Rethink How You See the World

Our Humanities undergraduate degree program is a unique bachelor’s degree completion program that studies the religions, cultures, histories and inventions of different civilizations from ancient to modern times.

  • Sharpen your skills in critical analysis, improve your public speaking skills, and expand your global awareness.
  • Discover how people over time have fathomed the cosmos, organized their communities, defined their identities, and developed relationships with others beyond their borders.
  • Study patterns of daily life, the work of women as well as men, the role of leadership and authority, the clash of cultures, the development of global trade, the unending wars over religions and resources and the birth of our modern intellectual movements.

Our Humanities undergraduate degree program prepares you for graduate study in law, history, literature, philosophy, journalism, religious studies, political science or international relations.

HUMANITIES MAJOR
General Education Requirements (18 cr)

  • GNED-3210 Experience and Expression (3)
  • GNED-3250 Modes and Methods of Learning (3)
  • GNED-3310 Literary Analysis and Argumentation (3)
  • GNED-3350 Culture, Conflict, and Social Research (3)
  • GNED-3510 Ecology, Technology, and Society (3)
  • GNED-3550 Leadership (3)

Major Requirements (36 cr)
Classics Curriculum (5 courses = 30 cr)

  • HUM-3011 Ancient Civilizations: Africa to Asia (6)
  • HUM-3021 Greek and Roman Civilization (6)
  • HUM-3031 Jewish, Christian and Islamic Heritage (6)
  • HUM-3041 Medieval Europe and the Renaissance (6)
  • HUM-3051 Colonialism, Capitalism & the Modern World (6)

One elective (3 cr)

  • COM-3570 Short Story Writing (3)
  • COM-3580 Playwriting and Performance (3)
  • COM-3650 Multi-Genre Writing (3)
  • COM-3700 Professional Writing (3)
  • HIS-3500 US History (3)
  • HIS-3000 Ohio History (3)
  • LIT-4320 Literature of the Americas (3)
  • LIT-4500 Contemporary Theory Criticism (3)
  • LIT-4520 American Literature (3)
  • LIT-4620 English Literature (3)
  • LIT-4650 Shakespeare (3)

Senior Project (3 cr)

  • PRO-4970 Senior Project (3)

GNED-3210 Experience and Expression

Students discover the uniqueness of each human life by reading, comparing and comparing life stories about transformative experiences. They learn to write in their own voice from their own life experience employing rhetorical modes such as narration, description, example, comparison and contrast, process analysis, classification, cause and effect, and argument and persuasion. Students develop a new view of the world, of themselves, and of their interconnectedness to others.

GNED-3250 Modes & Methods of Learning

This course shows ways to identify and apply diverse modes of learning to achieve ends such as acquiring knowledge of self and world, solving problems, producing works of art, or engaging in public speaking. Students learn to distinguish facts from values, intuition from logic, imagination from objective  representation, beliefs from arguments, synthesis from analysis, and qualitative from quantitative reasoning. They practice self-awareness and employ evidence and logic as foundations of inquiry.

GNED-3310 Literary Analysis & Argument

Students travel the world in literature to explore ideas, passions, and the lives of people in other times and places. Discussions focus on viewpoints and aims of characters, narrative techniques, cultural contexts, and intentionality in reading and writing. Students refine their ability to read closely and critically and to analyze literary texts using a variety of academic approaches. They learn both how to construct analytical arguments about literary themes and how this skill can be transferred to other professional situations. Prerequisite: GNED-3210.

GNED-3350 Culture, Conflict & Social Research

Introduces students to the historic and cultural origins of contemporary conflicts and the attitudes and institutions that perpetuate them. They learn methods of research that can effectively address the issues and questions that arise in conflict situations. Students learn how to pose productive questions, formulate hypotheses, design logical and effective research strategies, address issues of reliability and validity, and observe ethical protocols. They each conduct and compose a modest research project and make an oral presentation according to professional standards. Prerequisite: GNED-3250.

GNED-3450 Foundations of Civilization

This course focuses on understanding differences between cultures and civilizations, including how both evolve from specific environmental conditions, and are shaped to address local challenges. This course examines the religious, economic, and political systems in such foundational zones as ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, India and China, and Greece and Rome.

GNED-3510 Ecology, Technology & Society

This course explores the interdependency of natural and social systems, the factors that contribute to the evolution and disappearance of species, and the human impact on natural environments by factors such as overpopulation, pollution, war, and excess consumption. It also examines more sustainable initiatives in waste management, and agricultural production, the use of alternative energies and technologies, and policy efforts to both conserve natural resources and ecosystems and build more sustainable communities.

GNED-3550 Leadership

 The course explores the concept of Leadership as science, as art, and as service. In the process of studying cases of successful and failed leadership the course requires students to reflect on how to make their lives meaningful and productive through the cultivation and exercise of leadership skills. They learn how to employ creative means to achieve constructive ends and how, in the process, to serve with integrity as they draw upon the capacities of diverse human resources and deploy the skills of community building.

HUM-3011 Ancient Civilizations: Africa to Asia

An exploration of the daily lives of people of antiquity, their worldviews and methods of social and political organization, their discoveries, inventions and creations in literature, science, and spiritual practice, and ways in which we can derive inspiration from their cultures and histories.

HUM-3021 Greek and Roman Civilization

This course explores the historical and cultural evolution of classical Greece and Rome through the epics, dramas, histories and philosophies that both reflected and shaped the minds and events from the Classical world. Students consider how reason and observation came to challenge Greek mythological thinking and how the Roman Empire rose to dominance throughout the Mediterranean world. The golden age of Greece is compared with the achievement of the Romans and students learn of the influence of both on the founding fathers and philosophies of the American Republic.

HUM-3031 Jewish, Christian and Islamic Heritage

In addition to learning about the main themes of the sacred scriptures, students explore the diverse ways scholars have interpreted the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament, and the Qurâan. They explore how Judaism and Christianity took institutional shape and diversified over time. They view the Islamic world from the inside, examine its contributions to European civilization during the early Renaissance, and assess contemporary tensions and prejudices between the Muslim peoples and the West.

HUM-3041 Medieval Europe and the Renaissance

Study daily life, literature and philosophy of Europe from the medieval period through the Renaissance, Reformation and Enlightenment. Themes include the rise of chivalry, cult of Mary, the Crusades, formation of trading cities, emergence of new merchant class, the Inquisition, religious wars, tension between faith and reason, the rebirth of the scientific spirit, and the initial encounters with the new world. Students study selections of the great literature and philosophy that expressed the dynamic changes taking place during this period and left its lasting legacy.

HUM-3051 Colonialism, Capitalism & the Modern World

Students explore the impact of colonial contacts between Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia, the rise of revolutionary modes of thinking which challenged all forms of inherited dogma, oppression and exploitation. Exploration of major classics of literature, philosophy and history reveals the expanding power of the human mind, a new freedom of expression, questions of justice (in relation to conquest, slavery, and industrialization), the gradual emancipation women, and the emergence of democracy, socialism, evolutionism, utilitarianism, fascism, relativism, existentialism, and the many independence movements from African to Asia.

COM-3570 Short Story Writing

Through this course, students will gain appreciation for the short story form through writing their own stories as well as through analyzing short story literature. Students will be expected to create a well-crafted short story by doing multiple drafts, which will provide experience in developing story ideas, characters, plot, setting, theme and dialogue as well as in story writing techniques such as pace, voice, tension, and description that can be applied to creating fiction of any length.

COM-3580 Playwriting and Performance

 Students will develop their understanding of the basic principles of play construction and acting. They will do so by acting out monologues and dialogues written by published playwrights, and by acting out their own written materials. By the end of the course, the class should have written and performed at least one play for an invited audience.

COM-3650 Multi-Genre Writing

This course is an introduction to the basic processes that underlie most creative writing, regardless of genre. It serves as a first experience for those who have never tried to write a poem, fiction, or play, and as a vital reminder of the primal bases of the experience for those who have written. Students will develop their competencies in several different genres of writing, and will also learn how to mix genres to enhance whatever they are working on.

COM-3700 Professional Writing

This course will help prepare students for writing as a profession. Students will do hands-on editing work, and will work with publishers and academics to refine their writings.

HIS-3500 US History

This course covers the history of contact between European immigrants and Native Americans, the rise of the institution of slavery and its opposition, the American Revolution, and the Civil War. It also includes the period of Reconstruction, the impact of the Industrial Revolution, the perennial conflicts of class and ethnicity, and epic movements for greater civil rights and personal freedom.

HIS-3000 Ohio History

This course traces the early geographical history of Ohio, the settlement by various Native American tribes, the economic, social and political life of these tribes. Students study the impact of European migration, the impact of abolitionism and the Civil War, and developments in both agriculture and industry.

LIT-4320 Literature of the Americas

 This course is a study of representative works of fiction from Canada, the United States, and Latin America, including the Caribbean. The novel as a literary form and as a means of presenting cultural history and national identity are primary focuses. Fiction of the 20th century is emphasized, and novels of literary quality are highlighted. Students learn to analyze novels from a number of perspectives.

LIT-4500 Contemporary Theory Criticism

 This course introduces some of the most penetrating and challenging contemporary theories which are currently applied to the analysis of literary texts: e.g., Marxism, psychoanalytic theories, structuralism, phenomenology, feminism, deconstructionist, and post-colonial cultural studies. Emphasis will be placed on how these theories can open up complementary ways of understanding and interpreting texts.

LIT 4520 American Literature

The literature in this course spans both the history of the U.S. and the cultural diversity of writers, both male & female. Within this broad frame, students read works which embody characteristic American themes such as conflicts over race, the struggle for equality, the pursuit of individual freedom, the questions of truth and destiny, the role of religious belief in a secular world, and the emergence of a multi-ethnic society. Students will discuss the distinctiveness of American contributions to world literature.

LIT 4620 English Literature

This course surveys the literature of the British Isles from the late eighteenth century to the modern day. It explores trends such as Romanticism, Imagism and Formalism, while addressing such themes as individual freedom, alienation, industrialism, the changing role of the family, and the impact of Imperialism. This course includes the study of poetry, short stories, short novels, and essays from a representative sample of important modern British authors.

LIT 4650 Shakespeare

This course will examine Shakespeare’s major writings, including his important plays and sonnets. It will also include some biographical information, including some of his personal correspondences, so that students gain insight into the relationship between his personal life and his authorship.  Besides reading Shakespeare’s works, students will also engage in critical research on his writings.

PRO-4970 Senior Project

In this seminar, each student develops and carries out a project relevant to professional goals. The project generally involves background study or research, planning, implementation, evaluation, and preparation of a written report. Instructor permission required.