HUM 303 Humanities: Ancient
Western Civilization has its inception in the ancient world. We will study the art, architecture, philosophy and literature of classical Greece, seeing how they differed and developed from previous cultures, how they were transformed in Roman civilization, and what impact they have made on the modern world.
HUM 305 Humanities: Classicism and Romanticism
Between 1650 and 1850 two conflicting modes of thought influenced the humanities. Prior to 1790 the classical tradition predominated, while after 1790 the romantic came to prominence, yet neither succeeded in overwhelming the other. This course explores the impact of these two traditions on the history of the period 1650-1850, especially on art, music, literature, and philosophy. First, we will explore the underlying philosophy of these two traditions and their various means of expression. We will then observe the impact of classicism on the enlightenment and the factors which created a shift to romanticism in post-revolutionary Europe.
HUM 315D Topic: Wartime: Life, Experience & Memory in the World Wars
The main purpose of this course is to examine everyday life, experience, and memory during and after the First and Second World Wars. As such, this will not be a conventional course on war. We will neither study military strategy nor read lengthy military histories. Rather, our exploration of wartime will be driven by an interdisciplinary approach. We will launch investigations into the literature, arts, and music of the era. We will read firsthand accounts from both combatants and civilians And we will examine how wartime shaped cultural memory and remembrance. In other words, this course will serve as an inquiry into how the humanities reflect wartime.