Academics

Course Descriptions

Humanities (HUMAN)


HUMAN 100  Creative and Critical Thinking  (5)
Helps students identify aspects of creative and critical thought in themselves and others. Offers experiences, theories, and concepts through which students develop statements of personal principles and worldviews. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
HUMAN 110  Background for the Humanities  (5)
Study of the common language of the arts and humanities and their relationship to the societies in which they were created. Includes the study of critical concepts and vocabulary, as well as common motifs and elements in the humanities. Also includes the study of the relationship between arts and humanities of a culture and that cultures economic, political and technological environment. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

HUMAN 133  People, Language and Culture  (5)
Examines the relationship between language and culture, in particular how the language of a national or ethnic group provides a key to understanding the people who speak that language. Focuses chiefly on Indo-European (other than English) and East Asian languages and cultures, but specific languages studied may vary from quarter to quarter. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
HUMAN 142  Introduction to Japanese Life and Culture  (5)
Students learn the various aspects of Japanese traditional and popular culture from a Western perspective. Incorporates key features of Japanese culture such as history, film, and art. Integrates other popular culture media such as anime and manga. RECOMMEND: College-level reading. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

HUMAN 146  Introduction to Chinese Culture and Life  (5)
Students learn about various aspects of Chinese traditional and modern culture. Key features of Chinese culture such as history, philosophy, nationalities, arts and language will be incorporated. Also includes integration of other well-known cultural aspects such as martial arts, foods and traditional medicine. Students will understand primary differences between Chinese core culture and Western culture. Students discuss the role of traditional culture in the current economic development of China. RECOMMEND: College-level reading. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
HUMAN 160  Introduction to the Study of Gender in the Humanities  (5)
Examines theoretical concepts and themes of gender through the lens of the Humanities (including literature, philosophy, film, communication studies, and popular culture, among other subjects). Course synthesizes historical and social analyses into inquiry about the human experience and expression of gender. Course specifically examines issues such as language, media's treatment of gender, and gender and power, relating each of these to the formation of our gendered and human identities. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

HUMAN 186  Peoples of the World  (5)
Provides students with multicultural insights into the peoples of other countries. Examines people as a total cultural product: history, geography, literature, art, music, architecture, religion and politics. The country studied may change each time the course is offered. May be part of a field course. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
HUMAN 190  Latin American Culture Through Literature  (5)
Introduces the study of Latin American culture through important works of literature that explores the complex social relations and culture of the region. Analyzes how Latin American literature has reflected cultural changes throughout the history of the region such as the impact of the conquest and slavery; the influence of patriarchy/machismo and marianism in gender relations; the problematic relations with the U.S., the history of dictatorship and social revolution in Latin America. Focuses on the connection between literature and culture in Latin American countries. Taught in English. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

HUMAN 191  Latin America in Film  (5)
Explores the relationship between film and cultural interpretation and understanding of Latin America. Considers the history of cinema in Latin America. Focuses on how film has been used to interpret Latin American culture and how we can use it to understand Latin American past and present with special emphasis on discussing the complex history and social problems of the region. Also explores common stereotypes with which Latin America has been portrayed in main stream U.S. movies. No knowledge of Spanish language required. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.
HUMAN 194  Special Studies-Humanities  (5)
Special subject matter that is not part of the regular curriculum. Content varies from course to course, depending on requests from students, or the opportunity to present unusual topics.

HUMAN 224  Women and World Religions  (5)
Explores feminine perspectives of religion and spirituality in classical and indigenous religions today and throughout history. Examines images of the divine, mythological presentations, as well as roles and practices of women in each tradition through the study of traditional writings, feminist themes and feminist theologies. Addresses questions such as: What do sacred sources in traditional religions say about women and issues of gender; and how both men and women in society used oral and written sacred narratives. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.