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Humanities 2017-2018

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The Humanities degree provides students with interdisciplinary perspectives on the existential questions of who we are as human beings, where we come from and where we are headed. This degree emphasizes the principles and concepts in interdisciplinary thinking and problem solving that will transfer across disciplines and enrich professional careers in areas as varied as lawyers, Public Relations managers, journalists, educators, systems analysts and Foreign Service employees. A Humanities degree enables students to better see the interconnectedness of all areas of knowledge, develop a global perspective as a result of having studied the ideas and cultural products of cultures throughout the world, clarify one’s values by comparing and contrasting them to what others have thought and deepen one’s sources of wisdom by learning how others have dealt with failures, success, adversities and triumphs.

Program Learning Outcomes:

• Students will be able to synthesize critical, empathetic, creative, cooperative and independent thinking skills.
• Students will be able to demonstrate the ability, both orally and in writing, to analyze meaning within various modes of cultural production in relation to their political, economic, social, and religious context.
• Students will be able to formulate knowledge of the deep connection between and within the complexities of diverse historical periods and cultural traditions as a framework for a dynamic understanding of the contemporary world.
• Students will be able to develop the practice of thinking through moral and ethical problems and examining one's own assumptions.
• Students will be able to deepen sources of wisdom through a complex understanding of how others have dealt with failures, successes, adversities and triumphs.
• Students will be able to cultivate the capacity for personal, as well as social, change.

Units required for Major: 28

Units required for Certificate: 20

Degree Requirements:

• English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
• Mathematics proficiency: MATH 17, 105, 108 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
• Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
• Core courses (16 units)
• Support courses (12 units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree.

AA = Associate in Arts Degree.
CA = Certificate of Achievement.

Additional Information:

NOTE: Courses used to meet major requirements CANNOT be used to satisfy any general education requirements.

Core Courses (16 units)

Select 16 units from the following:
HUMN 1 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Ancient World (4 units)
HUMN 2 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: Of Empires & Conflict (4 units)
HUMN 3 World Myths in Literature Arts & Film (4 units)
or HUMN 3H Honors World Myths in Literature Arts & Film (4 units)
HUMN 4 Trauma & the Arts (4 units)
or HUMN 4H Honors Trauma & the Arts (4 units)
HUMN 5 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Modern World (4 units)
HUMN 6 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Contemporary World (4 units)
HUMN 7 Global Religions: Contemporary Practices & Perspectives (4 units)
HUMN 9 Once Upon a Time? The Immortal Lure of Fairy Tales (4 units)

Support Courses (12 units)


Select at least 12 units within one of the following concentrations:

Visual Arts
ART 2E A History of Women in Art (4.5 units)
ART 2F Introduction to Asian Art (4.5 units)
ART 2J American Art (4.5 units)
ART 3 History of Modern Art from Post-Impressionism to the Present (4.5 units)
PHOT 8 Photography of Multicultural America (4 units)
or PHOT 8H Honors Photography of Multicultural America (4 units)
PHOT 10 History of Photography (4 units)
or PHOT 10H Honors History of Photography (4 units)
PHOT 11 Contemporary Issues in Photography (4 units)
or PHOT 11H Honors Contemporary Issues in Photography (4 units)

Film/Theatre
MDIA 1 Introduction to Film Studies (4 units)
MDIA 2A History of Film 1895-1945 (4 units)
MDIA 2B History of Film 1945-Current (4 units)
MDIA 2C Current Trends in Film, TV & the Internet (4 units)
THTR 1 Introduction to Theatre (4 units)
THTR 2A History of Dramatic Literature: Classical to Moliere (4 units)
THTR 2B History of Dramatic Literature: Moliere to Modern (4 units)
THTR 2F History of American Musical Theatre (4 units)
THTR 8 Multicultural Theatre Arts in Modern America (4 units)

Literature
ENGL 5 LGBT Literature (4 units)
ENGL 7 Native American Literature (4 units)
ENGL 8 Children's Literature (4 units)
ENGL 11 Introduction to Poetry (4 units)
or ENGL 11H Honors Introduction to Poetry (4 units)
ENGL 12 African American Literature (4 units)
ENGL 14 Traveling the World through Contemporary Literature (4 units)
ENGL 17 Introduction to Shakespeare (4 units)
ENGL 22 Women Writers (4 units)
ENGL 31 Latino/a Literature (4 units)
ENGL 40 Asian American Literature (4 units)
ENGL 43A Survey of British Literature I: Beowulf to the Late 18th Century (5 units)
or ENGL 43AH Honors Survey of British Literature I: Beowulf to the Late 18th Century (5 units)
ENGL 43B Survey of British Literature II: The Romantic Period to the Present (5 units)
or ENGL 43BH Honors Survey of British Literature II: The Romantic Period to the Present (5 units)
ENGL 45A Survey of American Literature I: Beginnings to 1865 (5 units)
or ENGL 45AH Honors Survey of American Literature I: Beginnings to 1865 (5 units)
ENGL 45B Survey of American Literature II: 1865 to the Present (5 units)
or ENGL 45BH Honors Survey of American Literature II: 1865 to the Present (5 units)
ENGL 47A World Literature I (5 units)
ENGL 47B World Literature II (5 units)

Music
MUS 1 Introduction to Music (4 units)
MUS 2A Great Composers & Music Masterpieces of Western Civilization (5 units)
MUS 2B Great Composers & Music Masterpieces of Western Civilization (5 units)
MUS 2C Great Composers & Music Masterpieces of Western Civilization (5 units)
MUS 2D World Music: Roots to Contemporary Global Fusion (5 units)
MUS 7 Contemporary Musical Styles: Rock, Pop & Jazz (4 units)
MUS 7D Contemporary Musical Styles: The Beatles in the Culture of Popular Music (4 units)
MUS 7E History of the Blues (4 units)
MUS 8 Music of Multicultural America (5 units)
or MUS 8H Honors Music of Multicultural America (5 units)
MUS 9A Music & Media: Edison to Hendrix (4 units)
MUS 9B Music & Media: Hendrix to Hip-Hop (4 units)
MUS 11A Jazz & Swing (4 units)
MUS 11B Funk, Fusion & Hip-Hop (4 units)

Philosophy
HUMN 44H Honors Art & Transgression: The Holocaust in the Literary Imagination (2 units)
PHIL 2 Introduction to Social & Political Philosophy (4 units)
PHIL 4 Introduction to Philosophy (4 units)
PHIL 11 Introduction to the Philosophy of Art & Aesthetics (4 units)
PHIL 20A History of Western Philosophy from Socrates through St. Thomas (4 units)
PHIL 20B History of Western Philosophy from the Renaissance through Kant (4 units)
PHIL 20C Contemporary Philosophy: 19th & 20th Century Thought (4 units)
PHIL 24 Comparative World Religions: East (4 units)
PHIL 25 Comparative World Religions: West (4 units)

Certificate of Achievement in Humanities (20 Units)

The certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion of 20 units from the list of courses below. General education courses are not required.

HUMN 1 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Ancient World (4 units)
HUMN 2 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: Of Empires & Conflict (4 units)
HUMN 3 World Myths in Literature Arts & Film (4 units)
or HUMN 3H Honors World Myths in Literature Arts & Film (4 units)
HUMN 4 Trauma & the Arts (4 units)
or HUMN 4H Honors Trauma & the Arts (4 units)
HUMN 5 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Modern World (4 units)
HUMN 6 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Contemporary World (4 units)
HUMN 7 Global Religions: Contemporary Practices & Perspectives (4 units)


Control Information:
2017-2018 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2017-04-21 11:25:04 | Dept Code: HUMN

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