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Humanities (HUM)

HUM 2020  Bioethics  (3)                                                                              as required
This course provides an exploration of ethical issues from beginning-of-life to end-of-life, from legal, medical, and philosophical perspectives. Topics include assisted reproduction; abortion; euthanasia; genetic experimentation and cloning; and homosexuality; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent

HUM 2040  The Holocaust  (3)                                                                     as required
Students in this course will examine the Holocaust thematically through a variety of media: psychology, history, literature, and sociology; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent

HUM 2060  Cyberethics  (3)                                                                          as required
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of ethical inquiry and the ethical implications of developments in computer technology; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent

HUM 2070  The Vampire in Literature, Culture, and Film  (3)                   as required
The image of the vampire has long held sway with popular imagination. Since the publication of Bram Stokerís Dracula in 1897, the vampire has become a staple of popular culture, appearing in literature, advertisements, cartoons, music, television shows, and film. This course examines the role of the vampire in literature, culture, and film. Through the reading of texts and the viewing of films, students will understand the fundamental aspects of Gothic literature and formulate their own ideas as to the importance of the vampire archetype. In addition, students will learn to identify vampirical elements in literature and film and will enhance their knowledge and understanding of the vampireís role in popular culture. This class is writing-intensive; 3 hours of lecture per week.  (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent

HUM 2080  The Literature and Culture of Witchcraft  (3)                         as required
Grounded in the early European historical context of Witchcraft and the Colonial American experience of Witchcraft, this course engages students in an exploratory and critical dialog that examines Witchcraft as it is represented in various types of literature (including plays, short stories, poetry, court documents, journal entries, and novels), culture, and film. Witchcraft stereotypes and hysteria often represent the societal anxieties and beliefs of the culture in which they appear and offer a rich subject for academic study. By drawing from the readings and films assigned throughout the semester, as well as personal research and reflective and critical analysis, students will develop their own unique discourse in regards to the literature and culture of witchcraft and its unique contribution to contemporary and past culture. This class is writing-intensive; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent

HUM 2160 Humor in Literature, Film, & Writing (3)                                    as required
In this rhetoric course, students first examine how humor works in literature and film and then use these tools in their own creative writing. The art of writing with style and of perfecting oneís singular voice for various humorous purposes (including social, political, and persuasive) is taught through critical analysis of successful comedic literature and film, everything from Lysistrata to Annie Hall. Students will mix rhetorical strategies learned in their composition classes with comedic devices by writing stories, rants, parodies, reviews, and dramatic dialogue. Culminating projects will include assembling a course portfolio of creative work and writing a longer analytical essay. This course is writing-intensive; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent

HUM 2170 The Culture of Sustainability  (3)                                              as required
This course introduces students to the culture of sustainability. We will read and discuss the literature and philosophy of sustainability, simplicity, and deep ecology and consider more mindful approaches to sustainability in our own lives; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent

HUM 2330  Peace Studies (3)                                                                        as required
This course introduces students to the ideas, principles, and practices of peacemaking. We will examine the literature and philosophy of peace and nonviolence in the context of historical experience and learn practical ways of peacemaking through the practice of mindfulness. (Students may not receive credit toward graduation for both HUM 2330 and 3330); 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent

HUM 2350  Mindfulness, Meditation, Stress Reduction (3)                      as required
This course introduces students to the principles and practices of mindfulness, meditation, and mindfulness-based stress reduction. We will examine the literature and philosophy of mindfulness watch films, and practice meditation and stress-reduction techniques. This course is writing-intensive; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent

HUM 2660  European Classroom  (3)                                                          as required
This course will immerse students in the literature, art, and architecture of a foreign city through participation in intensive coursework combined with a guided travel tour to Europe. The course will use visual perception and critical analysis to study the interconnected fields while expanding student learning by experiencing the works of art and architecture first hand. It will reinforce each studentís understanding of topics in the history, culture, art, and architecture of the country being studied. This is a cultural experience intended to enrich and broaden student perspectives in our increasingly global world. Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent, junior standing or instructor permission [Course fee: TBA]

HUM 3025  Myth: The Ties That Blend & Bind (3)                                      as required
This course encourages students to explore a variety of myths from ancient cultures with special attention to their influence on and reflection of social beliefs and structures. Additionally, the course highlights the common elements shared by all mythic structures as a means of examining the global human experience and search for meaning throughout the ages. This course is writing-intensive; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent, junior standing or instructor permission

HUM 3050  Theories of Science and Technology  (3)                               as required
This course explores a variety of historical and philosophical perspectives on science and technology. Special emphasis is placed on the relationships of science, technology, social and political structures, and individual responsibility. Topics include the nature of science and technology; elitism in science and technology; goals and control; and the role of the individual scientist or technician; 3 hours lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent, junior standing or instructor permission

HUM 3070  The Vampire in Literature, Culture, & Film - Upper Level (3)        as required
The image of the vampire has long held sway with popular imagination. Since the publication of Bram Stokerís Dracula in 1897, the vampire has become a staple of popular culture, appearing in literature, advertisements, cartoons, music, television shows, and film. This course examines the role of the vampire in literature, culture, and film. Through the reading of texts and the viewing of films, students will understand the fundamental aspects of Gothic literature and formulate their own ideas as to the importance of the vampire archetype. In addition, students will learn to identify vampirical elements in literature and film and will enhance their knowledge and understanding of the vampireís role in popular culture. This class is writing-intensive; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent, junior standing or instructor permission

HUM 3210 Folklore, Literature, & Legends of New England  (3)            as required
Grounded in academic theory and focusing on the literature, folklore, and legends of New England, this course explores broad issues of representation, cultural, social, and political issues and the shaping of a uniquely New England culture and people. Through the study of folklore in its various forms; classic and contemporary literature by New England authors; and oral legends, students will gain a broader understanding of New England, its history and culture and of their own role in shaping the culture and world in which they live. This class includes a field trip designed to immerse students in the living history of New England and is writing-intensive; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent, junior standing or instructor permission

HUM 3330  Peace Studies and Peacemaking (3)                                      as required
This course studies the ideas, principles, and practices of peacemaking in depth. We will examine the literature and philosophy of peace, pacifism, and nonviolence in the context of historical experience and learn practical ways of peacemaking through mindfulness, nonviolent communication, and nonviolent conflict resolution. (Students may not receive credit toward graduation for both HUM 2330 and 3330); 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent, junior standing or instructor permission

HUM 3490  Crime and Punishment in Film and Literature  (3)                as required
This course introduces students to the fundamental legal and ethical issues in American crime and criminal justice through film and literature. The course examines the dilemmas in crime and punishment. Students discuss literature and films in the context of the humanities; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent, junior standing or instructor permission

HUM 3710  Special Topics  (3)                                    as required
3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent, junior standing or instructor permission

HUM 4010  East and West Holistic Healing  (3)              online
This course introduces student to holistic healing, complementary and alternative therapies, energy and elemental work, multicultural perspectives, and traditional healers. Students will understand, evaluate, and appreciate traditional, holistic models of health and healing, as well as complementary and alternative therapies, and will learn and apply at least one chosen modality in their healing work.