Humanities (HUMN)

HUMN1051  INTRODUCTION TO ART & ARCHITECTURE (CPCE)  

Art and Architecture reflect culture and technology, and represent significant career possibilities. Through readings, guest lectures, and field trips, students will explore outstanding examples in Boston, make critical reports, and develop skills for success in Architectural Technology at Wentworth. Prerequisite: ENGL1050 (3 credits)

HUMN3100  ROMAN CULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY  

An introduction to how the Romans developed technological, institutional, and cultural solutions to meet the social and political demands of their empire, and to how Roman architectural, informational, engineering, and social accomplishments continue to be manipulated and reinterpreted because of their foundational influence on American culture. Prerequisites: Completion of an English Sequence (4 credits)

HUMN3800  SPECIAL TOPICS IN HUMANITIES  

Special topics in humanities to be determined by the faculty assigned. These courses present topics that are not covered by existing courses and are likely to change from semester to semester. Refer to the semester schedule for the courses offered that semester. Contact the faculty assigned for more information about the course topic. Prerequisite: Completion of an English Sequence (1 - 4 credits)

HUMN4011  AMERICAN CINEMA & CULTURE (CPCE)  

This course deals with the historical development of American film and the film industry. Particular attention is given to the relationship between films and American culture. Prerequisite: ENGL1050 and ENGL2050 (3 credits)

HUMN4051  MEDIA CULTURE & COMMUNICATIONS  

This course serves as an introduction to the theory and practice of Media, Culture and Communication Studies. Students will explore and critically examine, from a humanities perspective, our technologically mediated culture as it impacts society, and they will consider their own social, cultural, ethical, legal and philosophical roles and responsibilities as media content producers and consumers. Students will explore a variety of digital tools and techniques for analyzing texts, assessing problems, and communicating results. Prerequisite: Completion of an English sequence (4 credits)

HUMN4053  MCCS STUDIO  

The increasing importance assumed by digital technologies in contemporary culture has given rise to new forms of critical and creative thinking, new ways to assess and organize humanistic knowledge, and new forms of communication. In this course, students interpret the cultural and social impact of the new information age, and create and apply new technologies to answer cultural, social, ethical and historical questions, both traditionally conceived and those enabled by even changing technologies. Students will work in small groups and apply various tools and strategies used by tech-savvy humanists to interpret history and culture within a collaborative, studio-based environment. Content of this course is variable by instructor and semester and may be repeated, with different content, for credit. Prerequisite: Completion of an English Sequence (4 credits)

HUMN4055  BOSTON VOYAGES BY BOOK & FOOT  

This course will explore the history and culture of Boston through its literature, its citizens, its environment, and its civic and political events. It will examine the sites associated with the readings and sites featured in the texts along with the texts themselves. There will be visits to places of interest including but not limited to the Back Bay, the North and West Ends, and some of the city's smaller museums and green spaces. The investigation of these local sites will aid in making connections between Boston and the larger human community. Prerequisite: Completion of an English sequence (4 credits)

HUMN4200  ROMAN CULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY  

An introduction to how the Romans developed technological, institutional, and cultural solutions to meet the social and political demands of their empire, and to how Roman architectural, informational, engineering, and social accomplishments continue to be manipulated and reinterpreted because of their foundational influence on American culture. Prerequisites: Completion of an English sequence (4 credits)

HUMN4221  AMERICAN CINEMA AND AMERICAN CULTURE  

This course will examine selected critical American films as reflections of and products of American culture. The impact of certain particularly American themes on these films will be explored, both in an historical and artistic context. Prerequisite: Completion of an English sequence (4 credits)

HUMN4225  TELEVISION STUDIES  

This course examines television from a cultural, historical, technological, commercial, and critical perspective, especially as the medium has developed from broadcasting to narrow casting. The primary outcome of this course is for students to progress from a consumer to a critical interaction with television. Prerequisite: completion of an English sequence (4 credits)

HUMN4230  STANDUP COMEDY IN AMERICA  

In this course students will study the development of standup comedy in the twentieth-century America, specifically examining the intersections between standup performance and race, ethnicity, sex, class, and gender, among other subjects. Throughout the course students will study historical backdrops against which standup comedy was written and performed and analyze the influence of the standup tradition on American discourse and identity. Prerequisite: Completion of an English Sequence (4 credits) fall

HUMN4233  DECONSTRUCTING THE 20TH CENTURY  

In the second half of the 20th century, something shifted in the American culture. This shift marked the post-WWII progression from modernity to post-modernity, which was widely reflected by changes in society, culture, and art. This course offers an accessible survey of the cultural, critical, technological, economic, and aesthetic foundations of postmodernism. We will particularly examine the postmodern challenge to traditional ideas of progress, authority, authenticity, knowledge, power, and language with its playful mixing of forms and high and low culture. We will progress through the course with a central question that asks if a positive pragmatic potential can be detected within the postmodern sensibility. Prerequisite: completion of an English sequence (4 credits)

HUMN4241  GRAPHIC NOVEL TO FILM  

The graphic novel has blossomed as an art form. In addition, it has proven to be a fruitful source for cinema. This course will examine the graphic novel as an art form and as inspiration for film. What is the graphic novel? How does one "read" a graphic novel "critically?" When does it successfully translate to film and why? What does this teach us about film and about the graphic novel's visual content? These questions will guide us as we study several significant graphic novels and their film versions. Prerequisite: Completion of an English sequence (4 credits)

HUMN4243  CONTEMPORARY ART & THEORY  

This course examines some of the major theoretical positions and developments informing contemporary (post-WWII) art. The aim of the course is to develop an understanding of contemporary visual culture in relation to social history and human experience, and a basic understanding of aesthetic theory, philosophy and criticism and its importance to contemporary art practices. Prerequisite: Completion of an English sequence (4 credits)

HUMN4245  TRANSCENDENTAL VISIONS  

This course examines American Transcendentalism, the literary movement that emerged over the nineteenth century in protest to the intellectual, cultural, and national status quo. We will examine the canonical authors of the period, including Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Hawthorne, Melville, and Poe, to establish the period’s continuities. Additionally, we will examine writers like Blackhawk, Margaret Fuller, Frederick Douglas, Harriet Wilson, and Rebecca Harding Davis to tease out its contradictions. Along the way, we will interact with modern day culture to consider how this early American narrative tradition holds contextual meaning as well as contemporary resonance. Prerequisite: Completion of an English sequence (4 credits)

HUMN4263  ART & SOCIETY IN THE INDUSTRIAL AGE  

This course will primarily explore 19th century art in Europe with a look at the United States, from the perspective of their evolving modernity. The significance of the Industrial Revolution and the ensuing political upheavals of both continents will be closely studied through the visual imagery of artistic production. Further, the impact of emerging art theory will be analyzed by reading primary sources in the way of the artists' personal manifestos alongside contemporary critiques of the day. Prerequisite: Completion of an English sequence (4 credits)

HUMN4265  THE AMERICAN DREAM  

An examination of that which is unique in the American experience as expressed in literature. This course will provide the student with a profile of the American character as portrayed in the national literature. The focus will be upon political, religious, and economic roots which illuminate the past and make the present more comprehensible. Prerequisite: Completion of an English sequence (4 credits)

HUMN4275  MYTH AMERICA: FROM COLONIES TO CULTURE WARS  

This course is a survey of American art from the pre-colonial period to the present. American art production will be evaluated for both its aesthetic value and as a historical document. Prerequisite: Completion of an English sequence (4 credits)

HUMN4325  FROZEN! THE CLIMATE CRISIS OF 1816  

This course engages with climate science and sustainability by looking back to the largest volcanic explosion in recorded history., the eruption of Mt. Tambora in April of 1815. The course examines the ensuing worldwide climate disaster from many perspectives: literature, history, art, music, mathematics, chemistry, physics and architecture. By connecting that crisis of global cooling with our own crisis of planetary warming, students come to understand that climate is not just a data set; climate is also a discourse with a cultural history that can be revealed through humanistic inquiry. Prerequisite: completion of an English sequence (4 credits)

HUMN4343  RENAISSANCE TO ROMANTICISM  

An examination of the impact of globalization on a broad range of art communities in an effort to understand how expanded international connections have yielded re-definitions of cultural and national identity. Prerequisite: Completion of an English sequence (4 credits)

HUMN4345  HISTORY OF AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC  

This course covers the history of American folk music from the work songs and spirituals of the 17th and 18th centuries to the folk revival of the 1960's. Numerous musical genres and traditions will be covered including gospel, minstrelsy, blues, ragtime, country, and bluegrass within various social, cultural, and political contexts. Matters of race, class, and gender will be given particular emphasis. Prerequisite: Completion of an English sequence (4 credits)

HUMN4355  BOSTON VOYAGES BY BOOK & FOOT  

This course will explore the history and culture of Boston through its literature, its citizens, its environment, and its civic and political events. It will examine the sites associated with the readings and sites featured in the texts along with the texts themselves. There will be visits to places of interest including but not limited to the Back Bay, the North and West Ends, and some of the city's smaller museums and green spaces. The investigation of these local sites will aid in making connections between Boston and the larger human community. Prerequisite: Completion of an English sequence (4 credits) fall, spring, summer

HUMN4373  SHAKESPEARE ON FILM  

This course will examine several of Shakespeare's plays as literature and then how these plays have been brought to film, both in their historic and artistic contexts. In the course of this examination, the nature of film, the nature of artistic interpretation, the significance of audience response and the significance of authorial intent will be considered. Prerequisite: Completion of an English sequence (4 credits)

HUMN4401  CLASSICAL WORLD ON FILM  

An introduction to the depiction and meaning of the classical world in films with a focus on critical cinematic analysis. The course explores how interpretations of the classical world have changed over the last century and how technology and mass communication have affected such developments through the medium of film. Prerequisite: Completion of an English sequence (4 credits)

HUMN4501  9/11 LITERATURE AND FILM  

An exploration of how fiction and non-documentary film have addressed September 11, with particular emphasis on how works in these genres have portrayed the events of the day, the impact of the day on the United States and the world, and the mindset of the terrorists. Prerequisite: Completion of an English sequence (4 credits)