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HUMA105W Introduction to Music (Exploring the World of Music)
3 Credits
A fundamental approach to perceptive listening, based on a detailed study of several masterpieces representing different periods and forms. The pieces will be studied from aesthetic and historical perspectives. By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of musical history with recognition of many different styles of music.

HUMA106W Basic Music Theory Applied to Beginner Guitar
3 Credits
This course offers a fundamental approach to reading basic music theory and applying it to guitar.

HUMA108W Basic Music Theory Applied to Orff Methodology
3 Credits
This course offers a fundamental approach to reading basic music theory and applying it to the recorder and various orffestration instruments (xylophone, metallophone, glockenspiel, shakers, drums, etc.).

HUMA120W Environmental Issues
(3 Credits)
Current environmental issues will be examined focusing on interactions and relationships between society, the individual, and the physical environment. Students will increase their awareness, through critical thinking, of how the individual fits into the environment and what is his or her responsibility as a part of the biosphere. Areas examined will include environmental constraints, population, and economic growth, impacts of resource development, environmental change, politics, and how individual attitudes and actions affect the environment, policies, and regulations. Evaluation will be based on writing assignments, group projects and class presentations. (Co-requisite: ENGL120W)

HUMA126W The Cinema: History and Art (American Cinema)
3 Credits
This course explores Hollywood film as an art form, industry, and system of representatives and communication. In one sense, this is a language course, the language of film. The course will explain how Hollywood films work technically, artistically, and culturally to reinforce and challenge America's national self-image.

HUMA130W Philosophy for Modern Times
3 Credits
This course is an introduction to some of the main problems of philosophy--the existence of God, the nature of the mind, human freedom, the limits of knowledge and truth about ethics. There will be an examination of social and political thought using contemporary methods. Topics such as philosophy's big questions, Feng Shui, the meaning of life, God, intuition, energy, meditation, karma, reincarnation, political hypocrisy and the elusiveness of happiness will be examined.

HUMA140W Science Fiction and Philosophy
3 Credits
Science Fiction and Philosophy explores timely philosophical issues such as the nature of persons and their minds, immortality, gods, aliens, paranormal phenomena, whether time travel is possible, and the nature of artificial intelligence. This course is suitable for students who want to open their minds to new possibilities in philosophy by using the science fiction genre to explore ideas they may never have examined before.

HUMA181W Spanish I
3 Credits
This course is designed to develop the student's fundamental ability to both comprehend and converse in daily spoken Spanish. Early reading and writing skills are introduced, as well as the customs and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

HUMA182W Spanish II
3 Credits
A continuation of HUMA181W, the course will cover intensive oral practice combined with the study of grammar and composition. Reading of elementary texts will be included.

HUMA183W French I
3 Credits
This course is open to students with little or no prior experience in the language. It stresses the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as the language in a cultural setting.

HUMA184W French II
3 Credits
A continuation of HUMA183W with the same emphasis on listening, speaking, reading and writing.

HUMA185W German I
3 Credits
This course is open to students with little or no prior experience in the language. It stresses the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as the language in a cultural setting.

HUMA186W German II
3 Credits
A continuation of HUMA185W with the same emphasis on listening, speaking, reading and writing.

HUMA187W World Music Drumming
3 Credits
This course offers a fundamental approach to World Music Drumming primarily based on the traditions of West Africa and the Islands of the Caribbean. Students will play tubanos, djembes, shekeres, and other traditional instruments of West Africa. They will learn to listen and communicate better with their fellow students; understand and demonstrate the value and techniques of cooperative teamwork; and sing songs from various multicultural traditions.

HUMA190W Introduction to Modern Dance & Movement
3 Credits
Dance is more than a technique, or set of steps, but a way of deepening our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. We will strengthen our physical body while also developing and exploring our creative expression through the art of dance in a safe and supportive environment.

HUMA212W Legal and Ethical Issues
3 credits
This course is designed to introduce the concepts of ethics from their origin in antiquity to their application in today's world. Morality and moral values and their codification into our legal system will be explored. Major contemporary ethical issues will be examined. The primary focus will be ethical issues in helping professions and the acquisition of skills needed to facilitate the process of ethical decision-making.

HUMA214W World Religions
3 credits
This course is an introduction to the history and worldviews of the major world religions focusing on their common elements as well as their diversity. A comparative approach is used to present the essential components common to all religious traditions: the nature of the divine, the place of humans in the world, founding narratives, rituals and symbols, the spiritual experience and the meaning of life after death. The ideological implications of these various religions in a global world will also be examined.

HUMA228W Special Topics in the Humanities
3 Credits
This individualized course is a 200-hour examination of a topic of the student's choice, a prospectus having been approved by the department. (Prerequisite: ENGL120W and three additional credits in English)

HUMA240W Critical Thinking Seminar
3 Credits
This course is designed to help learners think and provide substantial evidence for their resolutions.  Learners are immersed in a process that encourages them to practice and value objective inquiry over subjective preconceptions.  By careful examination of their own thinking processes and the strategies of successful problem-solvers, students build a diverse repertoire of effective thinking skills.  Students then apply these numeric, deductive, and evaluative approaches to a gamut of problem scenarios, from the practical to the abstract.  (Prerequisite: ENGL120W)