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HUM 130 : The Humanities: Major Works

Prerequisites: None
Description: Major works from several places and times, including the present, with the aim of perceiving their significance in human culture and creating meaningful individual relationships with them.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 205 : Asian Art History

Prerequisites: None
Description: Cross listed with ART 205. For course description, see ART 205. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 220 : Values and Culture

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Significant works of cultural expression with respect to their aesthetic dimensions, their historical contexts, and their illumination of human value patterns. At least one non-western work is studied.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 225 : Values in American Life

Prerequisites: None
Description: Values that American thinkers, writers, artists, and designers have expressed within a developing culture; the diversities as well as the unities in the American experience and on the contributions of ethnic minorities to American society and its values.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 300 GW : Junior Seminar Humanities Writing - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C or better.
Description: Introduction to the practices of observation, comparison, and expression characteristic of interdisciplinary humanities as a field; development of skills in interpreting and writing essays on various expressive forms. ABC/NC grading only.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 301 : Styles and Expressive Forms

Prerequisites: ENG 114.
Description: Interpretation of works and the relationship between form and content in a variety of expressive modes. Reading of selected visual, musical, and written works from various times and places.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 302 : Theories and Methods in the Humanities

Prerequisites: ENG 114
Description: Development and broadening of the student's acumen in the arts per se and in the arts as means of cultural comparison, through the study and use of major critical methods.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

HUM 303 : Cultural Periods and Styles

Prerequisites: ENG 114.
Description: Development of the capacity for historical thinking through analysis of expressive forms generated within particular cultures. Variety of cultures and range of verbal and non-verbal forms of expression.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 320 : Music, Ideas, and Culture

Prerequisites: Junior standing.
Description: Functions of music in world cultural traditions; relation to other arts and disciplines. Writings of philosophers, critics, and musicians in conjunction with specific musical examples.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 345 : Humanism and Mysticism

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Comparative study of humanistic and mystical thoughts; ways in which these two traditions have developed and affected human civilization.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Religious Studies
  • Segment III Cluster - Ideas and the Making of Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 360 : Styles of African Cultural Expression

Prerequisites: ENG 114.
Description: Variety of sub-Saharan African cultural styles before, during, and after White rule. Traditional and modern expression in many genres: genres created in Africa and Western genres transformed by Africans.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - African Contributions to World Culture
  • Segment III Cluster - Cross-Cultural Studies in Language and Art
  • Segment III Cluster - Arts in Society
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 361 : Cultural Expression in Islam

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Classic works of Islamic holy/secular texts; art, architecture, novels, poetry, film. How great works characterize, symbolize, or are emblematic of specific intellectual environments, representing different times, places and diverse populations in Islamic civilization, including non Muslims.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Islamic Societies and Cultures
  • Segment III Cluster - Cross-Cultural Studies in Language and Art
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

HUM 366 : India's Gandhi

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: The complexity of Gandhi's values and ideas; major Eastern and Western influences on him; the admixture in his philosophy, literature, and politics.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Society, Politics, and Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 375 : Biography of a City

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Intellectual, artistic, and social life of a particular city. May be repeated when city varies.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
Units: 3

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Alexandria

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Introduction to the city of Alexandria, its rich, complex history. Focus on major events, religious, cultural, urban, and literary that shaped Alexandria and brought it to its present status.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
Units: 3

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Beijing

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: The dynamics of Beijing's intellectual, artistic, and social life in its most significant periods of Chinese cultural flowering.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Berlin

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Berlin in its cultural tradition and innovation as it emerged in the 20th Century against the background of drastic social and political changes.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Boston

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Social and cultural history of Boston; its distinctive literary and political traditions with attention to visual arts, film, and music.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
Units: 3

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Cairo

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Investigation of a variety of literary, religious, historical and visual texts to examine various transformations of Cairo across history.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
Units: 3

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Cape Town

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Social and cultural history of Cape Town; exploration of this unique city through its writings, arts, and film.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Chicago

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: The social and cultural history of Chicago; its distinctive literary and musical traditions with attention to visual arts, architecture and film.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Delhi

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: The dynamics of India?s central city: intellectual, social, religious, cultural, and artistic life at various moments of its history.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
Units: 3

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Florence

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: The social, intellectual, and artistic dynamics of the city where the Renaissance flowered in the late Middle Ages, studied through its legacy of art, music, philosophy, literature, sculpture, architecture, and technology; Florence dealt with as one of humankind's quintessential cities.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Istanbul

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: A very old and storied city, Byzantium-Constantinople-Istanbul is studied in all its cultural dimensions--topographical, historical, artistic, political, religious, and personal. Students study the interaction of ancient and modern, Oriental and European, Christian and Islamic cultures.
General Education:
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Lagos

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Social and cultural history of Lagos from its beginnings to the present day; its distinctive literary and political traditions and character; attention to visual arts, film and music.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: London

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: London is one of the world's most significant cities, a cradle of Western civilization. Explores humanistic themes which give a city its greatness, including London as a symbol of continuity and tradition, as a forum of politics and ideas, as a crucible of manners and morals, and as a community of world cultures.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Los Angeles

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: The dynamics of Los Angeles' intellectual, artistic, and social life in the 20th century.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Mexico City

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: The social and cultural history of Mexico City; its distinctive literary and musical traditions with attention to visual arts, architecture, and film.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Moscow

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Moscow's contributions to world culture and history, from its emergence as a powerful city in the 14th century through its position as the dominant commercial, cultural, and political center of Russia today.
General Education:
Units: 3

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Naples

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Italy's most controversial and eccentric city, Naples will be explored in all its overt and covert cultural dimensions-topographical, historical, social, literary, artistic, cinematic, musical, and gastronomical.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: New York

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: The dynamics of New York's intellectual, artistic, and social life from the late 19th century to the present.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Paris

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Paris as a center of the modern spirit in the arts and city life are explored; its architecture, literature, politics, museums, and lifestyles are presented.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Rio de Janeiro

Prerequisites: ENG 214.
Description: Bringing historiographic and musical scholarship to bear, examines Rio de Janeiro as a site of Latin American cultural production, contextualizing issues of meaning, aesthetics, religion, and the politics of cultural resistance in Afro-Brazilian culture.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Rome

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: After examining Rome's classical monuments and medieval heritage, concentrates on the Renaissance and Baroque grandeur of Rome shown in art, music, letters, and major historic events, and concludes with consideration of modern Rome.
General Education:
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Shanghai

Prerequisites: First year composition.
Description: Introduction to the distinctive local culture of Shanghai, China's greatest port city, its encounter with the west, and the home of some of its greatest modern writers, artists, and intellectuals.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Tokyo

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Japan's great central city before and after the Meiji Restoration is studied in this comprehensive course; "Edokko" (Tokyoite) traits that manifest themselves in the arts and lifestyles; the new culture of the megalopolis.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Venice

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Exploration of Venice, Italy's most unique and visited city. Focus on all its dimensions- architectonic, historical, artistic, social, literary, cinematic and musical.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

HUM 375 : Biography of a City: Vienna

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: A study of the intellectual, social, and artistic life of the city of Vienna during the years 1848-1918, with special emphasis on music, architecture, and literature.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 376 : San Francisco

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Investigation of San Francisco as a center of intellectual, social, and cultural life. Some sections offer field trips and tours.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
  • Segment III Cluster - California Cultures and Environments
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 377 : Jerusalem

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: The dynamics of Jerusalem's intellectual, artistic, and social life with emphasis on the great works that symbolize the contribution of that city to human culture. This course is offered as HUM 377 and JS 377. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Islamic Societies and Cultures
  • Segment III Cluster - Dynamics of the City
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

HUM 380 : Nature and Human Values

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of classic and contemporary writings and works of art that explore human beings' place in the natural world.
Units: 3

HUM 390 : Images of Eroticism

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or consent of instructor.
Description: Ways in which human sexuality, both the socially acceptable varieties and those practices which different societies attempt to prohibit, are represented in the art and literature of cultures in different historical periods.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Sexuality
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 401 : Ancient Greek Literature

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with CLAS 410. For course description, see CLAS 410. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 402 : Ancient Roman Literature

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with CLAS 415. For course description, see CLAS 415. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

HUM 403 : The Early Middle Ages

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with HIST 330. For course description, see HIST 330. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Medieval and Renaissance Europe
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

HUM 404 : The High Middle Ages

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Society and culture in medieval Europe from the 12th to the 14th century. This course is offered as HUM 404 and HIST 331. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Medieval and Renaissance Europe
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

HUM 405 : Art, Literature, and Power in the Renaissance

Prerequisites: ART 202 or consent of instructor, or consent of Humanities adviser.
Description: Cross listed with ART 405. For course description, see ART 405. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Medieval and Renaissance Europe
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

HUM 407 : Romanticism and Impressionism

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: A variety of European and American expressive forms (literature, visual arts, music, philosophy) and their contexts from the Napoleonic Era to the beginning of World War I.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

HUM 410 : The Modern Revolution

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Society, literature, thought, and art, and their interrelationships in late 19th and early 20th century Western culture; impact on cultural life of science, social crisis, and end of Western cultural isolation. (Not open to students who have completed PHIL 304.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Nineteenth & Twentieth Century European Contributions to World Culture
  • Segment III Cluster - Ideas and the Making of Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 415 : Contemporary Culture

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Issues and achievements in art, thought, and society during the 20th century; literature, fine arts, philosophy, and history.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Nineteenth & Twentieth Century European Contributions to World Culture
  • Segment III Cluster - Arts in Society
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 425 : Thought and Image: Humanities

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Works in the humanities and creative arts studied in terms of the unique ways the meanings, values, and forms reflect their cultures of origin. Works from at least two global cultures will be included.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Expression: Diversity, Contradiction, Unity
  • Segment III Cluster - Arts in Society
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 432 : Nietzsche and Postmodernism

Prerequisites: ENG 214.
Description: Examines the most radical implications of Nietzsche's critique of western humanism. Close reading of major writings by Nietzsche and selected "postmodern" readings of Nietzsche. This course is offered as HUM 432 [formerly HUM 367] and PHIL 432. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

HUM 434 : Arendt and Heidegger

Prerequisites: First-year composition or consent of instructor.
Description: Hannah Arendt, a student of Heidegger, is renowned in her own right as philosopher and political theorist. In a comparative study explore the relationship of their ideas, and question the extent to which she was disciple or critic. This course is offered as HUM 434, JS 414, and PHIL 434. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3

HUM 450 : California Culture

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Dynamics of California society and culture in recent times; world oasis, flawed paradise, lifestyle crucible, and creative milieu; function in American culture and Pacific relations. This course is offered as HUM 450 and AMST 410. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • Segment III Cluster - California Cultures and Environments
  • Segment III Cluster - American Culture and Society
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 455 : Humanities of the Americas

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Humanities of American cultures emphasizing Latin America and the Caribbean. Cultural/historical framework for study of ancient, colonial, and modern humanistic expressions in architecture, folk arts, poetry, painting, murals, cinema, music.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 470 : American Autobiography

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Reading and critical analysis of selected American autobiographies from the colonial period to the late 20th century.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • Segment III Cluster - American Culture and Society
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

HUM 480 : Thought and Culture in America to 1880

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with HIST 480. For course description, see HIST 480. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - American Culture and Society
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

HUM 481 : Thought and Culture in America: 1880 to the Present

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent, upper division standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross-listed with HIST 481. For course description, see HIST 481. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

HUM 485 : The Arts and American Culture

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Figures in visual, literary, and performing arts who have reflected American culture through mastery of their arts; relationships between arts in periods of American cultural development. This course is offered as HUM 485 and AMST 310. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - American Culture and Society
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 490 : American Images: Photography and Literature

Prerequisites: ENG 114.
Description: Selected American photographers and the relationship of their photographs to contemporary literary texts.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - America in the Nineteenth Century
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

HUM 496 : Islam and the Poetics of Space

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: The built environment of Islam through critical reading of art, film, literature. How places take on meaning through use and perception, sensitive to time, place, ethnicity, gender, class, and ideology.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Islamic Societies and Cultures
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

HUM 501 : Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with JS/PHIL 501. For course description, see JS 501. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Islamic Societies and Cultures
  • Segment III Cluster - Mediterranean and Middle East: Cultural Crossroads
  • Segment III Cluster - Jewish Experience
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

HUM 507 : Art of China

Prerequisites: ART 205 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with ART 507. For course description, see ART 507. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3

HUM 510 : Comparative Form and Culture

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Parallel forms of thought, feeling, and cultural expression in particular cultural areas interacting with each other, through consideration of architectural, musical, literary, pictorial, and critical works.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Arts in Society
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Expression: Diversity, Contradiction, Unity
  • Segment III Cluster - Cross-Cultural Studies in Language and Art
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 520 : North and South American Cultural Expression

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Values, ideas, and creative styles of North and South American cultures through comparisons of literary artistic and architectural creations from each culture. This course is offered as HUM 520 and LTNS 520 [formerly RAZA 520]. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Expression: Diversity, Contradiction, Unity
  • Segment III Cluster - Cross-Cultural Studies in Language and Art
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3

HUM 526 : Culture of Japan before 1850

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Japanese literature, art, architecture, religion, aesthetic theory, and other forms of thought and image prior to 1850, studied in the context of the world view of the Japanese.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Society, Politics, and Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

HUM 527 : Japan and Modernity

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Japanese literature, art, architecture, religion, aesthetic theory, and other forms of thought and image since 1850 studied in the context of the world view of the Japanese.
General Education:
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 530 : Chinese Civilization

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Formation and development of Chinese civilization; intellectual movements examined in their historical context; ideas expressed in literary, visual, and performance arts.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Society, Politics, and Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

HUM 531 : Images of Modern China

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: An introduction to modern Chinese culture through close reading of literature, historical documents, visual arts and film. All works read in translation.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Society, Politics, and Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 535 : Classical South Asian Cultural Forms

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Literature, philosophy, religion, art, architecture and music of Ancient and Medieval South Asia.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Cross-Cultural Studies in Language and Art
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Society, Politics, and Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

HUM 536 : Modern South Asian Cultural Forms

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Literature, philosophy, religion, art, architecture, theater, music, film and media of Modern South Asia.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Cross-Cultural Studies in Language and Art
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Society, Politics, and Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 550 : The Art of Autobiography

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Explores efforts to understand and give form to the self in religious and secular writings, self-portraits, film, with focus on culturally distinct forms of self-expression and on the construction of the self in narrative and image.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Ideas and the Making of Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

HUM 690 : Senior Seminar in the Humanities

Prerequisites: Senior standing.
Description: Integration of students' interdisciplinary education through preparation and revision of a substantial piece of work. An aspect of human experience explored in culturally diverse works.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Previous humanities courses providing evidence of the student's ability, and consent of instructor.
Description: Independent inquiry into a specific problem formulated by the student and approved by a member of the department who will judge the student's findings.
Units: 1-4

HUM 700 : Introduction to Integrative Study

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser or instructor.
Description: Examination of the origins, traditions, and current practices of integrative humanities.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

HUM 701 : Fine Arts in the Humanities

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser or instructor.
Description: Character and province of the fine arts; ways artistic principles and experience form relationships with other disciplines and experience.
Units: 3

HUM 702 : Literature in the Humanities

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser or instructor.
Description: Character and province of literature; ways literary principles and experiences form relationships with other disciplines and experience.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 703 : History in the Humanities

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser or instructor.
Description: Character and province of history; the ways historical principles and experience form relationships with other disciplines and experience.
Units: 3

HUM 704 : Philosophy in the Humanities

Prerequisites: consent of graduate major adviser or instructor.
Description: Character and province of philosophy; ways philosophical principles and experience form relationships with other disciplines and experience.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

HUM 710 : Seminar in European Forms and Culture

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser or instructor.
Description: Relations of art and thought to society in European culture. Nature of the relationship among the arts, thought, and society at selected historical moments.
Units: 3

HUM 711 : Seminar in American Forms and Culture

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser or American Studies adviser or instructor.
Description: Relations of art and thought to society in American culture. Nature of the relationship among the arts, thought, and society at selected historical moments.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 712 : Seminar in African Forms and Culture

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser or instructor.
Description: Relations of arts and thought to society in Africa. Nature of the relationship among the arts, thought, and society at selected historical moments.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

HUM 713 : Seminar in Asian Forms and Culture

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser or instructor.
Description: Relations of art and thought to society in Asia. Nature of the relationship among the arts, thought, and society at selected historical moments.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

HUM 720 : Humanistic Themes

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Interdisciplinary approaches to the analysis of major themes in Humanistic works and the study of the modalities of the thematic approach to cultural analysis.
Units: 3

HUM 721 : Culture and Style

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser or instructor.
Description: Analysis and interpretation of historic cultures and the evolution of distinctive styles of expression within particular cultural settings.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

HUM 723 : Contemporary Humanistic Scholarship

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser or instructor.
Description: A 20th century scholar whose work has been significant in several disciplines: his/her developments; the problems of knowledge, method, and culture which he/she examined; the intellectual tensions which influenced him/her; the result of his/her work.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 725 : Great Theorists: Walter Benjamin

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with PLSI/GER 786. For course description, see PLSI 786. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

HUM 896 : Directed Study of Humanistic Works

Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy for the master's degree and acceptance for culminating experience by graduate faculty member.
Description: Concentrated tutorial study of primary major humanistic works selected for the comprehensive examination. Course credit contingent upon satisfactory completion of comprehensive examination.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 898 : Master's Thesis

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

HUM 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser and supervising faculty member.
Description: Individual study for selected master's degree candidates, pursued under special arrangements with a member of the department faculty.
Units: 1-3
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