Arts & Humanities Division

Arts and humanities courses provide students with the ability to achieve the following objectives and to become open-minded, culturally sensitive individuals.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Define and express an appreciation of the essential elements of the arts as they relate to societal and cultural values.
  2. Express sensitivity and tolerance of cultural differences.
  3. Understand differing worldviews in order to be literate in concepts that are behind one's behavior, traditions, daily preferences, and values.
Distribution of Courses (2 Courses/6 Credit Hours):
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
HUMN 101

Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to provide a conceptual understanding and overview of the major disciplines of the humanities including music, theatre, cinema, visual arts, philosophy, and literature. This course will help students hone their critical thinking, interpretation, and discussion skills.

3
LING 105

Prerequisite: None

This introductory course emphasizes the importance of language in its relation to the human experience. Topics in the course include the nature of language, how languages are learned and used to communicate, how culture influences communication, and the role of language in conflict resolution. The course is designed to be useful for a variety of eventual professions and social situations as well as to help students to develop sensitivity to differing cultures and worldviews in an evaluative and reflective manner. Students will begin to evaluate their own actions and language use in a way that aids in understanding the diversity of language and thought found in a globalized society.

3
PHIL 101

Prerequisite: None

This course introduces the study of philosophy through the history of philosophical thought and texts. It also introduces a broad spectrum of philosophical problems and perspectives with an emphasis on the systematic questioning of basic assumptions about knowledge, meaning, reality, and values.

3
RLGN 110

Prerequisite: None

This purpose of this course is to introduce students to the diversity in religions of the world and to provide an overview of select religious traditions from around the globe. Students will learn to compare and contrast the various religions to be covered including some of the following: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and new religious traditions. Students will be able to make cross-cultural connections through an understanding of historical facts, religious institutions, and an understanding of the basic tenets and texts surrounding the religious traditions covered in the course. The course will help students develop an understanding of the influence of religion on culture, social and political systems, and personal action.

3