Building on the general studies foundation, you’ll take a core of Humanities coursework—as well as an English specialization—to prepare you for a career in communications, journalism or law (or to pursue a professional degree in one of these areas).
Students who are not majoring in Humanities may receive a minor in Humanities.
In order to earn your degree, you’ll need to complete the courses listed below.
A study of the art and culture of various periods with emphasis on the artists’ conceptual and perceptual basis, materials and techniques, and artistic style. The course is designed to develop an understanding of the process and product of visual arts activity. For the non-art major. Fall, Spring.
Designed to introduce the student to selected masterpieces of music from the several periods, Renaissance through twentieth Century, and to lead the student to an understanding of the relationship of music to general culture. Fall/Spring.
A study of representative works of world literature from antiquity to 1750. The course emphasizes the study and consideration of the literary, cultural, and human significance of selected great works of the Western and non-Western literary traditions. This course gives special attention to critical thinking and writing within a framework of cultural diversity. PR: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 102. HIST 101 is recommended. Fall, Spring.
Introduces the student to propositional logic and its systematic application to major philosophical areas of inquiry, including moral theory, political theory, and the philosophy of religion. Special emphasis will be placed on argumentation and critique in oral and written assignments. PRE: ENGL 101 (C or Higher) Spring.
Course introduces the student to propositional logic and its application in different fields of moral philosophy, including normative ethics and value theory. The goal of the course is to introduce the student to rigorous analysis of foundational questions concerning moral concepts, arguments, and actions. Special emphasis will be placed on argumentation and critique in oral and written assignments. PR: ENGL 101 (C or higher).
Teaches strategies for writing academic papers, conducting and writing research, and improving overall writing skills. Focus is academic writing including researching, writing proposals, orally presenting research, and a thesis-driven research paper. PR: ENGL 201 or 205. Fall.
Introduces the student to selected examples of music and the visual arts representing the sociocultural influences and stylistic trends of various periods. The conceptual basis, materials, techniques, and more subtle aspects of creativity will be emphasized. Fall, Spring.
A survey of the history and development of architecture, sculpture, painting, and the minor arts from pre-historic times to the present. Spring.
A study of representative works of world literature from 1750 to the present. The course emphasizes the study and consideration of the literary, cultural, and human significance of selected great works of the Western and non-Western literary traditions. This course gives special attention to critical thinking and writing within a framework of cultural diversity. PR: a grade of C or higher in ENGL 102. HIST 102 is recommended. Fall, Spring.
The student will be introduced to advanced methods and vocabularies used in the critical analysis of cultural artifacts, historical events, and social practices. These advanced methods and vocabularies include structuralism, semiotics, narratology, Marxism, feminism, and critical race theory, among others. Also to be considered will be the assumptions and limitations of each critical framework through their comparison. Special emphasis will be placed on applied analysis of texts in written and oral communication.
Approved projects requiring student research culminating in a written report and oral presentation. PR: ENGL 304, ENGL 409. Spring.
In addition to the courses below, you must also take:
Practice in the techniques of effective academic writing with an emphasis on the writing process, including rhetorical methods, patterns of organization, and an introduction to APA formatting. Available to students scoring 18 or higher on the English section of the ACT, 450 or higher on the verbal portion of the SAT-I, or 88 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Sentences Skills test. Fall, Spring.
A study of civilization from prehistoric man to the Age of Absolutism with emphasis on the development of world culture. Fall.
Continued practice in reading and composition with an emphasis on the research process, including an introduction to literary analysis and MLA format. Students must earn a grade of a C or above or repeat this course to fulfill the general education requirement. PR: C or higher in ENGL 101 or CLEP score of 50 or higher or advanced placement waiving ENGL 101 or ACT English mechanics/usage subtest score of 9 or higher or COMPASS Writing Diagnostics test score of 76 or higher. Fall, Spring.
A study of world civilization from the Age of Absolutism to the present with emphasis on the development of global culture. Spring.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take a Physical or Biology Science I with Lab.
This introductory course in human communication develops communication competence by exploring the foundations of communication, interpersonal communication, group communication and public speaking. Emphasis is on developing practical skills in the following areas: critical thinking, research, listening, language, nonverbal, ethics, conflict management and resolution, self-confidence, perception, relationships, teamwork, interviewing, public speaking, and diversity. PR: ENGL 102 and Computer Literacy course. Fall, Spring.
Develops proficiency in oral communications through the learning of basic forms, uses, and techniques of public speaking. Emphasis is on practical aspects of speech writing, listening, and oral presentations. PR: a grade of “C” or better in English 102. Fall, Spring.
Applied study in technical communications- written, oral, and visual media. Includes writing abstracts, proposals, research design and methodology, editing, proofing, and discipline-specific projects. PR: English 101. Spring.
Intensive practice in specialized writing skills such as the popular article. The Professional Article, the Personal Essay, the Formal Essay, and the Critical Review. PR: ENGL 102. Spring.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take 3 hours of a restricted elective.
A comprehensive course comprising the major rules of Standard American English (SAE) usage, sentence structure, mechanics, and conventions. Includes pedagogical approaches to teaching grammar. PR: ENGL 101, ENGL 102. Fall, Spring.
A survey of representative works of the principal figures in British literature from Beowulf to the present with special attention to stylistic, religious, philosophical, and social trends. PR: ENGL 201 or 205. Fall.
This course will undertake an advanced study of fiction organized by a theme, genre, or medium chosen by the instructor. Multiple forms of fiction media may be considered, including prose fiction, graphic fiction, film, television, or gaming. Special emphasis will be placed on the verbal and written analysis of the elements of narrative structure, as well as understanding fiction as a mode of social criticism.
American writers representative of significant currents in our culture from the Puritan and Colonial period to the present, emphasizing nineteenth and twentieth century figures. PR: ENGL 201 or 205. Spring.
A study of the terminology, phonology, morphology, and syntax of the English language, with an introduction to the concepts of transformational grammar. PR: ENGL 201 or 205. Fall.
A general survey of folkloric backgrounds of Appalachian and Afro-American literatures, tracing their respective developments from primitive to sophisticated forms. PR: ENGL 201 or 205. Spring.
One hour of class and two hours of directed projects, internships, and externships in the language arts to include areas of study in advertising, branding, public relations, dramatics, mass communication channels and technologies like print, radio, television and the internet with an emphasis on communication across small groups, organizations and culture. May be repeated to 6 hours. PR: ENGL 2 or Fundamentals of Speech 208. Spring.
Selected topics of worldwide literary importance or of popular interest and contemporary relevance. May be repeated for different topics, offered as announced. PR: ENGL 201 or 205, or consent of instructor. Spring.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take 6 hours of a restricted elective and 3 hours of an elective course.
Selected topics in areas of humanities as needed. May be repeated for different topics; offered as announced. PR: ENGL 201 or ENGL 205; permission of directing professor and dean.
In addition to courses listed below, you must also take 6 hours of a restricted elective and 5 hours of electives.
You may take any ARTS, ENGL, COMM, HUMN, MUSC or THEA courses that are not used to fulfill the Humanities core requirements or the English specialization (15 total credits).
Humanities Minor: Any five courses from ARTS, ENGL, HUMN, MUSC or THEA at the 200 level or higher (15 credits). At least six credits must be at the 300-400 level.