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Humanities Course Descriptions

HUMN150 - ART AND THEORY (4-0-4)
This course is an interdisciplinary examination of selected theories driving artistic production at key historical moments and how these theories are expressed in completed works of art. Corequisite: ARCH245 Architectural Design and Technology I. Day Course.

HUMN395 - THE ART OF THE NATURAL GARDEN (3-0-3)
A garden is a mix of culture and cultivation, a place of pleasure and reflection, society and solitude. This course will examine the elements and components of the natural garden in all its expressions as both fine art and a refining involvement with the natural environment. Historical references and contemporary practice will be used to give an integrated view of context and theory. Prerequisites: ENGL105 and ENGL116 or ENGL100 and ENGL115 or equivalent. The Arioch Center Course.

HUMN402 - SHAKESPEARE ON FILM (4-0-4)
This course will examine several of Shakespeare's plays as literature and then how these plays have been brought to film, both in their historic and artistic contexts. In the course of this examination, the nature of film, the nature of artistic interpretation, the significance of audience response and the significance of authorial intent will be considered. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement. Day upper level HUMN/LITR elective.

HUMN403 - HISTORY OF AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC (4-0-4)
This course covers the history of American folk music from the work songs and spirituals of the 17th and 18th centuries to the folk revival of the 1960s. Numerous musical genres and traditions will be covered including gospel, minstrelsy, blues, ragtime, country, and bluegrass within various social, cultural, and political contexts. Matters of race, class, and gender will be given particular emphasis. Prerequisite: Completion of the Sophomore Social Sciences requirement.

HUMN407 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN HUMANITIES (4-0-4)
Independent studies in humanities to be arranged with the program advisor. Requires approval of the department head. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement. Day Course.
Recent Special Topics (HUMN407) course offerings include:

IRISH CULTURAL STUDIES
Irish History, Irish Art and Irish Literature will be examined. An optional trip to attend classes and lectures at the Institute of Tralee, Ireland is available as part of this course. A term paper is required for students who do not take the optional trip. Prerequisite: Successful completion of English sequence. Day upper level SOCL SCI or HUMN/LITR elective

HUMN420 - HUMANITIES AND THE ARTS (4-0-4)
An introductory course which will explore a variety of art forms, including film, drama, music, painting, sculpture and architecture. Literary works which have inspired or influenced other cultural forms will also be studied. A special effort will be made to utilize the cultural resources available in the Boston area. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement.

HUMN425 - TECHNICAL THEATRE (4-0-4)
The course explores the relationship between the written text and design. Design, decoration, light, sound, and color are elements that affect performance. Several plays and their technical challenges are studied. Prerequisites: Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement. Day upper level HUMN/LITR elective.

HUMN430 - HISTORY OF MOTION PICTURES (4-0-4)
An introduction to the monuments of film art and a survey of the development of motion pictures from their beginning to the present time. The emphasis will be upon films as art forms and upon the contributions of individual directors. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement. Day upper level HUMN/LITR elective.

HUMN435 - AMERICAN CINEMA - AMERICAN CULTURE (3-0-3)
This course deals with the historical development of American film and the film industry. Particular attention is given to the relationship between films and American culture. Prerequisite: ENGL105 and COMM200 or ENGL105 and ENGL116. The Arioch Center Course.

HUMN437 - AMERICAN CINEMA AS REFLECTION OF AMERICAN CULTURE (4-0-4)
This course will examine selected critical American films as reflections of and products of American culture. The impact of certain particularly American themes on these films will be explored, both in an historical and artistic context. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement. Day upper level HUMN/LITR elective.

HUMN445 - MODERN AGE IN ART AND LITERATURE (4-0-4)
A study of the issues of modern society as seen in art and literature. Time frame 1870 to the present. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement.

HUMN455 - HUMANITIES THROUGH THE ARTS (3-0-3)
This course investigates ways in which the arts (painting, music, dance, theatre, sculpture, film, and literature) explore the humanities and reveal the human condition. Prerequisite: ENGL105 and COMM200 or ENGL105 and ENGL116.

HUMN461 - ANTHROPOLOGY OF ART (4-0-4)
Using anthropological methods, the course examines the definition of art by studying the role of the artist and the artistic process in various cultures and subcultures. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement.

HUMN465 - THE AMERICAN DREAM (4-0-4)
An examination of that which is unique in the American experience as expressed in literature. This course will provide the student with a profile of the American character as portrayed in the national literature. The focus will be upon political, religious, and economic roots which illuminate the past and make the present more comprehensible. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement.

HUMN475 - AMERICAN ART (4-0-4)
This course is a survey of American art from the pre-colonial period to the present. American art production will be evaluated for both its aesthetic value and as a historical document. Prerequisite (Day): Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement.

HUMN485 - UNDERSTANDING GLOBALIZATION THROUGH ART (4-0-4)
An examination of the impact of globalization on a broad range of art communities in an effort to understand how expanded international connections have yielded re-definitions of cultural and national identity. Prerequisite (Day): Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement. Day upper level HUMN/LITR elective.

HUMN495 - 19TH CENTURY ART IN EUROPE AND AMERICA (4-0-4)
This course will explore the 19th century art in Europe and America from the perspective of its evolving modernity. The significance of the Industrial Revolution and the ensuing political upheavals of both continents will be closely studied through the visual imagery of artists. Prerequisite (Day): Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement. Day upper level HUMN/LITR elective.

HUMN496 - FILM & LITERATURE: THE ART OF ADAPTATION (4-0-4)
This course focuses on the subjects of film and literature in general and the concept of adaptation in particular. Students will explore a variety of literary genres (short story, novel, creative non-fiction) as well as various modes of literary/film criticism. Prerequisite: Completion of the Sophomore Social Sciences Requirement Day Upper Level HUMN/LITR elective.

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