Course Objectives

Course Objectives

Humanities and Philosophy Program Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Recognize the foundations, central ideas, and expressions of a variety of cultures, value systems, and philosophical perspectives
  • Think critically about the historical development of foundations, central ideas, and expressions within society and how these inform contemporary conversations.
  • Demonstrate an increased ability to communicate ideas about cultures, value systems, philosophical perspectives and historical context in verbal and written form.
  • Identify and evaluate great texts and enduring creative expressions that provide important sources of information about cultures, value systems and philosophical perspectives.

Humanities 1010 (Introduction to Humanities through the Arts) Course Learning Objectives

Students will demonstrate improvement in their critical thinking skills by:

  • Identifying and describing the characteristics of a variety of cultures and value systems in foundational texts and creative expressions.
  • Effectively demonstrating the historical development of central themes in the humanities.
  • Demonstrating relationships between art works in different genres, time periods and cultural contexts.
  • Analyzing and critiquing artworks in an academic manner, in both verbal and written form.

Humanities 1040 (Introduction to Non-Western Humanities through the Arts) Course Learning Objectives

Students will demonstrate improvement in their critical thinking skills by:

  • Identifying and describing the characteristics of a variety of cultures and value systems in foundational texts and creative expressions.
  • Effectively demonstrating the historical development of central themes in the humanities.
  • Demonstrating relationships between art works in different genres, time periods and cultural contexts.
  • Analyzing and critiquing artworks in an academic manner, in both verbal and written form.

Humanities 2500 (Period Studies) Course Learning Objectives

Students will demonstrate an increased ability to think critically by:

  • Showing a nuanced understanding of the concerns, trends, and philosophical perspectives of a single time period.
  • Drawing connections between artworks of the time period and their historical context.

Humanities 2600 (Area Studies) Course Learning Objectives

Students will demonstrate an increased ability to think critically by:

  • Showing a nuanced understanding of the concerns, trends, and philosophical perspectives of a single geographical area.
  • Drawing connections between artworks emerging from the geographical area and its cultures.

Humanities 3050 (Gothic Humanities) Course Learning Objectives

Students will demonstrate advanced critical thinking skills by:

  • Defining the gothic idiom as it relates to late Medieval art, the gothic novel and contemporary expressions of Gothicism.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of the major artistic trends encompassed in discussions of the gothic.
  • Analyzing the motives for Gothic expression and its relationship to the human experience.
  • Comparing and contrasting themes across various genres and historical periods of Gothic art and connect themes to their own experiences.
  • Producing both written and verbal critical, academic arguments about art.

Humanities 3070 (The Global Arts) Course Learning Objectives

Students will demonstrate advanced critical thinking skills by:

  • Demonstrating knowledge of the major philosophical strains which define the modern world.
  • Articulating the interrelatedness of imperialism, totalitarianism, postmodernism, and post-colonialism through analysis of great texts and artworks.
  • Comparing and contrasting themes across various genres and cultural contexts of art and connect these themes to their own experiences.
  • Producing both written and verbal critical, academic arguments about art.

Humanities 3500 (Topics) Course Learning Objectives

Students will demonstrate advanced critical thinking skills by:

  • Tracing a single theme through various geographic, historical, or conceptual frameworks.
  • Exploring the course theme through careful analysis of artworks in different genres, time periods, or cultural contexts.