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The Minor in Humanities

Course Requirements for the Minor: 21-23 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this minor.

Core: 9 units

3 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
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 the Renaissance to the present. 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. This is an approved General Education course. (015845)
An introduction to Indian, Chinese, and Japanese film and literature beginning with Hindu epic. Special attention is given to gender relations between men and women. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved Writing Course. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (020684)

Electives: 12-14 units

Choose 0-2 of the lower division courses (0-8 units), and 2-4 of the upper division courses (6-12 units) in at least two different disciplines (e.g. no more than two HIST courses).

Lower Division Courses

0-2 courses selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
A survey of British literature from Beowulf to mid-1700s. 3 hours lecture. (003472)
A survey of British literature from mid-1700s to the twentieth century. 3 hours lecture. (003473)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Honors Program.
In this course we investigate and discuss the concept of beauty. What does it mean to say that something is beautiful, or to say that one finds something beautiful? We investigate the concept of beauty, and related concepts, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Philosophy, art, history, biology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and other academic fields all have important things to say about what beauty is, what it has been taken to be, and the roles that beauty plays and has played in human life. 1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours seminar. This is an approved Writing Course. This is an approved General Education course. (021401)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Honors Program.
This seminar explores the concept of justice from the perspective of a variety of historical, literary, and philosophical traditions. Students examine the history of the concept of justice and the connections between understandings of justice/fairness and social arrangements. Examples from the arts--including novels, poetry, painting, and/or film--illuminate the changing notions of basic social structure, identity politics, feminism, just war theory, and cosmopolitanism. 1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours seminar. This is an approved Writing Course. This is an approved General Education course. (021398)
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 Course. This is an approved General Education course. (021204)
Western philosophical thought from the pre-Socratics through Stoicism, including movements and figures such as Pythagoreanism, Plato, Aristotle, and Epicureanism. 3 hours lecture. (007181)

Or the following group of courses may be selected:

Up to two 100 or 200-level Foreign language courses.

Upper Division Courses

2-4 courses selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Through essays, literature, and art, we will study the conservative and classical liberal/libertarian traditions as intellectual and cultural movements and aesthetic and moral dispositions. Students will be equipped to understand their ideas and tastes in larger historical and psychological context, as well as those of differently-minded people. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (021359)
This course is designed to examine the ways religion helps shape artistic expression and how various art forms-music, architecture, visual arts, storytelling, and film-serve as means of religious expression. We explore both traditional "sacred" art (e.g. temples, mosques, churches) as well as popular art (novels, movies, etc.) that have been shaped by religious themes. We explore the role of the arts in a number of different religious traditions. 3 hours seminar. (021622)

Or the following group of courses may be selected:

Any 300 or 400-level courses listed under Period/Area Studies or Electives in the Humanities major.

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