Humanities Concentrations

Students in the humanities program have the flexibility to select from the following concentrations.

English/Literature

Take 8 courses from this list in addition to the core requirements listed on the bachelor’s or associate’s page.

History

Take 8 courses from this list in addition to the core requirements listed on the bachelor’s or associate’s page.

Literature

Take 8 out of these 10 courses in addition to the core requirements listed on the bachelor’s or associate’s page:

ENG-140E Introduction to Literature
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the form and structure of various genres of literature in English. Class discussion and writing assignments make use of such critical concepts as point of view, imagery, and tone. Prerequisite: ENG130E or ENG112E recommended.
ENG-218E
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ENG-221E Survey of British Literature I
This course seeks to familiarize students with some of the new tools and new venues available for writing. As the Internet becomes a more ubiquitous part of our everyday lives, students need to know how to access available information and how to participate in the ongoing conversation. At the same time, the course emphasizes the basics of good, college-level writing. The class also seeks to foster collaboration on various projects.
ENG-226E Major American Writers
A study in some depth of a limited number of major American writers, such as Thoreau, Whitman, and James in the nineteenth century, and O’Neill, Frost and Faulkner in the twentieth.
ENG-233E Modern Short Story
A study of the major short story writers including Flannery O’Connor, John Updike, John Cheever, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
ENG-240E
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ENG-241E Fantasy Literature
This course is a survey intended to introduce the student to major works of fantasy and to the impact of fantasy on other forms of literature. The course covers a variety of prose ranging from early Greek fantasy to contemporary fiction by Tolkien and LeGuin. There is an emphasis on short story fiction, especially the tale, but the course includes at least one novel.
ENG-263E Children's Literature
Beginning with the Tales of Mother Goose, the fairy and the folk tale, this course focuses on the history and the tradition of children’s literature, including works such as Alice in Wonderland, The Wind in the Willows, and Charlotte’s Web. Multicultural works that include Asian, Hispanic, and African-American poetry, drama, historical fiction and stories are discussed.
ENG-381E American Novel to Film
Critics often claim that film, with its compressed focus, does a poor job of adapting novels to the silver screen. Is this always true? This course explores novels and the films that evolved from them. Books may include works by Alice Walker, Raymond Chandler, Philip K. Dick, Susan Orlean, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf, Michael Cunningham, and others. Genres of the work include detective, science fiction, and realism. The related films may include The Color Purple, Blade Runner, The Big Sleep, Adaptation, The Age of Innocence, Mrs. Dalloway, and The Hours
ENG-387E African-American Literature
From rap to hauntings, African-American literature is a dynamic part of our culture. Many of us, however, have limited appreciation of these texts because we are ignorant of their cultural contexts, so different from our own. Beginning with a video on Black English—which shows the aesthetic integrity of this dialect— students explore both the folk and literary traditions as reflectors /creators of African American experience. Work songs, blues, and jazz, as well as classic AA texts form the perspective through which we study novels by Baldwin, Ellison and Morrison.

Philosophy

Take 8 courses from this list in addition to the core requirements listed on the bachelor’s or associate’s page.

Theology

Take 8 courses from this list in addition to the core requirements listed on the bachelor’s or associate’s page.