Humanities courses are designed to provide context, insight, and fresh perspectives for students pursuing the arts. Topics include writing, literature and film criticism.

Through the study of some of the representative works from World Literature we will take a panoramic look at the development of Civilization from its earliest beginnings. Through creation myths, stories of epic battles, and stories of love, we will learn more about who we are as part of the … Read more

Start Date

06/03

Meeting Day

Mondays and Wednesdays

End Date

07/24

Faculty

Michael Hamburger

Time

9:30am–12:30pm

Credits

3

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Why Novels Now? Create Your Own Long-Form Fiction, an LALW Summative Elective, is designed for upper-level students with an active interest in the longer forms of fiction, especially those who are completing the Creative Writing Minor. Why Novels Now? is a defense of the need for leisurely literature in our … Read more

Start Date

06/04

Meeting Day

Tue and Thu

End Date

08/15

Faculty

Lin Haire-Sargeant

Time

9am–1pm

Credits

3

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This writing course focuses on skills for thinking and writing about artwork. Writing helps to develop the ability to reflect on creative processes. The course uses an interdisciplinary approach—crossing boundaries and integrating insights from visual art, writing, library science and other disciplines— for research.  Students learn to tell the story … Read more

Start Date

06/04

Meeting Day

Tue, Wed, Thu

End Date

06/27

Faculty

Jeanette Luise Eberhardy

Time

9am–4pm

Credits

3

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How might advertising be Art? How is it ideology? In this asynchronous course, we will use concepts and critical thinking strategies to study advertising and public relations as organizers and drivers of our cultural ideology. This online seminar course will include two sessions each week: One session will be made up of asynchronous assignments … Read more

Start Date

06/04

Meeting Day

Tuesdays and online

End Date

07/16

Faculty

Richard Murphy

Time

6pm–9pm

Credits

3

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The course explores the art and composition of the graphic novel and examines its many sub-genres, from superhero tales to memoirs to manga. The textbook is Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics. Other texts include Watchmen, Contract With God, Sandman, Maus, and Persepolis. For the final project, students create and make preliminary sketches for an original graphic novel.

Start Date

06/10

Meeting Day

Mondays and Wednesdays

End Date

07/29

Faculty

Joshua Cohen

Time

1:30pm–4:30pm

Credits

3

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An introduction to various genres of folklore and the methods of studying them. Students learn about how folklore exists or existed as a dynamic part of everyday life -aesthetically, behaviorally, politically, socially, and more. We consider such diverse forms of expressions as Indonesian Cinderella tales, Italian American festivals, Irish supernatural … Read more

Start Date

06/10

Meeting Day

End Date

07/19

Faculty

Timothy Correll

Time

Credits

3

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This course treats the evolution of film music from silent movies until the present.  It introduces students to musical syntax, the aesthetics of film music, and the means by which composers synchronize music and script to convey mood and render action vivid. Working chronologically, the course explores the increasing importance … Read more

Start Date

06/10

Meeting Day

Mon-Thu & Fri June 21

End Date

06/21

Faculty

Paul Bempéchat

Time

2pm–4pm

Credits

3

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Speculative fiction is a field of storytelling in which imaginative scenarios are created to illuminate real-life questions and problems. It encompasses many genres including science fiction, gothic novels, plays, films, and even operas and graphic novels. The syllabus ranges from *Utopia* to *Frankenstein*, Octavia Butler’s *Parable of the Sower*, *Ursula … Read more

Start Date

06/11

Meeting Day

Tuesdays & Thursdays

End Date

07/30

Faculty

Joshua Cohen

Time

1:30pm–4:30pm

Credits

3

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This course will trace how a dozen works and genres transformed the course of modern music, modern history, and society.  The class will meet four times weekly for two hours and through a flexible combination of viewings, listenings, discussions, and directed study, students will achieve an in-depth understanding of these … Read more

Start Date

07/08

Meeting Day

Monday thru Thursday

End Date

07/18

Faculty

Paul Bempéchat

Time

2pm–4pm

Credits

3

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In this course we will read poems by Sappho, Verlaine, and McKay. Sappho lived around 600 BCE on the island of Lesbos in Greece. Her songs were popular then and continue to generate afterlives now, waning and gaining in popularity alongside changes in sensibilities with regard to sexuality. Paul Verlaine wrote … Read more

Start Date

07/08

Meeting Day

End Date

07/19

Faculty

Divya Menon

Time

Credits

3

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Reflecting diverse but interrelated cultural traditions, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean films offer a fun and fascinating lens through which to view the development of postwar Asian society.  The samurai film, Hong Kong action movies, and Japanese anime are some of the topics covered in following this development through a selection of … Read more

Start Date

07/29

Meeting Day

End Date

08/16

Faculty

Michael Hamburger

Time

Credits

3

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