HUM 202 Documentary Film and the City (See URB 202)
HUM 205 The Classical Roots of Western Literature (See COM 205)
HUM 206 Masterworks of European Literature (See COM 206)
HUM 207 The Bible as Literature (See ENG 390)
HUM 209 Thinking Translation: Language Transfer and Cultural Communication (See TRA 200)
HUM 212 Classical Mythology (See CLA 212)
HUM 216 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture I: Literature and the Arts Fall
This course, taken simultaneously with 217, forms the first part of an intensive, four-course (216-219) interdisciplinary introduction to Western culture. Part I extends from antiquity to the Middle Ages. These courses bring together students and several faculty members to discuss key texts, events, and artifacts of European civilization. Readings and discussions are complemented by films, concerts, museum visits, guest lectures, and other special events. Students enroll in both 216 and 217. Three lectures, two discussion sessions.
J. Dolven, D. Heller-Roazen, D. Feeney
HUM 217 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture I: History, Philosophy, and Religion Fall
In combination with 216, this is the first part of a year-long interdisciplinary sequence exploring Western culture. Students enroll in both 216 and 217. All meetings are listed under 216.
K. Chenoweth, M. Vidas, A. Shirazi
HUM 218 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture II: Literature and the Arts Spring
This course, taken simultaneously with 219, forms the second part of an intensive, four-course (216-219) interdisciplinary introduction to Western culture. Part II extends from the Renaissance to the modern period. These courses bring together students and several faculty members to discuss key texts, events, and artifacts of European civilization. Readings and discussions are complemented by films, concerts, museum visits, and other special events. Students enroll in both 218 and 219. Prerequisites: 216-217 or instructor
J. Dolven, J. Billings, S. Eich
HUM 219 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture II: History, Philosophy, and Religion Spring
In combination with 218, this is the second half of a year-long interdisciplinary sequence exploring Western culture from the 15th to the 20th centuries. Prerequisite: 216-217 or instructor's permission. All meetings are listed under 218.
K. Emmerich, J. Müller, E. Rentzou
HUM 222 Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion (See REL 222)
HUM 225 Frankenstein at 200 (also )
Conceived in 1816, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus has given a name to strange, disturbing, ominous new developments by creators failing to think through the consequences. On its 200th anniversary, we'll study this brilliant novel--about an undergraduate's independent study project conducted without a faculty advisor--in several exciting contexts: literary aesthetics, forms, and traditions; classical mythology; scientific enthusiasm and perils; other tales of transgression, outcasts and "monsters"; philosophical ethics; alter-ego psychology; questions of gender and sexuality; cinematic riffs and adaptations. C. Azariah-Kribbs, S. Wolfson
HUM 226 Introduction to Irish Studies (See ENG 228)
HUM 227 The World of the Middle Ages (See MED 227)
HUM 229 Great Books in Buddhism (See REL 229)
HUM 233 East Asian Humanities I: The Classical Foundations (also
An introduction to the literature, art, religion, and philosophy of China, Japan, and Korea from antiquity to ca. 1400. Readings are focused on primary texts in translation and complemented by museum visits, films, and other materials from the visual arts. The lecturers include faculty members from East Asian studies, comparative literature, art and archaeology, and religion. Students are encouraged to enroll in HUM 234 in the spring, which continues the course from ca. 1400 into the 20th century. A. Shields, B. Steininger
HUM 234 East Asian Humanities II: Traditions and Transformations (also
An introduction to the literary, philosophical, religious, and artistic traditions of East Asia. Readings are focused on primary texts in translation. Lectures and discussions are accompanied by films, concerts, and museum visits. Lecturers include faculty members from East Asian studies, comparative literature, art and archaeology, and religion. Staff
HUM 242 Greek Tragedy from Ancient Athens to Ferguson (See CLA 242)
HUM 275 La Serenissima: Music, Culture, and Society in Early Modern Venice (See MUS 275)
HUM 300 Urban Studies Research Seminar (See URB 300)
HUM 301 Topics in German Drama and Theater (See GER 301)
HUM 302 Medical Story-Worlds (also
HUM 302 explores illness, health, and the body using storytelling as an entry point. It examines how science, subjectivity, and social difference -- race, class, gender, and sexuality -- are articulated on a global scale. The 1920s construction of the New Soviet Man resonates with histories of medical discrimination in the US; early Soviet studies on biomechanics and the body-machine illuminate current debates on disability and health disparities; the Russian tradition of the Holy Fool jumpstarts a discussion of neurodiversity. Guest lecturers from across Sciences and Humanities will each teach a class in their own institutional space. E. Fratto, T. Khanmalek
HUM 306 Creating the Universe: Buddhist Science, Ritual, and Art (See REL 306)
HUM 307 The Irish Oral Tradition (See MUS 307)
HUM 309 Political Philosophy (See PHI 309)
HUM 316 Social Philosophy (See PHI 316)
HUM 317 Dance in Education: Dance/Theater Pedagogy (See DAN 316)
HUM 326 Philosophy of Art (See PHI 326)
HUM 330 Migration, Religion, and Literature: From Genesis to Toni Morrison (See REL 330)
HUM 341 What is Vernacular Filmmaking? - Rhetoric for Cinema Studies (See COM 341)
HUM 343 Some Contemporary Shakespearean Afterlives (See THR 343)
HUM 345 Art and Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century (See ART 345)
HUM 346 Introduction to Digital Humanities (also ) Spring
Have you ever wondered how to measure the complexity of a literary text? What if you could map the personal connections in a Jane Austen novel or a Shakespeare play? Have you had an intuition that you haven't been able to follow because processing the information was too intimidating? If so, the digital humanities can help you. This course will explore the large and exciting field of digital humanities. You'll learn how to read and understand texts using DH methods and will start your own DH project. C. Wills
HUM 349 The Artist at Work (See ART 349)
HUM 357 The Human Comedy of Anton Chekhov Off and On Stage (In English Translation) (See SLA 357)
HUM 360 The Eagle and the Dragon: Comparing Ancient Rome and Han Empire (See CLA 360)
HUM 365 Freud on the Psychological Foundations of the Mind (also ) Fall
Freud is approached as a systematic thinker dedicated to discovering the basic principles of human mental life. For Freud, these basic principles concern what impels human thought and behavior. What moves us to think and act? What is it to think and act? Emphasis is placed on the close study and critical analysis of texts, with particular attention to the underlying structure of the arguments. Two 90-minute classes. S. Sugarman
HUM 368 Literature and Medicine (See SLA 368)
HUM 369 Beyond Crisis: Contemporary Greece in Context (See COM 369)
HUM 371 Topics in Comparative Literature (See COM 370)
HUM 374 Afterlives of the Iliad (See COM 374)
HUM 385 Mapping Gentrification (See URB 385)
HUM 397 From Eros to Sin: Augustine's Transfiguration of Plato (See REL 397)
HUM 401 History of Neuroscience (See PSY 401)
HUM 421 Venice and the Mediterranean World (See HIS 421)
HUM 432 Art and Music in the Middle Ages (See MUS 432)
HUM 449 Making Sense of the City (See ARC 449)
HUM 470 Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (also
This team-taught seminar examines texts, objects, periods and themes from an interdisciplinary perspective. Although designed to be the capstone course for students pursuing a certificate in Humanistic Studies, it is open to other students if space is available. The specific topic varies each year depending on the focus of the faculty team. Staff
JRN 240 Creative Non-Fiction (also ) Fall/Spring
This is a course in factual writing and what has become known as literary non-fiction, emphasizing writing assignments and including several reading assignments. One three-hour seminar. In the spring, enrollment is limited to 16 second-year students, by application only. S. Kim, J. McPhee
JRN 400 The Media in America Spring
This seminar will discuss such topics as secrecy, national security and a free press; reputation, privacy and the public's right to know; muckraking and the "establishment" press; spin and manipulation; the rise of blogging; and the economic impact of technological change on the news business. One three-hour seminar.
JRN 440 The Literature of Fact Spring
This course offers a chance to think about and practice different kinds of writing. Students will strive to identify and emulate the best--the smartest, the most vivid, the most humane--in a variety of journalistic genres. Specific content and approach vary from year to year, depending on the expertise of the professor. One three-hour seminar.
JRN 441 The McGraw Seminar in Writing Fall/Spring
Each year a different kind of writing is featured, depending on the specialty of the Harold W. McGraw Professor of Writing and Publishing. One three-hour seminar.
JRN 445 Investigative Journalism Fall/Spring
This course looks at investigative reporting both as a practice, with its own methods of research, and as a force in society. Specific content and approach vary from year to year, depending on the expertise of the professor. One three-hour seminar.
JRN 447 Politics and the Media Fall
This seminar is an examination of political journalism and the role of the press in society. Specific content and approach vary from year to year, depending on the expertise of the professor. One three-hour seminar.
JRN 448 The Media and Social Issues Fall
This course is an examination of the ways in which the media both cover and influence social issues. Specific content and approach vary from year to year, depending on the expertise of the professor. One three-hour seminar.
JRN 449 International News Fall
This seminar explores the particular challenges of writing about other cultures, as well as the powers and limits of international reporting in shaping American public opinion. Specific content and approach vary from year to year, depending on the expertise of the professor. One three-hour seminar.
JRN 450 Audio Journalism Fall
In this course students will learn to combine precise writing, compelling interviews, sound, scene, and narrative to produce thoughtful, compelling, broadcast-quality news and features. Readings, listening sessions and guest speakers will explore style, ethical issues and innovative models of audio storytelling in the digital landscape. Specific content and approach vary from year to year, depending on the expertise of the professor. One three-hour seminar.
JRN 452 Digital Journalism Not offered this year
Readers increasingly follow the news on television and the internet. This seminar explores the potential as well as the limitations and dangers of on-screen journalism. Specific content and approach vary from year to year, depending on the expertise of the professor. One three-hour seminar.
JRN 456 Local Reporting: Paris as a Case Study
Students will learn the basics of local reporting by plunging into Parisian life, from afar and on the ground. They will explore how small intimate places in a city can have larger meaning for an entire society, including the 2017 French presidential election, gender politics and religion, and terrorism. We will examine what makes certain spaces -- a multi-ethnic suburb of Paris, a museum, or a building -- more controversial or problematic than others. Students will produce a body of journalistic work based on historical and archival research, interviews, investigation, and field work in Paris during spring break.