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Humanities

HUM 1103 -- Appreciation of the Film As Art,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Study of the main genres of the film as art and a medium of communication peculiar to the twentieth century. Designed to create more intelligent and critical film viewers, the course incorporates relevant films, textural materials, and attendance at performances.


HUM 1104 -- Developing A Philosophy of Life,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Focuses upon the three major issues which every human being must face in developing a philosophy of life: man's relation to nature; man's relation to his/her fellow man; man's relation to him/herself. Through speakers, reading the newspaper and other articles, journals, lectures and discussion groups, the course will try to expand the student's awareness of the major issues of our time. It will also try to enable the student to form a clear and well-defended point of view in relation to these issues.


HUM 1111 -- Spanish and Latin American Culture: Pre-Columbian Civilizations,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 8)

Cross-listed with SPAN 1111

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level reading skills (in English)

Acquaints students with the civilizations and cultures of Spain and Latin America with an emphasis on Pre-Columbian civilizations that existed before the arrival of the Spaniards, including the Olmec, Maya, Toltec and Aztec civilizations. The destruction of the Pre-Columbian civilizations by the Conquistadors will also be analyzed. This course is taught in English; no previous knowledge of Spanish is required.


HUM 1112 -- Spanish and Latin American Culture: Conquest to present,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Cross-listed as SPAN 1112)

(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 8)

An introduction to the culture of the Spanish-speaking world from the time of the Spanish Conquest to the present with respect to politics and social life, literature, religion, music and the arts. Through assigned readings and multi-media presentations students will discover the rich variety of Hispanic cultures that exist today and how have they developed over the past 500 years. This course is taught in English; no previous knowledge of Spanish is required.


HUM 1130 -- Humanities Symposia,   Search Current Course Schedule
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(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 8)

Study of a topic of the humanities that is interdisciplinary in focus and representative of different cultural perspectives. Students participate in a semester-long series of lectures, discussions, and artistic performances.


HUM 1141 -- Humanities in the Age of Enlightenment,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 8)

Study of the development and transformation of Western culture that began in the 17th century and climaxed in the Scientific Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment of the 18th century. The course emphasizes ideas in their time frame; illustrates how creative achievements like music, art, literature, philosophy, architecture, science, and society influence one another; and provides an understanding of how people inherit as well as create culture.


HUM 1151 -- Humanities in the Era of Romanticism and Realism,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 8)

Study of 19th century Western culture, emphasizing ideas associated with the age of romanticism, the development of socialism, feminism, industrialization, and evolutionary theory. Illustrates how 19th century creative achievements like music, art, literature, philosophy, architecture, science, and society influence one another and reflect their times. Provides an understanding of how people inherit as well as create culture.


HUM 1161 -- Humanities in the Modern to Postmodern World,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 8)

Covers the development and transformation of Western culture that began in the 19th century and continues in the 21st century. Illustrates how creative achievements like music, art, literature, philosophy, architecture, science, and society respond to, and reflect, the 20th century experiences of totalitarianism, mass society, modern technology, and world war. Provides an understanding of how people inherit, as well as create culture, and how new ideas contribute to a continuing dialogue about the human condition.


HUM 1171 -- Honors Seminar,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 8)

Prerequisites: ENGL 1121 with a grade of C or better and member of the Honors Program or consent of instructor

Directed, in-depth study in the humanities with a focus that is interdisciplinary, with ties to economic and sociological concerns, and pertinent to different international and cultural perspectives.


HUM 1172 -- Honors Experience,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

Prerequisite: ENGL 1121 with a grade of C or better, member of the Honors Program, or consent of instructor

Experiential study and exploration of a city or cities - usually Minneapolis and St. Paul - through a variety of perspectives including creative endeavors, nature and history of the city, cultural and ethnic diversity, and interpretation of personal emotions and reflections as both observer and participant in city life.


HUM 1189 -- Topics:,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course has been developed as a potential permanent course. The course must follow all the same policies and procedures related to curriculum outlined by the college. It does not duplicate existing course offerings. Refer to course notes for specific course description.


HUM 1211 -- Introduction to German Culture,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 8)

Cross-listed with GERM 1111

Introduction to the civilization and culture of the German-speaking world, with emphasis on the comparison of cultures and on present trends in political and social life, literature and the arts. This course is taught in English; no previous knowledge of German is required.


HUM 1311 -- Introduction to French Culture,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 8)

Cross-listed with FREN 1111

Introduction to the civilization and culture of the French-speaking world, with emphasis on the comparison of cultures and on present trends in political and social life, literature and the arts. This course is taught in English; no previous knowledge of French is required.


HUM 1411 -- Introduction to Chinese Culture,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(Cross-listed as CHIN 1111)

(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 8)

This is an introductory course to China and its cultural heritage. Hum 1411 surveys the development of China from the ancient period to the modern era, exploring the country's customs, political institutions; economic development; history, religion and philosophy; literature, art and architecture; as well as science and technology. This course is taught in English; no previous knowledge of Chinese is required.


HUM 2200 -- Field Study Abroad,   Search Current Course Schedule
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(Cross-listed as CHIN 2200, FREN 2200, GERM 2200 and SPAN 2200)

Students travel to one or more countries to observe firsthand both ancient and modern components of these civilizations. When offered for credit, a classroom segment will precede the trip, covering such topics as a brief history of the area to be visited, cultural differences, etc. No foreign language knowledge is required.


HUM 2231 -- Introduction to Africa,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 8)

Designed to introduce students to Africa. Examines the geographic, historical, and cultural diversity of North, East, West, and Southern Africa societies and provides an understanding of modern Africa by exploring African literature, art, music, political and economic structures, and social structures. Applicable to world and global studies requirements.


HUM 2232 -- Women in Western Civilization,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(MnTC Goal 6B and 7)

This course offers the study of women within the cultural history of Western civilization. Examines significant events and ideas from antiquity to the present that have affected women's lives and position in society and studies the artistic and intellectual contributions of women to the development of the Western world.


HUM 2233 -- Women in American Culture,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(Cross-listed as WOST 2233)

(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 7)

Designed to introduce students to issues of gender, class, and race in the United States social and cultural histories. Examines the cultural legacies and traditions which have shaped both the past and present. Provides an appreciation for the role women have had in this country's progress and examines the impacts gender assumptions play in work, social values, and directions for our nation's future.


HUM 2234 -- Women in a Global Perspective,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Cross-listed as WOST 2234)

(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 8)

Introduces the study of gender and women's issues in countries outside the USA. Designed to examine issues of cultural diversity, race, class, religious and social structures, literature and the arts, politics and economic development in countries such as China, Africa, the Pacific Rim, Europe, Russia, and Latin America.


HUM 2241 -- Heritage of the Western World I: Greek World,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 8)

Study, in historical context, of classics of the ancient and medieval worlds--philosophical, political, literary--that have proved of enduring value or influence in molding the civilization of our time. Works will be read either in their entirety or in part (e.g., The Iliad, Oedipus, Plato's Republic, The Bible, The Inferno, More's Utopia, Luther's Address, Dr. Faustus).


HUM 2251 -- Heritage of the Western World II: Rome and Christianity,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 8)

Study, in historical context, of classics of the ancient and medieval worlds--philosophical, political, literary--that have proved of enduring value or influence in molding the civilization of our time. Works will be read either in their entirety or in part (e.g., The Iliad, Oedipus, Plato's Republic, The Bible, The Inferno, More's Utopia, Luther's Address, Dr. Faustus).


HUM 2261 -- Heritage of the Western World III: Medieval World,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 8)

Study, in historical context, of classics of the ancient and medieval worlds--philosophical, political, literary--that have proved of enduring value or influence in molding the civilization of our time. Works will be read either in their entirety or in part (e.g., The Iliad, Oedipus, Plato's Republic, The Bible, The Inferno, More's Utopia, Luther's Address, Dr. Faustus).


HUM 2271 -- Heritage of the Western World IV: Renaissance and Reformation,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 8)

Study, in historical context, of classics of the ancient and medieval worlds--philosophical, political, literary--that have proved of enduring value or influence in molding the civilization of our time. Works will be read either in their entirety or in part (e.g., The Iliad, Oedipus, Plato's Republic, The Bible, The Inferno, More's Utopia, Luther's Address, Dr. Faustus).


HUM 2299 -- Independent Study,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Independent Study allows a student to earn credit while participating in a supervised learning experience in a community-based or work setting. Students must have successfully completed two courses in the discipline in which they want to undertake independent study. Forms are available in the Educational Services Office. All arrangements must be made prior to registration for the semester in which the project is scheduled and must be approved by the appropriate Dean of Educational Services. In addition, a project outline must be approved by the instructor who will supervise the student's work.


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