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IAH 201 United States and the World (D)

Prerequisite

 Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement

Description

 Major issues in development of U.S. society and culture,  presented in international and comparative context. Influences  from native Americans, Europeans, Africans, and Asians.  Organized historically, with thematic emphasis on literature and  the arts.

IAH 202 Europe and the World (I)

Restrictions

 Open to undergraduate students.

Prerequisite

 Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement

Description

 Cultural encounters and political relationships between  Europeans and people(s) from other regions of the world since  1500 as shown through study of written texts, literature, the  visual arts, music, and other forms of expression. Examples from  Europe and several continents.

IAH 203 Latin America and the World (I)

Prerequisite

 Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement

Description

 Major issues in the development of Latin American societies and  cultures, presented in global perspective. Influences from  indigenous peoples, Europeans, Africans, and others. Organized  thematically and historically, through study of written texts,  literature, and the arts.

IAH 204 Asia and the World (I)

Prerequisite

 Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement

Description

 Major issues in the development of Asian societies and cultures  and their interaction with other regions of the world since 1600.  Topics from East, Southeast, and South Asia. Organized  thematically and historically, through study of written texts, the  arts, and other forms of expression.

IAH 205 Africa and the World (I)

Prerequisite

 Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement

Description

 Major issues in the development of African societies and their  interaction with other regions of the world since 600 through  study of written texts, the arts and other forms of expression.  Topics from West, East, North, and Southern Africa. Organized  thematically and historically.

IAH 206 Self, Society, and Technology (D)

Prerequisite

 Completion of Tier I writing requirement.

Restrictions

 Open to undergraduate students.

Description

 Exploration in how technology affects and is affected by our  conceptions of ourselves, relations with others, and our ideals.  Approaches and materials from philosophy, literature, art, music,  and history as well as the natural sciences.

IAH 207 Literatures, Cultures, Identities (I)

Prerequisite

 Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement

Description

 Explorations in how literature reflects, creates, and challenges  cultural and individual identities. Approaches and materials from  literature, philosophy, the arts, religion, and history. Selected  themes and issues, variable by term.

IAH 208 Music and Culture (I)

Prerequisite

 Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement

Description

 Relationships between music and culture. Organized historically,  geographically, or thematically, through study of written texts,  music, the visual arts, and other forms of expression. Selected  topics, variable by term in content and approach.

IAH 209 Art, the Visual, and Culture (D)

Prerequisite

 Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement

Description

 Exploration of art and visual culture in historical and cultural  contexts. Reading and analysis of images. Approaches and  materials from art history, anthropology, history, literature,  philosophy, religious studies, economics, and natural science in  cross-cultural and international perspective. Content variable by  term.

IAH 210 Middle East and the World (I)

Prerequisite

 Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement

Description

 Major issues in the development of Middle Eastern societies and  cultures, presented in global perspective. Influences from  European, Africans, Asians, and others. Organized thematically  and historically, though study of written texts, literature, and the  arts.

IAH 211A Area Studies and Multicultural Civilizations: Africa (I)

Prerequisite

 (IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH  206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 201  and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

Description

 Arts and humanities of Africa: literature, art, music, religion and  philosophy presented in historical context. Selected regions,  cultures, and themes. Variable by term.

IAH 211B Area Studies and Multicultural Civilizations: Asia (I)

Prerequisite

 (IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH  206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 201  and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

Description

 Arts and humanities of Asia: literature, visual arts, music, religion  and philosophy presented in historical context. Selected regions,  cultures, and themes. Variable by term.

IAH 211C Area Studies and Multicultural Civilizations: The Americas (D)

Prerequisite

 (IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH  206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 201  and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

Description

 Arts and humanities of the Americas: literature, visual arts,  music, religion and philosophy presented in historical context.  Selected regions, cultures, and themes. Variable by term.

IAH 211D Area Studies and Multicultural Civilizations: The Middle East (I)

Prerequisite

 (IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH  206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 201  and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

Description

Arts and humanities of the Middle East: literature, visual arts,  music, religion and philosophy presented in historical context.  Themes variable by term.

IAH 221A Great Ages: The Ancient World (I)

Prerequisite

 (IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH  206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 201  and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

Description

 Arts and humanities of the ancient world examined through the  frame of urban and intellectual life. Literature, visual arts, music,  religion and philosophy presented in historical context. Selected  regions and themes. Variable by term.

IAH 221B Great Ages: The Medieval and Early Modern Worlds (I)

Prerequisite

 (IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH  206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 201  and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

Description

 Arts and humanities of the medieval and early modern worlds:  literature, visual arts, music, religion and philosophy presented  in historical context. Selected themes. Variable by term.

IAH 221C Great Ages: The Modern World (I)

Prerequisite

 (IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH  206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 201  and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

Description

 Arts and humanities of the modern world, examined through the  frame of urban and intellectual life. Literature, visual arts, music,  religion and philosophy presented in historical context. Selected  regions and themes. Variable by term.

IAH 231A Themes and Issues: Human Values and the Arts and Humanities (D)

Prerequisite

 (IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH  206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 201  and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

Description

 Values of individualism, responsibility, love, community, and  rationality. Students are introduced to diverse methods and  materials from the arts and humanities.

IAH 231B Themes and Issues: Moral Issues and the Arts and Humanities (D)

Prerequisite

 (IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH  206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 201  and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

Description

 Human conflict and moral dilemmas, addressed through diverse  methods and materials from the arts and humanities.

IAH 231C Themes and Issues: Roles of Language in Society (D)

Prerequisite

 (IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH  206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 201  and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

Description

 Language as the medium of culture in various societies. Power  and social identity as manifested through language. Students  are introduced to diverse methods and materials from the arts  and humanities.

IAH 241A Creative Arts and Humanities: Music and Society in the Modern World (D)

Prerequisite

 (IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH  206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 201  and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

Description

 The arts and humanities of the modern world through the prism  of music. Music traditions and methodologies in their historic  context. Relationship of music creativity to societies in which it  has been produced.

IAH 241B Creative Arts and Humanities: Philosophy in Literature (D)

Prerequisite

 (IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH  206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 201  and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

Description

 Philosophy and literature, relationships to each other and to  societies in which they were produced. Themes such as the  meaning of life, God and the problem of evil, and the nature of  knowledge. Authors such as Voltaire, Dostoevsky, Wright, and  Atwood examined from a variety of perspectives.

IAH 241C Creative Arts and Humanities: Cultural and Artistic Traditions of Europe (I)

Prerequisite

 (IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH  206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 201  and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

Description

 European artistic and cultural movements and styles, introduced  through works of art, music, literature, philosophy, and religion.  Presented in historical context. Specific eras and works variable  by term.

IAH 241D Creative Arts and Humanities: Theater and Society in  the West (I)

Prerequisite

 (IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH  206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 201  and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

Description

 Artistic creativity seen through the prism of theater, presented  in historical context. Influences from art, literature, music, and  religion. Focus on translation of social visions into dramatic art.  Plays and themes variable by term.

IAH 241E Creative Arts and Humanities: The Creative Process  (D)

Prerequisite

 (IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH  206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 201  and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

Description

 Philosophical, religious and historical foundations for  understanding the process of creation in visual arts, theatre,  music, and literature. Variations across eras and societies.

IAH 241F Creative Arts and Humanities: Traditions in World Art (I)

Prerequisite

 (IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH  206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 201  and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

Description

 Aesthetic qualities of painting, sculpture, and architecture within  historical contexts across major civilizations. Visual forms in  relation to belief systems and musical and literary traditions.