Humanities

Humanities is an interdisciplinary study of human thought and culture, such as philosophy, literature, and the arts. Students take humanities courses to explore the discipline and to satisfy general education requirements. With a bachelor's degree in humanities, students pursue careers in education, communication, art, and public relations as well as professional positions in museums, theatres, and art centers.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Anthony Burman

Dean: Dana Smith

www.miracosta.edu/HUMN

Department: Letters, Transfer

Office: Building SAN Admin, 760.634.7876

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Courses

HUMN 101: Introduction to the Arts

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in HUMN 101H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1504.00)

This course introduces students to interdisciplinary humanities. The course explores at least six humanities subjects, such as cinema, dance, music and opera, architecture, theater, literature, painting and other two-dimensional art, and sculpture. An entrée to cultural literacy, this course studies both genres and examples of the arts in an effort to better understand various art forms, the cultures, eras, and styles which they exemplify, and essential elements of our individual humanness, including creativity and a sense of the aesthetic.

HUMN 101H: Introduction to the Arts (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in HUMN 101.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (1504.00)

This honors course introduces highly motivated students to interdisciplinary humanities. The course explores at least six humanities subjects, such as cinema, dance, music and opera, architecture, theater, literature, painting and other two-dimensional art, and sculpture. An entrée to cultural literacy, this course studies both genres and examples of the arts in an effort to better understand various art forms, the cultures, eras, and styles which they exemplify, and essential elements of our individual humanness, including creativity and a sense of the aesthetic. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for HUMN 101 or HUMN 101H.

HUMN 201: Humanities of the Western World: Pre-History Through the Middle Ages

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1504.00)

This course surveys major works, figures, styles, and events in the liberal and fine arts from the Early Mediterranean, Hellenic, Hellenistic, Roman, and Medieval eras. Students will study a wide range of examples of creative genius from such fields as art, literature, music, philosophy, history, theater, and architecture to better understand the past and widen their cultural horizons.

HUMN 202: Humanities of the Western World: The Renaissance to the Twentieth Century

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1504.00)

This course surveys major works, figures, styles, and events in the liberal and fine arts from the Renaissance, Neo-Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras. Students will study a wide range of examples of creative genius from such fields as art, literature, music, philosophy, history, film, theater, and architecture to better understand the past and engage themselves more intelligently in the humanities of today.

HUMN 205: Women in Western Art and Literature

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1504.00)

A survey and examination of the art and literature of western civilization from a feminist theoretical viewpoint, with an emphasis on the construction of gender and the framework of historiography throughout the centuries.

HUMN 250: American Studies

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1504.00)

This course is an interdisciplinary study of American identity as expressed through culture. It explores materials from American philosophy, religion, music, art, architecture, history, and literature. Special attention is given to ideas that have shaped American self-identity and experience in the past and that continue to do so in the present. Survey - roughly 1588 to 1877.

HUMN 251: American Studies

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1504.00)

This course is an interdisciplinary study of American culture. It explores materials from American philosophy, religion, music, art, architecture, history, and literature. Special attention is given to ideas and problems that have shaped American self-identity and experience in the past and that continue to do so in the present. Survey - roughly 1877 to 1989.

HUMN 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

HUMN 296: Topics in Humanities

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours. (1504.00)

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Art that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.

HUMN 298: Directed Study in Humanities

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor and department chair approval and successful completion of 12 units of college work with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Repeatability Rule: May be taken for a total of 3 units.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 9 hours. (1504.00)

This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement.

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