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American Humanities
AMERICAN HUM
CLASS CODE: HUM 266 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: LANGUAGE & LETTERS
DEPARTMENT: HUMANITIES & PHILOSOPHY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This survey course examines American art, architecture, music, literature, and film within a historical context. Students encounter the greatest American cultural achievements and discover the diverse influences that molded the arts in America.
DESCRIPTION: From pre-Colonial times to the present, this course examines American art, architecture, music and literature within a historical context.
TOPICS: Discussions include-but are not limited to-Art/Architecture: Defining the American Identity through Art and Architecture, Manifest Destiny, American Renaissance, America's Contribution to Modern Art; Music: Music in Early North America, The Growth of Popular Traditions, Music for Theater and Film, Tradition and Innovation in Concert Music; Literature: The New World and Its Nature, Public Discourse and the Formation of a National Character, Defining the American Intellect, Slavery and the Achievement of Selfhood.
OBJECTIVES: "In Search of the American Identity" is the theme for the course. As such, selected key works, drawn from America's rich visual arts, musical, and literary traditions, are considered in their influential role of both shaping and reflecting America's unique cultural identity.
REQUIREMENTS: Grading is based on in-class presentations, short papers, exams, and quizzes (including art and music identification), together with daily preparedness and participation.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001