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The Humanities Department: Humanities (general)

General Humanities Classes at YCCC

General humanities courses at YCCC provide students with an opportunity to explore a particular theme or issue, or to conduct an introductory survey of the humanities. Often interdisciplinary in their approach, these courses are a great way to discover the wide variety of practices that make up the humanities.   

Course Offerings

HUM 101: Introduction to the Humanities
This course serves as an introduction to the major arts that comprise the humanities: literature, theater, music, fine arts, and film. The course seeks to increase students’ appreciation for, and familiarity with, the humanities; provide students with the vocabulary and skills to pursue further investigations into the humanities; and help students use the humanities to deepen their critical thinking skills.
HUM 102: Humanities Seminar: World War II
A specialized seminar focused on World War II, with guest lectures from veterans and others who experienced the events firsthand. Prerequisite: Required ENG 101 or co-requisite ENG 101.
HUM 102: Humanities Seminar: Mythology
A specialized seminar focusing on Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology. Prerequisite: Required ENG 101 or co-requisite ENG 101.

HUM 110: World Religions           
This course provides a survey of the major religions that have had a world-wide impact on human history, culture, and civilization. Particular attention will be given to the religious traditions and beliefs of Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. Civil religion, universalism, and the influence of secular culture on religions will be discussed.  The course also emphasizes critical thinking skills, interpretation, reasoning and the expression of ideas in writing.  Prerequisite: C or better in ENG 095, or appropriate Reading Placement Exam score.
HUM 135: Arts in America
This course focuses on art forms that have influenced, and been influenced by, American culture. Genres explored include literature, music, fine arts, theatre, and film. Guided by representative themes, students will explore various art forms for their aesthetic, social, cultural, and historical value. The major goal of the class is to lead students to consider what the arts mean to them and to the larger community in which they interact, the role of art in building a national culture, how art helps us to interpret and understand social and cultural upheaval, and methods of understanding the contrast between “popular” and “elite” art. While by no means an in-depth study of the arts in America, the course seeks to introduce varied forms to students and lead them to further exploration on their own.
HUM 201 - Multicultural America
This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining multicultural America.  Students will study issues related to race relations, ethnicity, gender, and class conflict in contemporary and historical America.  Questions to be studied include: What does it mean to be an American in a diverse society? How do we define and discuss ethnic, racial, and class differences? How have newcomers adjusted to, or resisted, the process of Americanization? Why have Americans either welcomed or excluded immigrants? Class resources will include literature, historical texts, film, and other materials. Students will complete an independent project in which they research a relevant current or historical issue.  Prerequisite:  ENG 101.
HUM 210 —Historical and Literary Survey of the BibleThis course provides an overview of the historical background, cultural context, literary genre, and thematic content of the Judeo-Christian Bible.  Attention will be given to textual understanding based on historical and literary interpretation.  Correlations will be made to contemporary language, morality, religion, and culture. Prerequisite: ENG 101
HUM 275 —The Nature of Dreams
This course will explore ideas about the nature of dreams throughout history and in diverse cultures. Students will analyze dreams in relation to questions about knowledge, science, selfhood, society, morality and divinity.