Humanities

HU 099 Foundations of Reading
3 non-degree credits

Students will develop technical and college-level vocabulary while practicing textbook attack strategies and critical comprehension skills. This course prepares students for HU100 Fundamentals of College Reading. Placement is based upon entrance reading test. The grade for this course will not be calculated into the GPA; however, students who fail this course will be dismissed from the College. (Offered during Pre-Freshmen Summer College Only)
 
HU 100D Fundamentals of College Reading
3 non-degree credits

Students will develop critical thinking and logic skills while improving comprehension and cognition skills through the use of effective reading strategies in preparation for college-level reading assignments in various disciplines. This course provides three college credits which are factored into the GPA. However, these credits are taken in addition to the total credit requirements of the student's major program. Placement is based upon an entrance reading test. Ordinarily, students are expected to complete this course by the end of their first year of college (September to September or January to January). Students who participate in Summer College (August) prior to their first year of school must complete this course by the end of that academic year (May). Students who fail this course twice will be dismissed from the College. (Offered on an as-needed basis)
 
HU 160 Introduction to Philosophy
3 credits (AS)

This course introduces the central problems of philosophy and their cultural and intellectual foundations. It considers solutions proposed by some of the greatest thinkers of the Western philosophical tradition, and some from non-Western traditions as well. The material covered includes selections by both current and historically important philosophers and explores basic questions concerning the scope and limits of human knowledge, the fundamental nature of reality, and the personal and moral dimensions of human existence. The course fulfills the General Education Cultural Literacy requirement. (Offered fall term)
 
HU 165 Critical Thinking: Language and Logic
3 credits (AS)

Students are introduced to and develop a range of critical thinking and reasoning skills necessary for effectively analyzing the assorted claims with which life confronts them. The course covers the basics of informal logic, specific types of argument, common errors in reasoning, and the keys to evaluating and constructing extended arguments. These tools are then applied to a variety of cases in which argument (often poor argument) plays an especially strong role: advertising, the news media, and politics. As a result, students gain skills useful for succeeding in both the college environment as well as that of the broader information society a whole. (Offered spring term)

HU 285 Liberal Studies Internship
3 credits (CS)

The Liberal Studies internship is an elective course that gives Liberal Studies students the opportunity to test career options related to their area of study. The internship includes a set of preliminary class meetings on professional conduct and their connections to liberal arts study. Seminars accompany the internships to allow for exchange of information about students’ internship experiences. The College makes final arrangements for the internship placement and provides transportation when possible. This course does not satisfy General Education or distribution requirements in the HU area. (Arranged)  Prerequisites: A minimum grade of "C" in EN 101 Academic Writing I and CM 121 Effective Speaking, sophomore status, and permission of instructor.
 
HU 301 Environmental Ethics
3 credits (AS)

This course will examine the current theoretical and practical issues contained in the field of environmental ethics. The course explores the diverse responses to the concerns raised by environmental problems, analyzing the ethical underpinnings of a wide variety of perspectives. During the course we will examine such issues as the value of wilderness, our duties to animals and the natural world, obligations to future generations, human relationships to nature, and environmental justice. Prerequisite: EN 201 Academic Writing II.

HU 361 Commitment and Choice
3 credits (AS)

This course serves as an in-depth introduction to practical ethics through the analysis of issues of contemporary moral, cultural, and political concern. Students will encounter a diverse range of views on some of the most contentious issues of the day, identify relevant moral facts and reasons, critically examine their own values, and develop the intellectual and critical skills necessary for both further study as well as for navigating the often tumultuous cultural and moral landscape of today. Prerequisite: EN 201 Academic Writing II. 
 
HU 365 Ethics
3 credits (AS)

Students critically examine the perceptions and explanations of human values as expressed by major philosophers throughout history. Moral and ethical theories, concepts, and ideas that have significantly changed the course of history are analyzed. With these tools, students learn to interpret and evaluate contemporary moral issues and to explore how their own values shape their understanding of experience and history. (Offered fall and spring)  Prerequisite: EN 201 Academic Writing II.
 
HU 375 Methods of Inquiry
3 credits (AS)

This course is designed to increase the student’s understanding of the research process and to enable the student to effectively evaluate research in his or her chosen field of study. The overall objective is to assist the student in developing the multi-faceted skills necessary to become an effective consumer of research. The study is directed toward teaching the student how to evaluate, rather than conduct, research studies. These evaluation skills prepare the student to respond to research presented in journals, professional interaction and the daily communication of information in today’s society. (Offered annually)
 
HU 385 Internship I
6 credits (CS)

Internships consist of off-campus fieldwork based on a learning contract signed by the student, agency supervisor and faculty director. The student participates in internship seminar meetings and an annual group presentation of internship experiences. A written evaluation of the experience is required of the student and agency. The student develops a final report that synthesizes the internship and academic activities. (Arranged)  Prerequisite: CM 301 Speech and Rhetoric.
 
HU 461 Values in the Modern World
3 credits (AS)

In this course students engage in the intensive exploration and study of a single, contemporary issue of pressing social, moral, and philosophical concern. The precise issue varies from section to section. Topics featured in the past include justice and equality, censorship, environmental ethics, technology, and biomedical ethics. (Offered alternate spring terms)  Prerequisite: HU 361 Commitment and Choice or HU 365 Ethics.

HU 465 Ethical Issues in Organizations
3 credits (AS)

Students examine social, political, legal and ethical issues confronting modern professional and commercial organizations. The course focuses in particular on the relationships of organizations to the internal, external, local, national and international environments in which they operate. (Offered fall and spring terms)  Prerequisite: HU 361 Commitment and Choice or HU 365 Ethics.

HU 485 Internship II
3 credits (CS)

Internships consist of off-campus fieldwork based on a learning contract signed by the student, agency supervisor and faculty director. The student participates in internship seminar meetings and an annual group presentation of internship experiences. A written evaluation of the experience is required of the student and agency. The student develops a final report that synthesizes the internship and academic activities. (Arranged)  Prerequisite: HU 385 Internship I.
 
HU 489 Independent Professional Study
3 credits (CS)

This course may take a variety of forms: studio, portfolio, research project, or intense reading and a major paper. Characterized by a mentoral or preceptoral relationship, the course places significant demand on the student’s capacity for independent critical thought. (Arranged) 
 
HU 499 Capstone Seminar in the Humanities
3 credits (AS)

Principally designed for students completing course work in a humanities-oriented area (literature, performing arts, communication), the Capstone Seminar allows students to propose and carry out specific academic projects that build on the knowledge and skills emphasized in previous course work. Projects may be individual or team-based. The course stresses written, oral, and visual communication, problem-solving, setting and achieving specific goals, teamwork, and self-assessment. The overall goal is to prepare for the next stage of students’ education or professional development. The course culminates with a public presentation of the finished project. (Offered fall and spring terms)