The interdisciplinary Humanities program courses include the 100-level courses in
the World of Ideas sequence, the FYE Humanities First Year Fellows seminar, as well
as upper-level special topics courses.
World of Ideas Sequence
These courses are intended to increase students’ awareness of basic human values—intellectual,
social, literary, historical, ethical, and artistic—through an examination of the
works and movements throughout history that both shaped and were shaped by Western
Thought. Attention is given to male and female voices that have accepted or rejected
values and assumptions of their time.
The courses move chronologically from antiquity to the present, but each course may
be taken independently. Literature, art, film, music, and philosophy are examined
in their cultural and historical contexts. Courses combine discussion and lecture
with an emphasis on the development of writing skills and both critical and creative
thinking. Students are encouraged to enroll in their freshman or sophomore year.
HUM 101 World of Ideas: The Ancient World (IT)
Introduction to the great thinkers of the ancient world, including sacred and secular
poetry and prose; and to ancient art and architecture. Offered annually. More Information.
HUM 102 World of Ideas: ca. 10th-16th Centuries (IT)
The history of an idea or theme from the Western Middle Ages through the Renaissance.
HUM 103 World of Ideas: 17th-18th Centuries (IT)
The important works and movements of the two centuries leading up to the modern era.
HUM 104 World of Ideas: The Modern Era (IT, G)
Important works and movements of the 19th, 20th, and the 21st Centuries in their historical
and cultural context. Offered annually.
First Year Humanities Fellows Seminar
HUM 120 First-Year Humanities Fellows Seminar
This course will allow First-Year Humanities Fellows to learn through a wide range
of experiences, including attendance at lectures, poetry and fiction readings, performances,
and museum visits. Credit/No Credit. Prerequisites: C- in Gateway and consent of instructor.
(0.5 unit) Offered each spring
HUM 270 Special Topics in the Humanities
Courses under this heading are designed to explore a wide variety of topics in the
humanities that are not covered under any other course number. All texts are in English.
This course may be repeated if the subject matter differs. See current Program of
Classes to determine if this course fulfills general education requirements. Offered
HUM 370 Special Topics in the Humanities
Advanced examination of topics in the humanities. All texts are in English. Work in
original languages, if not English, is allowed, after consultation with the instructor.
Pre-requisite: Gateway Colloquium. This course may be repeated if the subject matter
differs. See current Program of Classes to determine if this course fulfils general
education requirements. Offered occasionally.