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Anthropology Courses

ANT-105: Cultural Anthropology
Anthropologists seek to objectively and systematically understand the human condition by examining not only the origins of the human species, but also the formation and articulation of the social, political, religious, and economic institutions that comprise human cultural systems as well. In other words, the perspective of anthropology is holistic. Moreover, anthropologists do not limit their field of inquiry to studies of contemporary Western societies. Anthropologists explore the multitude of ways in which humans express and experience their existence based on research that is both cross-cultural and evolutionary. It is also true that anthropology forms a genuinely human science through the synthesis of humanistic and natural science concerns. This is evidenced by the major divisions of the field: physical and cultural anthropology. The concerns of the natural sciences are readily perceived in the focus and methodology of physical anthropology, which seeks to understand humans as biological organisms. Conversely, cultural anthropology, comprised of the sub-disciplines of archaeology, linguistics, and ethnology, seeks to understand the human condition by examining how individual cultures have adapted to various social and environmental constraints through time and space. Credits: 3, Prereq: none.

Culture Courses

CLS-159: UC: Indigenous Central America
Explores the ethnographic, political, economic, and historical contexts of contemporary indigenous life in Central America, with particular emphasis on the indigenous people of Guatemala and Mexico. While contemporary culture is the main focus of the course, the theme of continuity and change from the pre-Columbian to the contemporary era will also be examined. Credits: 3, Prereq: none.

CLS-190: Culture and Technology
Introduces students to the relationships between technology and culture through works in the humanities, for example, art, literature, music, philosophy, religion, history, film and anthropology. Credits: 3, Prereq: none.

CLS-192: Communication and Culture
Examines the implications and impacts of various communication media, especially modern ones, on human culture and society. Using tools of historical and cultural studies, as well as the interpretive methods of the humanities, students will explore, for example, how new communications media affect interpersonal relations, self concept, democracy, experiences of space/time and human creativity. Credits: 3, Prereq: none.

Film Courses

HUM-123: U.S. Film History
Tracks the development of film art in the United States from its earliest silent years to the modern era. Identifies and explores the contributions of American filmmakers and the influences of the American film industry and American culture on cinema as an art form. Credits: 3, Prereq: none.

HUM-124: World Film History
Tracks the development of film art in countries other than the United States from the primitive era to the modern era.  Identifies and explores the contributions of major world filmmakers and the influences of the various film industries and cultures as reflected in the films of these specific countries. Credits: 3, Prereq: none.
DRA-116: Film Analysis
Focuses on the methods and technologies of film art.  The emphasis is on analysis of classic narrative films.  Subjects for analysis include narrative structure, segmentation, shot-by-shot breakdown, elements of mise-en-scene and montage, auteurs, genres, production considerations and conventions. Credits: 3, Prereq: none.
DRA-117: Film Topics
Offers in-depth study of various topics in film studies. Some topics offered are the study of genre theory, specific genres, film adaption of literature and drama, moral themes and documentary film.  All film topics will study the relationship between the topic and culture, identify operating principles and relevant contextual forces, and apply these concepts to the study of specific films. Course may be repeated for credit. Credits: 3, Prereq: ENG-105 or ENG-120.

Humanities Courses

HUM-105: Working In America
An introduction to humanities through an interdisciplinary study of work. By examining works in the fine and performing arts, literature, music, philosophy, religion, history and anthropology this course explores human labor in the past, present and future in an attempt to understand how work shapes human nature and culture. Focus will be on the meaning and values of students’ work experiences. Credits: 3, Prereq: none.

HUM-116: Encounters in Humanities
Introduces you to questions and ways of thinking that are common to all the humanities.  You should acquire the skill of reading and interpreting human works and become aware of the rich possibilities of the humanities.  By asking a series of questions about various examples of human activity (literature, philosophy, history, visual arts, music, etc.), this class teaches a method of inquiry for use in understanding and appreciating the humanities. Credits: 3, Prereq: none.

HUM-142: Popular Culture
This course introduces students to the study of popular culture.  It analyzes the ways in which human beings interact with popular culture, both as individuals and as part of the larger society. The course will also examine a wide variety of popular texts to illustrate the ways in which they reflect and perhaps shape cultural values. Through this process, students will develops skills for the critical analysis of advertising, television programs, comic books, interactive multimedia and other forms of popular culture. Credits: 3, Prereq: none.