Humanities

Spring 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 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 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 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 2810 - Research and Writing in Communication

Prepare students to evaluate, design, and conduct research in communication. Develops research-related writing strategies and proficiency.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015(C)

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 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 3150 - Topics in Literacy Studies

A study of how and why different groups of people use reading and writing differently in varying situations and in varying textual media. Topics may include the various ways texts function and reading is used; the authority of written texts; access to reading and writing and to various textual media.

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

HU 3151 - The Rhetoric of Everyday Texts

The examination and production of everyday texts such as social media, image-texts, web pages, signs, museum exhibits, architecture, and fashion in terms of their theoretical, historical, cultural, and technological contexts. Student should expect to produce "everyday texts" of their own as well as write about texts examined in the course.

  • 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 3327 - Film Style and Genre

Focus on film style and genre with an emphasis on study of directors, movements, and aesthetics and their technological, theoretical, and socio-cultural contexts. Includes small lab projects.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 2324 and UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3502 - Mythology

Survey of the major mythological systems of the world with particular attention to those areas of commonality among various civilizations. Films may provide contextual background.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring, Summer - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2001-2002 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3515 - Workshop in Poetry

Advanced work in poetry writing; workshop format. Students will study contemporary and emerging works in order to enrich and stimulate their own poetic practice. Emphasis on individual production through process-oriented writing exercises, small group workshops, individual conferences, and revision/development.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 2510 and UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3518 - Writing Science Fiction

This course focuses on the craft of writing science fiction. Reading stories from classic to contemporary sci-fi and examining key features of the genre. Writing assignments will include reading responses, short creative exercises, peer review, and a research-driven work of fiction.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025)

HU 3545 - Literature Across Borders

Study of literary genres, themes, and movements, with emphasis on comparing and contrasting perspectives reflected in literatures from Western and non-Western cultures. Topics may focus on historical, social, aesthetic, and cultural factors as they influence these literatures. Films may be used.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2004-2005 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3554 - Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature

Close study of significant works in science fiction and fantasy. Examines genre features and usage and attends to a writer's style and methods. Regularly focuses on historical fiction and fantasy using film to help establish literary context.

  • Credits: 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 6
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3605 - Grammar and Usage in Society

Description and analysis of current standards of grammar and usage in the U.S. Students acquire an understanding of the structures of American English as well as an understanding of the social forces underlying standardization and the processes of language change.

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

HU 3693 - Science Writing

Introduces writing, research, and editing that contribute to a public understanding of science. Possible topics: health, environment, medicine, public policy.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - 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 3695 - Digital Writing and Rhetoric

Social, ethical, and historical implications of digital writing and rhetoric, investigating digital contexts, with special attention to analyzing and producing digital content.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 2642 or HU 2130 or HU 3120

HU 3710 - Engineering Ethics

A study of ethical questions confronting individual engineers and the engineering profession. Among the issues to be explored are the meaning of professionalism, the social responsibilities of engineers, engineer-employer and engineer-client relationships, whistle-blowing, conflicts of interest, and competitive bidding.

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

HU 3711 - Biomedical Ethics

A study of several important ethical and philosophical issues that arise in medical practice and in biomedical science. Issues may include euthanasia, abortion, the physician-patient relationship, experimentation involving human subjects, and allocation of scarce biomedical resources. General ethical theories and concepts are used to shed light on those issues.

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

HU 3800 - Media and Society

Examines contemporary forms of mediated communication. Emphasis on understanding media economics and impacts of media on attitudes, values, behavior, and identity. Topics may include propaganda, advertising, political communication, journalism, media violence, social media, surveillance, and media policy.

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

HU 3840 - Organizational Communication

An approach to understanding organizations in their socio-historical contexts from a variety of theoretical perspectives in communication. Explores meanings, roles, relations, interactions, and structures from a communication perspective.

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

HU 3860 - Popular Culture

Introduces fundamentals of cultural theory and media criticism. Considers historical, social, political, and economic contexts of popular culture from a media studies perspective.

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

HU 3910 - Language and Globalization

Considers the historical rise of the English language and other dominant languages, and present effects on minority and endangered languages within the US and abroad; World Englishes and dialectal variation; and the interaction of forces of globalization/standardization with localization/identity.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 3940 - Language and Identity

Examines how individuals create and perform their social identities through and in response to language, considering social variables such as race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, disability, geography, power, ideology, etc. Explores how these variables may intersect, clash, and be resolved.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2010-2011 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 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 4625 - Risk Communication

Examines models for communicating risks associated with environmental, safety, and health hazards. Considers the diverse roles assumed by the public under each of these models and means of ensuring that risks are communicated fairly, honestly, and accurately.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • 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 4628 - Usability Evaluation and User Experience Design

Theories and practices of usability evaluation and user experience design relevant to technical communication contexts. Individual and team projects with emphasis on the development of instructions and procedures.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 3120 and UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 4700 - Topics in Philosophy

The topics will ordinarily be in-depth examinations of a particular philosopher or philosophical problem, tradition, or historical period. Examples include the philosophy of Kant, the existence of God, American pragmatism, death and dying, and ancient Greek philosophy.

  • Credits: 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 9
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015

HU 4701 - Political Philosophy

Issues in political philosophy, such as the moral foundations of political systems, the proper relation between the individual and the state, and the justification of social institutions. Philosophers studied may include Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Marx, de Tocqueville, Mill, Dewey, and Rawls.

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

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 3273 - Level II-C French Composition and Conversation

Extensive work in the active, creative use of written and oral French. Includes development of communicative strategies, written compositions, and oral presentations in the context of contemporary French-speaking cultures. May include study of film and other media.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 3272 or Language Placement French >= 501

HU 3280 - Level I-C German Language and Culture

Concluding 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 2282 or Language Placement German >= 221

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 >= 301

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 >= 371

HU 3285 - Level III German: Film and Media

Study of German film, news and media. Topics may include feature films, documentaries, and other audio-visual and digital texts. Readings, discussion, and writing in German.

  • Credits: 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 6
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 3282 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 3293 - Level IIC Spanish Composition and Conversation

Advanced grammar, composition, and conversation practice. Readings may include texts from literary, social, economic, scientific, engineering, or business discourses in the context of Hispanic cultures. 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 3292 or Language Placement Spanish >= 480

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

HU 4273 - Modern Language Seminar III-French

Technology in literature and film. Critical study of the representation of modern technology in literature, film, and authentic documents from French, German and Hispanic language communities. Students read texts in French and in English translation. Course offered every third year beginning 2008-2009.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (HU 3274 or HU 3275) and UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HU 4283 - Modern Language Seminar III-German

Technology in literature and film. Critical study of the relationship between modern technology and literature, film, and authentic documents from French, German, and Hispanic language communities. Students read texts in German and in English translation. Course offered every third year beginning 2010-2011.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 3284 or HU 3285

HU 4293 - Level IV Modern Language Seminar III-Spanish

Technology in literature and film. Critical study of the relationship between modern technology and literature, film, and authentic documents from French, German, and Hispanic language communities. Students read texts in Spanish and in English translation.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HU 3294 or HU 3295