
  • analyze major works of visual arts, music, and literature from each of the periods presented.
  • evaluate and logically discuss in written and oral form key cultural and artistic concepts developed in Western culture from ancient times through the Middle Ages.
  • compare thematic similarities across a broad range of artistic media, including oral and written literature, music, theatre, visual arts, and architecture.

HUM 310 Modern Humanities

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:ENGWR 101 or ESLW 320 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This is an interdisciplinary course dealing with Western Civilization: literature, art, music, philosophy, and history. This course concentrates on the period from the Renaissance in Europe to the present day.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • recognize the role of the arts in society and their function as a continuous relevant narrative.
  • analyze major works of visual arts, music, and literature from each of the periods presented.
  • evaluate and logically discuss in written and oral form key cultural and artistic concepts developed in Western culture from the Italian Renaissance to modern times.
  • compare thematic similarities across a broad range of artistic media, including oral and written literature, music, theatre, visual arts, and literature.

HUM 320 Asian Humanities

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:LIBR 318 or 325
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I; AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course introduces the cultural traditions, art, literature, music, philosophy, and history of the Far East from ancient times to the present. Emphasis is placed upon the relationship of the humanities to the history, religions, and cultural contexts of India, China, and Japan. Other regions and cultures, including Vietnam, Laos, and Korea may also be covered. Ethnocentrism and the relationships between cultures are also studied.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • define the major artistic, philosophical, and literary works and movements of a wide variety of Asian cultures from ancient times to the present.
  • evaluate the relationship between historical events and figures and the evolution of culture in Asia, (which may include India, China, and Japan, as well as Korea, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand) from ancient times to the present.
  • assess the role of religion and its impact on society in Asian society from ancient times to the present.
  • analyze past and present connections between culture, philosophy, religion, and art in a wide variety of Asian traditions.

HUM 332 American Humanities

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:ENGWR 101 or ESLW 320 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course analyzes the literature, art, music, philosophy, and history of America, both before and after the arrival of European explorers. The arts of African American, Native American, Asian American, Eurocentric, and Latino cultures are investigated in order to understand the practical and aesthetic effects of race, ethnicity, class, and gender as they impact American life and culture.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • synthesize and critique material from various sources and art forms and discuss them in their historical context.
  • analyze the history, contribution, and artistic expression of the African American, Native American, Asian American, Anglo, and Latino cultures.
  • identify and evaluate major artistic, literary, and musical works in American cultural history.
  • analyze the role of ethnicity, ethnocentrism, and privilege and their impact on American culture.
  • analyze and assess the position of American culture within an increasingly global world.

HUM 352 Religious Themes in Western Art, Literature and Music

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:ENGWR 300 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course explores major religious themes and their influence on cultural forms such as visual art, literature, philosophy, music, and film. The course emphasizes increasing students' appreciation of the works studied and encourages students to recognize the relationship between these works and the social context in which they were produced.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • identify and critique significant cultural forms (music, visual arts, literature, etc.) and analyze these works in terms of the religious and historical context in which they appear.
  • assess the impact of major religious traditions and values on the historical development of important secular institutions (such as economic, political, and educational systems) and support conclusions with examples drawn from appropriate cultural forms.
  • synthesize various canonical materials from religious traditions (so-called "orthodox" scripture and other official doctrines) and explain the importance of (and perceived threat of) non-canonical sacred teachings (such as Christian Apocrypha, Gnostic scriptures, Kabbalah, and esoteric Islamic texts) followed by minority or marginalized groups.
  • explain the process of religious transition during critical points in history (such as the adoption of Christianity by pagan groups in Europe or the transition from Arabian polytheism to Islam) and assess the impact on artistic forms.
  • propose theories for differing roles and treatment of women/marginalized groups in various religious traditions throughout history (both between and within sacred narratives).
  • analyze representations of various religions in contemporary popular culture and correlate these portrayals with current political movements and global events.

HUM 370 Women and the Creative Imagination

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course examines the creative powers of women throughout the history of art from antiquity to the present. The course offers an interdisciplinary perspective on the contributions of women artists as evidenced in literature and the visual and performing arts. Using gender as the primary lens of analysis, this course seeks to uncover the broader contexts of female experience by probing the relationship women artists had to the historical periods in which they lived and worked. A field trip may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • explain the historical role of women in art, literature, and the performance arts within the context of their culture.
  • discuss the religious, historical, cultural, economic, and technological factors that impacted the lives of women artists.
  • analyze significant art forms produced by women.
  • compare and contrast art, literature, and other arts created by women artists.

HUM 495 Independent Studies in Humanities

  • Units:1 - 3
  • Hours:54 - 162 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

UC transfer credit will be awarded only after the course has been evaluated by the enrolling UC campus. The units completed for this course cannot be counted towards the minimum 60 units required for admissions.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • discuss and analyze the art, music, and literature of the culture or time period under study
  • demonstrate an understanding of the cultural uses of art, music, and literature by the culture or time period under study
  • critique various methodologies used in the research concerning the culture or time period under study
  • develop theories concerning the meaning, symbolism, uses, and analyses of the art, music, and literature of the culture or time period under study

HUM 499 Experimental Offering in Humanities

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020