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Please see the section on Course Description Symbols and Terms in the University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

Humanities Course Offerings

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours lecture. (004816)
This course investigates the ideas, texts, and practice of the arts and humanities from a variety of cultures and considers their role in leading a balanced, virtuous, and creative life. 3 hours lecture. (021164)
An overview of the artistic and intellectual heritage of the cultures of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel, India, China, Greece, Rome, Byzantium, Medieval Europe, and Islam from their origins to 1500 C.E. Comparative analysis of music, art, architecture, and primary texts (theatre, philosophy and religion, literature, history, and political science). 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (015843)
An overview of Western Culture from 1500 C.E. to the present, with selected reference to concurrent developments in India, China, Japan, Africa, and The Americas. Serves as a broad introduction to the major forms and types of artistic expression: sculpture, architecture, painting, philosophy, literature, drama, dance, film, and music, and includes comparative analysis of primary texts (theatre, philosophy and religion, literature, history, and political science). 3 hours lecture. (015845)
A comprehensive introduction to Eastern art, literature, and philosophy, as revealed in the civilizations of India, China, and Japan. The course examines the rise of civilization in India, China, and Japan with special focus on Confucius, Lao Tzu, and the Buddha, and follows the development of artistic and intellectual culture down to modern times. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (020684)
This course is also offered as CHST 254 , FLNG 254 .
An overview of Chicana/o art, literature, and ideology. The course examines the trajectory of the Chicano Movement and follows the development of artistic and intellectual culture down to contemporary times. We explore how Chicano literature asks enduring and universal questions and at the same time reflects a specific historical and cultural reality that is fundamental to the United States experience. Reading, discussions, and reports are in English (with some code-switching in Spanish). 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (021205)
This course is also offered as INST 280 .
An examination of film as art through investigation of selected cinematographic works from various periods of international and American film history, with emphasis on the anyalysis of major critical, social, and theoretical concepts. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (021035)
This course explores themes about food in international cinema, with special attention to the social, cultural and historical convex for food as depicted in film, the cultural issues regarding national, ethnic and gender identity, and how the art and history of cinema have presented the many roles that food plays in our lives. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. This is an approved General Education course. (021324)
This course explores themes about food in international cinema, with special attention to the social, cultural and historical context for food as depicted in film, the cultural issues regarding national, ethnic and gender identity, and how the art and history of cinema have presented the many roles that food plays in our lives. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory.This is an approved Writing Intensive course. This is an approved General Education course. (021204)
Critical reading and discussion of selected literary works, with special emphasis on the clarification and analysis of the philosophical ideas they entail. Readings selected are representative and inclusive of major philosophical views influential in 21st century life with special attention paid to perennial problems for all cultures including love, immigration, aging, family, poverty, and identity. This course blends philosophical works with illustrative and contrasting literary selections. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (021125)
Critical reading and discussion of selected literary works, with special emphasis on the clarification and analysis of the philosophical ideas they entail. Readings selected are representative and inclusive of major philosophical views influential in 21st century life with special attention paid to perennial problems for all cultures including love, immigration, aging, family, poverty, and identity. This course blends philosophical works with illustrative and contrasting literary selections. 3 hours lecture.This is an approved Writing Intensive course. This is an approved General Education course. (021327)
This course advances students exposure to and appreciation of a selection of central works in the disciplines of the Humanities and Arts. The specific content of the course varies by section. Students bring together their experiences throughout the Pathway in order to forge a deeper understanding of the role of Humanities/Arts as an academic discipline and as a lens for apprehending their world. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (021104)
This course advances students exposure to and appreciation of a selection of central works in the disciplines of the Humanities and Arts. The specific content of the course varies by section. Students bring together their experiences throughout the Pathway in order to forge a deeper understanding of the role of Humanities/Arts as an academic discipline and as a lens for apprehending their world. 3 hours lecture.This is an approved Writing Intensive course. This is an approved General Education Capstone course. (021359)
An overview of the artistic and intellectual heritage of Western culture from the Renaissance and Reformations of the sixteenth century to the twentieth century. Where appropriate, comparisons are drawn with other world cultures (e.g., Islam, Sub-Saharan Africa, China, Japan, Latin America). 3 hours discussion. (004818)
This course gives students a broad understanding of contemporary British social processes; a framework with which to analyse and reflect on their experience of "cultural difference"; and to engage actively in the social ecology of everyday life while studying in London. 3 hours discussion. (004821)
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. (004822)
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (004823)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.
A seminar devoted to interdisciplinary research in the humanities. Students will write and present a research project on an approved topic of their choice. Required for Humanities majors. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (004824)
With the guidance of an instructor, students will undertake research on a subject of their choice. The research will result in a substantial essay which offers an original contribution to knowledge in the field. 3 hours lecture. (004826)
This course is an internship offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (004827)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (004828)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, faculty permission.
To provide an opportunity for students accepted for "Honors in the Major" to prepare and write an Honors research paper on a topic germane to those interests developed during the first three years of work in Humanities. Research and writing will be done under supervision of a faculty advisor and for a total of 6 units in two semesters. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. This is an approved Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (004829)
Prerequisites: See the department secretary.
This course is offered for 1.0-6.0. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (015957)
Prerequisites: See the department secretary.
This course is offered for 1.0-6.0. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (004830)

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as RELS 204I .
This course surveys the texts, practices, and beliefs of Judaism, examines the development of the Jewish tradition in response to interactions with a variety of host cultures, and investigates how the Jewish experience complicates our understanding of what it means to be a minority. 3 hours discussion.This is an approved Writing Intensive course. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (005860)
This course is also offered as RELS 205 .
This course traces the history of Jewish and Muslim engagement with the West, explores the diversity of Jewish and Muslim groups in contemporary Europe and the United States, and investigates how Western interactions with Jews and Muslims have defined and challenged European and American identities. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (020675)
This course is also offered as SOCI 253 .
A sociological perspective is used to understand the Holocaust, examing the Nazi rise to power, and the changes in German society that led to persecution of Jews and many other groups. Students explore the role of perpetrators, victims, and bystanders. Other areas of interest include resistance and rescue, Jewish cultural responses to the genocide, and the aftermath of war 3 hours lecture. (005862)
This course is also offered as RELS 303 .
An introduction to the Hebrew Bible (also known as the Old Testament of Christianity and the Tanakh of Judaism) in English translation. Readings from the Pentateuch, the prophetic books, and the hagiographa. The course emphasizes the analysis of the biblical books in their ancient Near Eastern contexts, the documentary hypotheses, Israelite history and religion, the formation of the biblical canon, and early Jewish and Christian scriptural interpretation. 3 hours lecture. (005858)
This course is also offered as RELS 304 .
An exploration of the forces influencing, and the important events in, the emergence of Judaism in America. Attention is given to issues of community identity and the interaction of Judaism with the larger culture in the context of society and politics in America. 3 hours discussion. (005859)
This course is also offered as RELS 305 .
An introduction to the thought, texts, and culture of Rabbinic Judaism in the first through sixth centuries. Students become familiar with the historical and cultural background of classical Rabbinic society, from its origins in the Pharisaic movement in Palestine (Eretz Israel) to its pinnacle in the academies of Sassanid Babylonia. This course explores the oral-literary tradition that produced the Talmud and Midrash while allowing students to experience the dialectical style of study associated with Rabbinic culture. 3 hours lecture. (020503)
This course is also offered as SOCI 356 .
The social impact of acts of genocide around the globe is explored, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. This course examines the issues of ethnic and national identity, ethnocentrism, the role of technology, and issues of power. Also considered are the moral implications of genocide, as well as individual, social, and corporate responsibility. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (002230)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
This course is also offered as SOCI 356H .
The social impact of acts of genocide around the globe is explored, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. This class examines issues of ethnic and national identity, ethnocentrism, the role of technology, and issues of power. Also considered are the moral implications of genocide, as well as individual, social, and corporate responsibility. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (002231)
Prerequisites: Department permission.
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours lecture. (005863)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (005864)
This course is also offered as POLS 418 .
This course will examine the Israeli political system from its early development to the present. The class will focus on the Zionist ideology of the founders and the transformation of that ideology during the state-building period. Israeli political institutions will be examined along with historical and contemporary political conflicts, the vagaries of the peace process, and Israeli-American relations. 3 hours lecture. (005865)
This course is an internship offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (005866)
This is a special topics course offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically, topics are offered on a one-time-only basis. Topics vary from term to term and from section to section. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours lecture. (005867)
Prerequisites: Department permission.
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours lecture. (020151)
6 hours supervision. (020052)
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