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					College of Humanities and the Arts

General Education Course Descriptions
A2 – WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 1A
Composition 1 - ENGL 1A - English Expository writing, supplemented by critical reading. Prerequisite: English Placement Test.

A3 – CRITICAL THINKING
Critical Thinking - ENGL 7 - English Nature and meaning of critical thought, Western and non-Western. Relationship between logic and language. Examination of contrasting arguments on related subjects as a means for developing skill in analysis of prose. Prerequisite: ENGL 1A. Language and Thinking - LING 21 - Linguistics Exploring systems of language and logic in oral and written discourse, with a focus on the role of shared cultural assumptions, language style and the media of presentation in shaping the form and content of argumentation. Logic and Critical Reasoning - PHIL 57 – Philosophy Basic concepts of logic; goals and standards of both deductive and inductive reasoning; techniques of argument analysis and assessment; evaluation of evidence; language and definition; fallacies.

B4 – MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS
Mathematics and Logic for General Education - PHIL 9 - Philosophy A survey of basic concepts and methods, focusing on logic, computation, sets, numbers, geometry and probability. Emphasis will be placed on using these concepts in daily life and in coping with public issues. Prerequisite: Intermediate Algebra; satisfaction of ELM requirement.

C1 – ARTS
Acting - TA 5 - Television, Radio, Film and Theatre Basic acting class for non-theatre arts majors. Exploration of inner and external resources for performance, analysis of text and character, guidelines for successful rehearsal and performance. Learning to be seen, heard, understood and believed. American Civilization - AMS 1A & 1B - American Studies Program - Humanities American culture examined through political, literary, artistic, economic and social development. American values, ideas and institutions from popular culture as well as traditional sources. Notes: Entire sequence satisfies GE Areas C1,2; D2,3:F1,2,3. Art History, Prehistoric to Medieval - ARTH 70A - Art History Program - Art & Design Western painting, sculpture and architecture from Prehistoric times through the Middle Ages. Important art works of Egypt, Greece, Rome and Medieval Europe. Art History, Renaissance to Modern - ARTH 70B - Art History Program - Art & Design Western painting, sculpture and architecture from the Renaissance to the present. Masters of the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-Classic, Romantic and Modern periods, including Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Durer, Rembrandt, Vermeer, David, Delacroix and Monet.

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Arts of Asia - ARTH 70C (ASIA 70C) - Art History Program - Art & Design Major trends in the art of China, India and Japan, as well as Southeast and Central Asia and Korea, from the Neolithic period to the twentieth century. Dance Appreciation - DANC 10 - Dance Program - Music and Dance A survey of dance as art in the Western world. The course examines the diversity of people, cultures and events that led to the development of Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap and Musical Theatre Dance. Design in Society - ARTH 72 - Art History Program - Art & Design Considers the cultural role of design in addressing human needs in shaping the environment, in providing shelter, clothing, utilitarian objects, and transportation, in visual communication for political and entertainment purposes. Introduction to Aesthetics - PHIL 66 - Philosophy Issues such as the nature of beauty and ugliness, definition of art, creativity, and interpretation and evaluation of art. Philosophical discussion of works of art and our responses to them. Introduction to Music - MUSC 10B - Music and Dance Beginning piano playing as a means to understanding music. Listening skills developed through exposure to a variety of music: Popular/classical, old/new, Western/non-Western. Music Appreciation - MUSC 10A - Music and Dance General survey of Western music focusing on recorded and live performances. Music in World Cultures - MUSC 19 (ASIA 19) - Music and Dance Introduction to music in various cultural contexts outside European classical tradition. Live performances, film, video tapes and slides. Projects involving related arts encouraged. Theatre Appreciation - TA 10 - Television, Radio, Film and Theatre Study of the historical and cultural contexts of theatre around the world. Seeing and critical writing about plays. Handson experiences in the arts and crafts of live theatre.

C2 – LETTERS
American Civilization - AMS 1A & 1B - American Studies Program - Humanities American culture examined through political, literary, artistic, economic and social development. American values, ideas and institutions from popular culture as well as traditional sources. Notes: Entire sequence satisfies GE Areas C1,2; D2,3:F1,2,3. Ancient Philosophy - PHIL 70A - Philosophy Includes pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle; Hellenistic, Roman and Medieval philosophy. Bible History and Literature - RELS 90 (HUM 90/JWSS 90/MDES 90) - Religious Studies Program - Humanities The Bible in context of its history, literary sources and as a reflection of Jewish and Christian traditions. Motifs and themes in light of their original audience, historic usage and contemporary development. Contemporary World Fiction - ENGL 40 - English A study of selected works of fiction in English and in English translation written since 1975. The course both focuses on international texts that address significant themes of our time and explores ways of reading and understanding literature. Notes: No credit in the English major.

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Eastern Religions - RELS 70B (ASIA 70B/HUM 70B) - Religious Studies Program - Humanities Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian, Taoist and other Asian traditions from ancient beginnings to present expressions. Structure and dynamics manifest in sacred texts, institutions, rituals, central figures and movements. Emphasis on living religions and their traditional roots. Fantasy and Science Fiction - ENGL 22 - English Students will examine works of literary fantasy and science fiction to understand them as expressions of human intellect and imagination; to comprehend their historical and cultural contexts; and to recognize their diverse cultural traditions. Both contemporary and historical works will be studied. Notes: No credit in the English major. Great Works of Literature - ENGL 10 - English Fiction, drama and poetry for non-English majors. Emphasis on critical appreciation of various literary forms. Notes: No credit in the English major. Intermediate Chinese - CHIN 25A & 25B - Foreign Languages Development of basic skills in the use of Mandarin; preparation for advanced courses in the language. Prerequisite: 10 units of college Chinese (or equivalent). Note: Year course. Intermediate French Reading - FREN 25A - Foreign Languages Intensive training in reading authentic texts of a broad variety of genres in French to increase the students' proficiency from ACTFL Low Intermediate to Mid and High Intermediate levels. Prerequisite: 10 units of college French (or equivalent). Intermediate French Writing - FREN 25B - Foreign Languages Intensive practice in French expository writing to increase the students' written proficiency from ACTFL Low Intermediate to Mid and High levels. Review of major grammatical rules, vocabulary development and introduction to translation. Intermediate German - GERM 25A & 25B - Foreign Languages Part 1: Review of basic grammar expansion of vocabulary and communication skills in the context of culture. Prerequisite: 10 units of college German (or equivalent). Note: Year course. Part 2: Introduction of complex grammatical features, continued expansion of vocabulary and communication skills in the context of culture. Prerequisite: 15 units of college German or equivalent. Intermediate Japanese - JPN 25A & 25B - Foreign Languages Part 1: Continuation of JPN 1B. Preparation for advanced courses in the language. Prerequisite: 10 units of college Japanese (or equivalent). Part 2: Continuation of JPN 25. Preparation for advanced courses in the language. Prerequisite: 15 units of college Japanese (or equivalent). Intermediate Spanish - SPAN 25A & 25B - Foreign Languages Continuation of Span 1B. Preparation for advanced courses in the language. Prerequisite: 10 units of college Spanish (or equivalent). Note: Year course. Introduction to Creative Writing - ENGL 71 - English Examinations of works of poetry, creative nonfiction and short fiction as expression of human intellect and imagination, to comprehend the historic and cultural contexts, and recognize issues related to writing by men and women of diverse cultural traditions. Students will also write poetry, creative nonfiction, and a short fiction. Introduction to Philosophy - PHIL 10 - Philosophy Perennial problems in philosophy, such as Who am I? What can I know? How should I live? Classical philosophical statements bearing on these issues.

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Introduction to Shakespeare’s Drama - ENGL 78 - English Reading of five or six representative plays. The Elizabethan era, dynamics of performance and close analysis of the plays. Note: No credit in the English major. Modern Philosophy - PHIL 70B - Philosophy Seventeenth and eighteenth century philosophers such as Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, Berkeley, Hume and Kant. Moral Issues - PHIL 61- Philosophy Moral philosophy covering major ethical theories and contemporary moral issues, such as abortion, euthanasia, animal rights, capital punishment, and sexuality. Western Religions - RELS 70A (HUM 70A/MDES 70A) - Religious Studies Program -Humanities Primitive beginnings to present expressions such as Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Jewish, Christian and Islamic. Structure and dynamics manifest in sacred texts, institutions, rituals, central figures and movements. Emphasis on living religions and their traditional roots.

C3 – WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 1B
Composition 2 - ENGL 1B - English Continuation of expository writing, supplemented by critical reading and analysis of expository prose or literature. Prerequisite: ENGL 1A and English Placement Test.

D1 – HUMAN BEHAVIOR
Nature of Language - LING 20 - Linguistics Introduction to the nature of language as a social institution and practice in observing language structure and use in local speech communities.

D3 – SOCIAL ISSUES
American Civilization - AMS 1A & 1B - American Studies Program - Humanities American culture examined through political, literary, artistic, economic and social development. American values, ideas and institutions from popular culture as well as traditional sources. Notes: Entire sequence satisfies GE Areas C1,2; D2,3:F1,2,3.

E – HUMAN UNDERSTANDING AND DEVELOPMENT
Beyond Words: Getting Smarter Through Movement - TA 48 - Television, Radio, Film and Theatre Course focuses on using movement to understand the different stages of human life, in its biological and cultural configurations as well as the world around us. Movement shapes, unites and differentiates our preferences, communications and expressions. Death, Dying, and Religion - RELS 99 (HUM 99) - Religious perspectives on the process of death, particularly as experienced by the terminally ill, from the view of literature, scripture, psychology, theology and community persons counseling the terminally ill. Philosophy of the Person - PHIL 12 - Philosophy Philosophical issues concerning the origins, development and maturation of the self.

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