Course Descriptions

103: Lives and Times -- 3 credits

This introductory course explores the interaction of major historical figures with their cultural milieu through a study of works that have cultural or historical importance. top

197: Myth, Legend, and History -- 3 credits

This course studies the ways that people talk about their past through myths, legends, and history, by focusing on subjects such as the Trojan War, King Arthur, Joan of Arc, and the sinking of the Titanic, among others. top

203: Asian Influence on Western Culture -- 3 credits

An introduction to the cultures of India, China, and Japan through their influence on western writers, thinkers, and artists. Texts include books about the East written by westerners and also translations of Asian literature. top

212: High Society -- 3 credits

A social and cultural history of the European aristocracy and monarchy, from the Middle Ages to the present. top

242: Art and Culture -- 3 credits

This course studies the relationship of art and culture during selected stages of western civilization. top

261: Mythology -- 3 credits

A study of myth in literature, painting, and sculpture. Taught in Rome. top

292: Readings in Greek and Roman Culture -- 3 credits

This course looks at the main elements of Greek and Roman culture through a variety of works, historical, philosophical, and literary. Special attention is paid to the role of women in Greek and Roman society. top

321: Cultural History I: Medieval Culture -- 3 credits

A study of the institutions, events, ideas, and people that shaped western culture from the fall of Rome to the late Middle Ages, including monasticism, the conversion of Europe, the feudal world, the discord between church and state, the rise of royal government, and the twelfth-century cultural revolution. top

322: Cultural History II: Renaissance & Reformation -- 3 credits

A study of the intellectual, religious, political, and social developments that marked the transition from the unified world view of medieval Christendom to the new movements of Renaissance humanism and religious Reformation. top

323: Colloquium I -- 3 credits

Selected readings in medieval literature, including Augustine's Confessions, St. Benedict's Rule for Monasteries, The Song of Roland, Laxdaela Saga, Abelard's and Heloise's Letters, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. top

324: Colloquium II -- 3 credits

Selected readings in Renaissance and Reformation literature, including Dante's Divine Comedy, Petrarch's Secretum Meum, Boccaccio's Decameron, Castiglione's Book of the Courtier, Erasmus' Praise of Folly, More's Utopia, and Cellini's Autobiography. top

334: Art and Culture -- 2 credits

This course studies the relationship of art and culture during selected stages of western civilization. top

390 / 490: Special Topics -- 1-3 credits

Topics not covered in regular departmental offerings. May be repeated for credit with a different topic. top

461: Cultural History III: Absolutism, Enlightenment, and Revolution -- 3 credits

A study of the people, events, and ideas that shaped European society from the Elizabethan Age to the Napoleonic Empire. top

462: Cultural History IV: The Modern World-- 3 credits

A study of European culture since Napoleon, with emphasis on new ideologies, political and social revolutions, the World Wars, and the twenty-first-century world view. top

463: Colloquium III -- 3 credits

Selected literature of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including Shakespeare's Othello, Pascal's Pensées, Montaigne's Essays, de Lafayette's Princesse de Clêves, Pope's Essay on Man, Voltaire's Candide, and Goethe's Sorrows of Young Werther. top

464: Colloquium IV -- 3 credits

Selected literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including various Romantic poets, Turgenev's Fathers and Sons, Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents, Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, Camus's The Plague, Larsen's Quicksand, and Kundera's Unbearable Lightness of Being. top

497: Independent Study -- 1-3 credits

Independent study for outstanding students. Permission of the instructor required. top

499: Internship -- 1-3 credits

Practical experience in a field related to Humanistic Studies. Permission of the department required. top