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The Literature Program offers two courses that satisfy the Disciplinary Lens in Literature and Humanities requirement.

ENGL 110 – Literature and Ideas
ENGL 110: Literature and Ideas is designed to expose students to multiple literary genres, styles and forms, fostering a broad perspective and diverse reading experience. This course helps to achieve the goals of the Foundational Studies Program by focusing on the following course learning outcomes. After successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • analyze a variety of literary and cultural forms with attention to style, form, structure, and genre
  • use basic terminology associated with the study of literature
  • draw conclusions about literary meaning using close reading techniques and textual evidence
  • articulate orally and/or in writing an understanding of how literature reflects common themes and ideas
  • articulate how differences expressed in literature relate to cultural and societal values
  • explore and navigate complicated issues with an open mind
  • apply perspectives from literary and cultural texts to life in our world today

HUM 207 – Introduction to Humanities
HUM 207: Introduction to Humanities is designed to help students understand the ways in which the arts and humanities reflect and shape cultures over time from the perspective of a humanities scholar. This course helps to achieve the goals of the Foundational Studies Program by focusing on the following course learning outcomes. After successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify and analyze major works of visual art, music, philosophy, literature, and/or architecture
  • define and use appropriate vocabulary to describe the characteristics of a variety of art forms, including such genres as painting, poetry, music, architecture, etc.
  • use clear and effective writing techniques to present ideas, including appropriate grammar and style
  • articulate and defend interpretations of works and/or cultural periods using specific evidence
  • explain how specific works in multiple humanities disciplines reflect the culture and/or time period that produced them
  • compare and contrast the humanities of current culture with those of different places and/or times
  • explain some ways that works from different genres address similar themes or historical events in different ways
  • apply methods of humanities interpretation to cultural works/events in the community and world
  • demonstrate an appreciation of diverse art forms and their value to different cultures


Humanities 207 Transcript

Imagine paintings in a cave far older than the pyramids. Massive bison. Graceful deer. Woolly mammoths. Elegant horses. These ancient creatures breathe in the deepest chasms. Why are they there? Whose hand made them? What inspired our distant ancestors to make images of the world around them?

We hike single file along a cliff-face, then into the mouth of a cave. Our guide gives us headlamps and we crawl on hands and knees through a muddy passage with huge, bloated spiders clinging above us. Then, down a ladder so long it sways with our weight and every rung is slippery with mud. Then come more passages. We turn off our headlamps and for a moment the darkness is complete. Then, a dim neon light glows in the guide’s hand and we stumble our way into a chamber. On the jagged ceiling, we see a mammoth with a clear trunk and hollow body and something vast looms above it. We are sure that it is a serpent, but our guide explains that it is a cat moving through time. Then, we recognize the head and front legs, but instead of a body we see the sinuous movement of a cat. Is this the ancestor of our YouTube cat videos? We stand in wonder, then make our way back into the world of today. Join the journey into the past.