Humanities

Fall 2020 Courses

HU 2130 - Introduction to Rhetoric

Focuses on historical origins, cultural adaptations, and contemporary relevance of rhetorical traditions.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring

HU 2324 - Introduction to Film

Focuses on critical engagement with cinematic form and its relationship to cultural, historical, and/or theoretical contexts.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer

HU 2500 - Ways of Reading

This course introduces students to reading strategies, critical vocabularies, and critical writing practices. Individual sections will center on a unifying question or problem, emphasizing attentive reading, critical thinking, and qualitative interpretation of literary texts.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall

HU 2503 - Introduction to Literature

Survey of transnational or transatlantic literary traditions, highlighting select historical periods such as Romanticism, and/or movements, such as the Harlem Renaissance.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

HU 2510 - Intro to Creative Writing

An introduction to creative writing with readings in contemporary and emerging literatures. Genres covered may include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplay. This course stresses individual production through process-oriented writing exercises, small group workshops, individual conferences, and creative theory.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

HU 2538 - British Experience in Literature

A survey of selected works of British literature from its origins to the present. Focuses on historical trends in the development of the English language and the cultures of Great Britain.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year

HU 2600 - Introduction to the Field of Scientific and Technical Communication

An introduction to the history, theory, and practice of scientific and technical communication as preparation for future study.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Scientific & Tech Comm (BS), Scientific & Tech Comm (BA)

HU 2633 - Fundamentals of Digital Imaging

Explores the history, aesthetic, theory, and practice of digital imaging. Students learn to find, make, and analyze images.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall

HU 2642 - Introduction to Digital Media

Basic principles, practices and implications of digital media communication and production. Provides foundation in tools, techniques and processes through hands-on production, readings, discussion and analysis of contemporary issues related to digital media.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring

HU 2645 - Graphic and Information Design

A computer-intensive introduction to the principles for creating clear, effective graphic communication. Students critique the work of other designers in terms of the work's audience and intended effect, and they construct and critique their own design projects as well.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall

HU 2700 - Introduction to Philosophy

A study of thought representing various traditions such as classical and contemporary philosophy, Eastern and Western religion, and issues in recent science. Some basic concepts of logic are also examined. Emphasizes moral philosophy, including ethical relativism, utilitarianism, and Kantian ethics.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

HU 2820 - Communication and Culture

Introduction to the ways that communication creates and maintains culture. Considers a variety of perspectives on the significance of communication. Explores the importance of communication for understanding culture

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

HU 2830 - Public Speaking & Multimedia

Introduces the fundamentals of public speaking and multimedia applications. Emphasis on speaking/listening competencies in face-to-face and digital environments using online and digital tools.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

HU 2840 - Interpersonal Communication

Examines practices and issues of relational communication and encourages critical awareness of common assumptions. Topics include verbal and nonverbal cues, conflict models, friendship, intimacy, and the interpersonal significance of race, gender, class, and disability.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall

HU 2910 - Language and Mind

Linguistic study of structural and cognitive aspects of language. Examines language design: how sounds, words, sentences, and conversation create meaning; the relationship of language, brain, mind, and thought; the ability of humans, animals, and machines to acquire language.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer

HU 2920 - Language and Society

Examines how societies use and organize themselves with respect to language. Considers attitudes towards language standardization and dialectal variations within the US based on geography, class, ethnicity, gender, age, etc., and speakers' choices of how they present themselves linguistically.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring

HU 3015 - Advanced Composition

Advanced instruction in composing substantive arguments based on primary and secondary research. Multidisciplinary inquiry-based projects ask students to write for both academic and lay audiences in print and digital forms. Specific research methods, writing technologies, and topics vary by section.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3120 - Technical and Professional Communication

A study of written and oral communication in technical and scientific environments; emphasizes audience, writing processes, genres of scientific and technical discourse, visual communication, collaboration, professional responsibility, clear and correct expression. Students write and revise several documents and give oral report(s). Computer Intensive.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3130 - Rhetoric of Science and Technology

A study of contemporary theories of rhetoric and their application to interpreting and critiquing various forms of persuasive discourse, especially in science and technology.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3326 - Topics in World Cinema

This course focuses on mainstream and/or independent films in their historical and sociocultural contexts from selected regions such as Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.

  • Credits: 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 6
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 2324 and UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3410 - Introduction to Diversity Studies in the United States

This course provides students with a better understanding of underrepresented populations within the United States by examining the social, cultural, and personal consequences of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, and other significant identities.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3513 - Shakespeare

In-depth study of a limited number of Shakespearean plays with special attention to dramatic structure, character development, theme presentation, and theatre history. Includes extensive study of Renaissance influences, possibly film versions of selected plays, and examination of current critical theories.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3600 - Professional Development in the Humanities

Addresses conventions and expectations for professional development through projects such as portfolio development and research into contemporary professional and work place issues. Explores career and graduate school opportunities.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Communication, Culture & Media, Scientific & Tech Comm (BS), English, Liberal Arts, Scientific & Tech Comm (BA), Humanities, Comm and Culture Studies; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman

HU 3606 - Editing

Examination of the responsibilities of an editor and grounding in basic editorial skills. Topics include situations of editing, levels of editing, readability, correctness, style, relations with authors, and social and political implications of editing.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore

HU 3621 - Introduction to Journalism

Introduction to the history and practice of journalism. Includes critical analysis of journalistic coverage, journalistic style and editing, and ethical issues in journalism.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3694 - Grant Writing

Introduces fundamentals of grant proposal writing and research. Possible topics: writing for nonprofits, grant writing in various disciplines, researching funding resources.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3700 - Philosophy of Science

Examination of problems involved in scientific methodology such as theory structure, concept formation, scientific explanation, hypothetico-deductive model, role of experimentation, function of paradigms and analogies, distinction between science and pseudoscience, extent to which science is value-free or value-laden, social responsibility of scientists, and aims of science.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3701 - Philosophy of Technology

A study of philosophical analyses of technology. Topics may include: the essence and nature of technology, technology and human existence; the notion that we live in a technological age; and ethical issues surrounding the use, abuse, and ubiquity of technology.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3702 - Philosophy of Religion

An examination of some philosophical questions in diverse religious traditions including the existence of God, the problem of evil, and the nature of religious experience.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3802 - Media and Globalization

Examines the development of modern international communication systems, the rise of transnational media industries and technologies, and debates about their global impacts.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3810 - Technology and Culture

Considers interrelationships between technology and culture. Includes understanding the context within which technologies are developed and used, and how assumptions about technology shape knowledge, practice, and creative action. Issues such as progress, determinism, ethics, gender, race, class, globalization, and "humanness".

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3825 - Environmental Communication

Critical and cultural approach to key issues, concepts, and controversies in the field of environmental communication. May include topics such as environmental journalism, rhetoric of sustainability, risk communication, politics of climate representation, advocacy, consumerism, eco-tourism, greening, public policy, environmental justice.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3890 - Documentary

Considers technical, theoretical, aesthetic and ethical dimensions of documentary media through analysis and production.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 4101 - Multiliteracies Center Practicum

Reflective practicum in which theories of learning, literacy, and cultural differences are applied in the Multiliteracies Center setting under the supervision of a writing center professional.

  • Credits: 1.0; May be repeated
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Permission of instructor required
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015

HU 4600 - Humanities Internship

Provides internship experience directly related to student's course of study. Students conduct work at internship site in addition to academic assignments that encourage them to connect their professional and academic experience. Requires approval of department internship coordinator.

  • Credits: variable to 6.0; May be repeated
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: Permission of department required

HU 4634 - Advanced Practicum in Scientific and Technical Communication

Provides technical communication majors with opportunities to design and produce various communication products expected in their working careers, such as sets of procedures, proposals, progress reports, sets of directions, and style sheets. The course will also require students to complete, with advice from the instructor, one major client-involved project such as a brochure, newsletter, web site, technical training module, etc.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Scientific & Tech Comm (BS), Scientific & Tech Comm (BA)
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 3120 and HU 2600

HU 4890 - Topics in Communication

In-depth examination of selected issues or problems in the study of communication, such as gender and communication, the environment and communication, sound and communication, violence and communication.

  • Credits: 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 9
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

Modern Languages

HU 2271 - Level I-A French Language and Culture

Introduction to basic French grammar, vocabulary, and idioms designed to help students acquire the basics of oral and written French. Includes study of contemporary French-speaking cultures.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Senior

HU 2272 - Level I-B French Language and Culture

Further study of French grammar, vocabulary, and idioms with continued practice of conversation and basic readings in French. Continued study of contemporary French speaking cultures.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 2271 or Language Placement French >= 131

HU 2281 - Level I-A German Language and Culture

Introduction to the basics of the German language, acquainting students with the essentials of oral and written German and introducing cultures and societies of contemporary German-speaking Europe.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Senior

HU 2282 - Level I-B German Language and Culture

Further study of the basics of the German language acquainting students with the essentials of oral and written German, with emphasis on conversational skills. Includes continued discussion of cultures and societies of contemporary German-speaking Europe.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 2281 or Language Placement German >= 150

HU 2293 - Transitional Level I Spanish Language and Culture

Intensive review of basic Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and culture. Designed to prepare students with minimum essentials of oral and written Spanish for intermediate and advanced level work. Students completing this course may apply for placement credit.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 2291 or Language Placement Spanish >= 201

HU 3263 - Topics in German-Speaking Cultures

An introduction to German-speaking culture (in English) in a comparative perspective. Includes a survey of Central-European history and its influence on modern-day German-speaking societies through movies, media, and recent technologies, and a critical examination of cross-cultural differences between German and North-American cultures.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3271 - Level II-A French Language and Culture

Review and continued study of grammar, vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading, and writing in French. Includes written compositions and oral presentations. Cultural focus on several Francophone regions of the world.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 2272 or HU 2273 or Language Placement French >= 331

HU 3272 - Level II-B French Language and Culture

Continued study of grammar, vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading, and writing in French. Includes written compositions, oral presentations, and reading of brief literary texts. Cultural focus on several Francophone regions of the world.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 3271 or Language Placement French >= 421

HU 3274 - Level III Topics in French Literature and Culture

Topics in French literature and its historical and cultural contexts. May include selections from Francophone literature. Conducted in French.

  • Credits: 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 6
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 3272 or HU 3273 or Language Placement French >= 501 or CEEB French Language >= 3 or CEEB French Literature >= 3

HU 3281 - Level II-A German Language and Culture

Review of the basics of the German language. Includes study of vocabulary, idioms, and sentence structure to improve conversational and reading abilities, and discussion of various aspects of contemporary German culture.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 3280 or Language Placement German >= 241

HU 3282 - Level II-B German Language and Culture

Review of the basics of the German language. Includes study of vocabulary, idioms, and sentence structure to improve conversational and reading abilities, discussion of various aspects of contemporary German culture, readings of literary texts, screenings of German films, and writing of compositions in German.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 3281 or Language Placement German >= 331

HU 3284 - Level III in German Literature and Culture

Study of German literature and cultures. Topics may include postwar German literature, Germany since WWII, or emphasis on a major contemporary writer. Readings, discussion and writing in German.

  • Credits: 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 6
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 3283 or Language Placement German >= 521 or CEEB German Language >= 3

HU 3291 - Level II Spanish Language and Culture

Review and continued study of grammar, vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Spanish. Includes written compositions and oral presentations. Cultural focus on several Spanish-speaking regions. Students completing this course may apply for placement credit.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 2292 or HU 2293 or Language Placement Spanish >= 321

HU 3292 - Level II-B Spanish Language and Culture

Continued study of grammar, vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Spanish. Includes written compositions, oral presentations, and readings of short literary and documentary texts. Strong cultural focus on several Spanish-speaking regions. Students completing this course may apply for placement credit.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 2232 or HU 3291 or Language Placement Spanish >= 401

HU 3294 - Topics in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures

Study of selected works of literature, culture, and civilization from selected regions of the Spanish-speaking world. May incorporate study of literary genres and historical periods as related to Spain and/or Latin American cultures. Students completing this course may apply for placement credits.

  • Credits: 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 9
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 3293 or Language Placement Spanish >= 631 or CEEB Spanish Language >= 3 or CEEB Spanish Literature >= 3