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Western Culture

In this requirement, students will learn about politics and major works of Western philosophy, art, literature, and music in their historical contexts. Students will also reflect upon the effects of Western culture not only on its citizens, but also on other world civilizations. Major epochs such as Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Enlightenment, Romantic, Modern, and Postmodern will be addressed. Our interdisciplinary approach explores the interaction of cultural arts, spiritual life, politics, and intellectual movements throughout Western history.

This requirement is a three course sequence beginning with prehistoric culture through the late Middle Ages, the Early Modern Period, and from the Industrial Revolution to the present.

Courses fulfilling the Western Culture requirement (taken in sequence):

HUM 111 Western Culture I (3)

An introduction to the West, with particular emphasis on knowledge and comprehension. Students will achieve basic cultural literacy in the following time periods and locations: Prehistoric, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Medieval Europe (30,000 BC- AD 1300).

HUM 212 Western Culture II (3)

An analysis and interpretation of six major historical "events" during the time period 1300-1815 and their cultural implications: Renaissance, Reformation, Intercultural Encounters, Science, Enlightenment, and the French Revolution. Students will achieve cultural literacy in these areas and develop skills in cultural interpretation and analysis. Prerequisite: HUM 111, ENG 101 (or GSHU 121 or SAAJ 121).

HUM 313 Western Culture III (3)

Focused on a particular topic in modern culture, the course will use historical narrative of the time period 1815 to the present as a background for investigation into a particular theme or themes. Students will engage with and assess varying cultural and historical interpretations. Students will achieve cultural literacy in the modern period and demonstrate their skill in synthesizing and evaluating diverse historical and cultural interpretations. Prerequisite: HUM 212.