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Humanities

Humanities

FOR INFORMATION contact
Karen F. Dimanche Davis, Ph.D.
Liberal Arts Building, Library Wing L 207
Direct: (313) 927-1352
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PROGRAMS OFFERED
Humanities Group Minor

Humanities Overview

GENERAL INFORMATION
The Department of Humanities offers undergraduate courses that provide an understanding of ideas, ideals, values, and beliefs as expressed through global arts and letters. The core courses – Humanities 150‚ 257 and 258 – explore global ideas and values. Other courses emphasize specific geo-cultural areas, genres, or media.

CAREER INFORMATION
An ability to understand and analyze global ideas and values enables us to assume leadership roles in our communities, at work and throughout the world. Humanities courses help develop skills of questioning, comparison, analysis and judgment that are useful in work requiring creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, and decision-making. Exploring global cultures also provides new insights into one’s own heritage. Humanities is an enriching field of study for those planning to work in education, the arts, literature, social sciences, human services, community leadership, or international business.

SPECIAL ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM
All Humanities courses incorporate specific leadership skills, including Sustainability and Participatory Action Research perspectives.

 

Humanities Group Minor

The Humanities Group Minor requires a minimum of 24 credit hours of courses In Humanities and closely related disciplines. Twelve credit hours must be in Humanities and must include HUM 257 and HUM 258. The twelve additional credit hours may be in Humanities or in closely related disciplines: philosophy, literature, comparative religious studies, history, art, art history, dance, music, cinema, theatre arts, or specified interdisciplinary or travel seminars. A maximum of six credit hours in each discipline can be counted toward the group minor. A student may complete a Humanities group minor through evening and online courses. See department chair for Plan of Work.

A. Required Courses
HUM 257 Humanities of the Ancient World
HUM 258 Humanities of the Modern World

B. Humanities Electives
HUM 150 Contemporary Cultural Studies
HUM 275 Popular Culture
HUM 303 Black Film
HUM 315 Theater Detroit
HUM 330 Arab and Islamic Humanities
HUM 332 Latin American Humanities
HUM 333A African Humanities I
HUM 334 African-American Aesthetics
HUM 335 Caribbean Humanities
HUM 491 Independent Study

C. Related Electives
Related electives include: philosophy, literature, comparative religious studies, history, art, art history, dance, music, cinema, and theatre arts. A maximum of six credit hours in each discipline can be counted toward the group minor. Many religious studies courses are not acceptable for Teacher Certification. See department chair.

Humanities Course Descriptions

HUM 150 Contemporary Cultural Studies 3 hours
Prerequisite: None; (Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer terms).
General Education option Case studies of contemporary cultural ideas, values and expressive arts in a global context.

HUM 257 Humanities of the Ancient World 3 hours
Prerequisite: None (Fall term). General Education option
Cultural ideas, values and expressive arts of major global cultures before 1500 C.E.

HUM 258 Humanities of the Modern World 3 hours
Prerequisite: None (Winter term). General Education option
Cultural ideas, values and expressive arts of major global cultures since 1500 C.E.

HUM 275 Popular Culture 3 hours
Prerequisite: None; Fee: no
Examination of ideas and values expressed in popular media, U.S.A. and global.

HUM 303 Black Film 3 hours
Prerequisite: Equivalent of ENG 108
African-American film, international Black film and video, and interrelated socio-political, historical and aesthetic aspects.

HUM 315 Theater Detroit 2 hours
Prerequisite: Equivalent of ENG 108; Fee: yes
A study of drama performed in the Detroit area. Students attend all plays being studied.

HUM 330 Arab and Islamic Humanities 3 hours
Prerequisite: Equivalent of ENG 108; Fee: no
Arab and Islamic cultural values and expressive arts in historical and geographic context.

HUM 332 Latin American Humanities 3 hours
Prerequisite: Equivalent of ENG 108. Fee: no
Cultural values and expressive arts of Latin American nations‚ both ancient and modern.

HUM 333A African Humanities I 3 hours
Prerequisite: Equivalent of ENG 108; Fee: no (Fall term).
African cultural arts and ideas in historical and geographic context.

HUM 334 African-American Aesthetics 3 hours
Prerequisite: Equivalent of ENG 108; Fee: no (Winter term).
African-American literature, philosophy, arts, and cultural values.

HUM 335 Caribbean Humanities 3 hours
Prerequisite: Equivalent of ENG 108; Fee: no
Expressive arts and cultural values of the Caribbean, focusing on the African diaspora.

HUM 491 Independent Study 1-6 hours
Prerequisite: Equivalent of ENG 108 and permission of instructor