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Humanities and Fine Arts Course Offerings

HUMA 100 Introduction to the Humanities through the Fine Arts – GS 5
This course aims to help students understand ways in which literature and the fine arts can deepen their sense of what it means to be human. The course gives students practice in appreciating masterpieces of painting, sculpture, architecture, music, poetry, prose narrative, theater, dance and film. Required for humanities majors; open to all interested students.

HUMA 110 / WMGS 110 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
This introduction to the discipline of women’s and gender studies will focus on one central question: What difference does gender make? By examining a variety of texts (articles, novels, films, popular culture), we will learn not only how to analyze issues of power, gender and identity, but also how to relate those issues to the wider world around us. Specific thematic units include socialization, violence, work, the female body, language, sexuality, motherhood and the family, race, globalization and voices from the third wave of feminism.

HUMA 240 Great American Novels – GS 6
This course is designed for the general student to provide her/him with in-depth knowledge of some of the great novels that make up the American literary tradition. Seven or eight novels are selected each time it is offered from a list that might include such works as Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter,” Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn,” James’ “The American,” Crane’s “The Red Badge of Courage,” Wharton’s “The Age of Innocence,” Gather’s “My Antonia,” Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises,” Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying,” Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” Silko’s “Ceremony” and Guterson’s “Snow Falling on Cedars.” Such works help the student understand the distinctive American culture and how it developed in all its diversity.

HUMA 261 / AMER 261 Introduction to American Studies – GS 6
This course explores what it means to define oneself as an American – historically, socially, spiritually and aesthetically. Readings are arranged both chronologically and topically and range from Puritan history and poetry to contemporary politics, art and philosophy. Topics include American work, play, religion, education, gender, race and ethnicity, and media. Spring semester.

HUMA 280 Japanese Culture and Society – GS 7
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HUMA 335 Popular Aesthetics
An investigation of popular taste as exemplified in various forms of expression and mediums. The inquiry involves folklore, food traditions, consumerism, mass media (print, television, film, computers, audio recording, etc.) and numerous common everyday life experiences. Fall semester.

HUMA 337 Norbertine Origins and Christian Culture – GS 10
This interdisciplinary course draws upon history, religion, philosophy, music and art history. It traces the life of Norbert of Xanten, the founder of the Premonstratensian Order, from his youth, days at court and early clerical career through his “conversion” to a life of prayer and asceticism, the founding of Prémontré and finally his eventful years as Archbishop of Magdeburg. The trajectory of Norbert’s life and the development of a unique Norbertine vision will be examined in relation to many of the developments of St. Norbert’s time: tensions between church and state, feudalism, currents of church reform, changes in spirituality, the growth of towns and cities, the rise of scholasticism and cathedral schools, the Crusades, and developments in music and art – including the transition from Romanesque to Gothic architecture. The course will conclude with a reflection on the arrival and ongoing mission of the Norbertines in Wisconsin. May not be used by majors in history or religious studies to fulfill the requirements of GS 10.

HUMA 360 / WMGS 360 Feminist Theory
This course takes a "sociology of knowledge" approach to the development of feminist theory from the 18th century to the present. The variety of modern and postmodern feminist theories are placed in social, political and historical context. Primary-source examples of each school of thought are read, applied and evaluated. Because feminist thought has been a response to the conditions of women throughout history, women’s oppression at various points in history will be covered. Alternate years.

HUMA 389 Special Topics
This course concentrates on a topic pertinent to the current needs and interests of students. Primarily the focus will be placed on topics which cross disciplinary lines and involve two or more humanities disciplines. Topics will vary and will be announced in the course listings.

HUMA 490 Independent Study
A course allowing instructors and students to explore together topics of special interest.

HUMA 494 Internship
An academic internship for credit involves the application of disciplinary or interdisciplinary concepts to work experience and includes a very specific academic component, which is detailed and agreed to by all parties in advance of the internship experience. The academic focus of the internship for credit should be woven through the internship experience in a meaningful way under the expert guidance of the faculty member. Prerequisite: junior/senior standing.