Department of Humanities
The Department of Humanities offers courses in Communications, English,History, Religion, Spanish, French, Music, and Art. The courses prepare students to read and write critically and intelligently, write and speak accurately and effectively, develop the capacity for informed and critical appreciation of literature, and knowledge and understanding necessary for further study in English.
The Religious Studies Concentration is intended to provide the foundation to undertake scholarly research and gain the skills to be effective in the ministry as a preacher or layperson.
Department of Humanities
Description of Courses
ART 1000 Art Appreciation 3 hours
A general survey of art from Prehistory to contemporary art. The course is designed to engender an appreciation for the world’s masterpieces through visual and oral presentations.
COM 2200 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 hours
This course focuses on the theory and practice of oral communication skills which affect critical thinking in public speaking situations. An emphasis is placed upon research, organization and delivery. Prerequisite: ENG 1302.
ENG 0900 Developmental English 0 hours
This is a remedial course that includes a study of sentence types, sentence variations, and sentence combining. The focus of this course is on the development and writing of various types of paragraphs. Ancillary short readings are required. This course will not satisfy graduation requirements.
ENG 1301-1302 English Composition I-II 3 hours/3hours
A course sequenced designed to teach students effective reading, writing, speaking and listening. ENG 1301 emphasies sentence, paragraph, linguistic structures and mechanics. ENG 1302 focuses on expository and argumentative writing, and to introduction to library skills and formal methods of documentation.
ENG 2290-2291 American Literature I-II 3 hours/3hours
This course is a survey of major authors and literary movements/ paradigms in American literature. ENG 2290 focuses on literature in the U.S. from its beginnings to 1865. ENG 2291 focuses on American literature from 1865 to the present.
ENG 2500 Humanities Seminar 1 hour
This seminar allows students the opportunity to work closely with an instructor in a specific area of the instructor's expertise. Students will be required to bring together interests and skills developed in this and previous courses to make in-depth oral and written presentation on a topic of their choosing as a culminating project of the Humanities Concentration.
FRN 1010-1020 French I-II 3 hours/3 hours
The course is designed to provide students with the fundamentals of French pronunciation and grammar, as well as an introduction to Francophone culture. The course will stress the development of communication skills, especially listening and speaking, but will also promote reading and writing skills. FRN 1020 emphasis is on vocabulary enrichment and the development of speaking ability as well as strengthening listening and reading comprehension skills necessary to learn more about the Francophone culture.
FRN 2010-2020 Intermediate French I-II 3 hours/3 hours
An extended study of the vocabulary and grammatical structures to learn strategies for improve listening and reading comprehension, as well as speaking and writing skills. FRN 2010 emphasis is on the continued development of French language skills through the study and discussion of authentic readings in Francophone literature and culture. FRN 2020 develops deeper insights into Francophone culture and to draw comparisons with their own culture. Prerequisite FRN 1020.
FST 1000 Freshman Studies 3 hours
This course is designed to empower the student as he/she begins to set and maintain realistic personal and educational goals. Emphasis is on developing reading, writing, math, and other effective learning strategies. Other topics include exploration of learning styles and diversity on a college campus, development of critical thinking skills, and introduction to campus resources and use of technology.
HIS 2010-2020 United States History I-II 3 hours/3 hours
This course is a study of United States history. HIS 2010 studies the development of cultural, economic, social and political institutions in America from pre-Columbian times to the Civil War. HIS 2020 is a study of the development of cultural, economic, social and political institutions in the United States from the Civil War to present times.
HIS 2110 World History & Diversity 3 hours
This course is a study from a historical perspective, of the systems of beliefs, attitudes, behaviors, and traditions that have emerged from various groups. Topics will include aspects of social patterns, educational/intellectual involvement, health and spirituality. The components of diversity will be explored, including organizational culture, biological factors, gender, media/influences, and language/dialects. Students will develop their own conceptual model of cultural diversity.
HIS 2120 World History 3 hours
This survey course is organized around five overarching themes in World History that serve as unifying threads throughout the course: Social--Development and transformation of social structures; Political--State-building, expansion, and conflict; Interaction between humans and the environment; Cultural--Development and interaction of cultures; and Economic--Creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems. The themes also provide a way to organize comparisons and analyze change and continuity over time.
MUS 1000 Music Appreciation 3 hours
This course is a survey of music, including musical forms and styles, families of orchestral instruments, musical terminology and music history.
REL 1000 Introduction to Religion 3 hours
This course examines the methods of studying religion and the perspectives they represent. The course addresses the concepts and nature of religion and religious meaning as it relates to the individual and society.
REL 1010 Introduction to the Old Testament 3 hours
This course is a survey of the historical, literary, cultural and theological heritage in ancient Israel from its earliest beginnings to the start of the Christian era. Special attention will be paid to the geographical and historical contexts in which the Jewish scriptures arose, their social settings, political biases, and theological message.
REL 1020 Introduction to the New Testament 3 hours
This course is the study of the development of the text and canon of the New Testament, reflections on the teachings of the New Testament and its importance to the church, and applications of the teachings of the New Testament to the church and the Christian life.
REL 1500 Comparative World Religion 3 hours
A global survey of religious traditions to encourage the development of knowledge and the appreciation of diverse cultures and religions. Special attention will be paid to how religion affect individual and cultural identities.
REL 2000 Contemporary Religion 3 hours
This course explores the role of religion in modern life. It focuses on the contemporary approach to the field of religion through marketing, politics, diversity, and the role of religion in the United States.
REL 2010 Religious Ethics 3 hours
This course exposes students to three lines of ethical thought in regards to the relationship of religion through moral standards, ethics, and personal goals. Discussions on societal standards of right and wrong as it relates to religious doctrines.
REL 2500 Religion Seminar 1 hour
This course explores advanced issues in the study of religion as a component of cultural life.
SPN 1010-1020 Spanish I-II 3 hours/3 hours
SPN 1010 is designed to provide students with the fundamentals of Spanish pronunciation and grammar, as well as an introduction to Spanish culture. SPN 1020 continues the strengthening of listening, speaking, and comprehensive skills, as well as but will also promote reading and writing skills to appreciate the Spanish culture.
SPN 2010-2020 Intermediate Spanish I-II 3 hours
SPN 2010 is designed to emphasize the continued development of Spanish language skills through the study and discussion of authentic readings in Spanish literature and culture. SPN 2020 assist with learning strategies to improve reading comprehension and fundamental composition writing skills. Students at this level will also continue to develop deeper insights into the Spanish culture and to draw comparisons with their own culture. Prerequisite: SPAN 1020