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Humanities (H) Courses


Humanities (H) courses concentrate on the expression, analysis and interpretation of ideas and the aesthetics or values that have formed and informed individuals and societies; and emphasize diversity in the expression of human ideas and aesthetic or cultural values. Goals of “H” courses are to prepare students to critically analyze the relationships of aesthetics, ideas, or cultural values to historic and contemporary cultures; develop an understanding of how ideas, events, arts or texts shape diverse individual identities; and demonstrate their understanding through written work that provides them the opportunity to enhance their writing skills.

 

Requirements


 

  1. Students will critically analyze the relationships of aesthetics, ideas, or cultural values to historic and contemporary cultures. 
  2. Students will develop an understanding of how ideas, events, arts, or texts shape diverse individual identities. 
  3. Students will demonstrate their understanding through written work that provides them the opportunity to enhance their writing skills; upper division “H’ courses will include extensive written work. 
    1. Writing assignments must be weighted in the grading scheme such that students are discouraged from skipping the assignment (i.e. writing assignments are worth a minimum of 10% of the overall grade). 
    2. The minimum required number of pages may be encompassed in one or multiple assignment/s. Informal writing assignments (like journals or class notes) and group projects will not count toward writing minimum. Multiple drafts of the same work cannot be counted twice in the cumulative page minimum. 
    3. Lower-division courses must include at least five pages of out-of-class written assignments or essays. 
    4. Upper-division courses must include at least ten pages of out-of-class written assignments or essays. Instructors must provide feedback that students can incorporate in subsequent writing assignments (by revising and resubmitting a single assignment or submitting multiple assignments). At least one writing assignment must be at least 4 pages in length. * Courses focused on studio work, design, performance, or individual creative production are not eligible for “H” designations.
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