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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Course Descriptions

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/humanity/coursedescriptions.html

[NOTE: These courses have all been approved and the descriptions are correct, as of  the 2015-2016 Bulletin.]

Introductory Humanities Courses
HUM 101W   HUM 150    HUM 151    HUM 155    HUM 156

Focused Humanities Courses
Humanities 250    Humanities 280    Humanities 281    Humanities 282

Upper-Level Humanities Courses
Humanities 450    Humanities 490     Humanities 499

Graduate-Level Humanities Courses
Humanities 550    Humanities 677

 

Introductory Humanities Courses

HUM 101W: Introduction to Humanities and the Search for Meaning (4 credits)

An introduction to Humanities and its themes of study, including an exploration of the diversity of world cultures and multiple forms of creativity and expression, and aspects of interactions among peoples across the world.  Students will think critically about and increase their understanding of diverse human populations and global relationships.

  • Fulfills Writing Intensive requirement
  • Fulfills General Education Category 6 and Category 8

HUM 150: The Western Humanities I (4 credits)

An introduction to the interdisciplinary study of the Western Humanities, from ancient times through the Renaissance.  Artistic, philosophical and religious forms of cultural expression are considered within their social and historical contexts.

    • Offered alternate Fall semesters
    • Fulfills General Education Category 6

HUM 151:  The Western Humanities II (4 credits)

An introduction to the interdisciplinary study of the Western Humanities, from the Renaissance to the present. Artistic, philosophical and religious forms of cultural expression are considered within their social and historical contexts.

  • Offered alternate Spring semesters
  • Fulfills General Education Category 6

HUM 155: Global Humanities I (4 credits)

An introduction to the interdisciplinary study of the humanities, as expressed through the cultures and traditions of the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and East Asia.  Artistic, philosophical and religious forms of cultural expression are considered within their social and historical contexts.

  • Offered alternate Fall semesters
  • Fulfills General Education Category 6 and Category 8

HUM 156: Intro to Global Humanities I (4 credits)

An introduction to the interdisciplinary study of the humanities, as expressed through the cultures and traditions of sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific region.  Artistic, philosophical and religious forms of cultural expression are considered within their social and historical contexts.

  • Offered alternate Spring semesters
  • Fulfills General Education Category 6 Category 8
  • A Diverse Cultures - Purple Course 

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Focused Humanities Courses

Humanities 250W: Topic in Humanities (4 credits)

Explores the critical analysis of written, visual and/or musical texts; considers these texts from a variety of cultural and historical contexts; and analyzes issues that engage basic questions of human existence, for individuals and societies. May be repeated when topic changes.

  • Offered annually in various terms
  • Satisfies General Education Category 6: Humanities and the Arts and Writing Intensive

Humanities 280W: Humanities Traditions (4 credits)

Traditions explore historical or cultural periods, beliefs, or movements within the larger Western traditions of Europe and America and the expressions of these traditions though the visual, literary and performing arts and other forms.  May be repeated when topic changes.

  • Offered annually in various terms
  • Satisfies General Education Category 6: Humanities and the Arts and Writing Intensive

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Humanities 281W: Human Diversity and Humanities Traditions (4 credits)

Explores the cultural and artistic traditions of groups that have experienced discrimination or exclusion in U.S. society and how these groups express themselves through the visual, literary and performing arts and other forms.  May be repeated when topic changes.

  • Offered annually in various terms
  • Satisfies General Education Category 6: Humanities and the Arts, Category 7: Human Diversity, and Writing Intensive
  • A Diverse Cultures - Purple Course 

Humanities 282W: Global Perspectives and Humanities Traditions (4 credits)

Traditions explore historical or cultural periods, beliefs, or movements of one or more groups outside Europe and America and the expressions of these traditions through the visual, literary and performing arts and other forms.  May be repeated when topic changes.

  • Offered annually in different formats
  • Satisfies General Education Category 6: Humanities and the Arts, Category 8: Global Perspectives, and Writing Intensive
  • A Diverse Cultures - Purple Course
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Upper-Level Humanities Courses

Humanities 380: Topics in Humanities (4 credits)

Interdiscipinary and focused study of a topic of cultural significance.  Topic varies annually.  (Offered Spring Semester)

Humanities 450: Humanities Seminar (4 credits)

Intensive study of a topic related to the Humanities. Topics have included the Baroque Era and Culture and Critical Theory. (Offered Fall Semester)

Humanities 490: Senior Capstone Project (4 credits)

An individual project to be prepared by Humanities Majors that will demonstrate an ability to use interdisciplinary methods to draw together different areas of study in focusing on a specific topic, problem or concern. Requires approval of Humanities Director or designated advisor.  Normally conducted during a Humanities major's senior Spring term.

Humanities 499: Individual Study (1-4 Credits)

Interdisciplinary study in an area for which the student has basic preparation.

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Graduate Humanities Courses

Humanities 550: Humanities Seminar (4 credits)

Intensive study of a topic related to the Humanities. Topics have included the Baroque Era and Culture and Critical Theory. (Offered Fall Semester)

Humanities 677: Individual Study (1-4 Credits)

Interdisciplinary study in an area for which the student has basic preparation.

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