First-Level Courses

Prerequisite: Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement


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.

Prerequisite: Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement

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.

Prerequisite: Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement

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.

Prerequisite: Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement

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.

Prerequisite: Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement

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.

Prerequisite: Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement

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.

Prerequisite: Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement

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.

Prerequisite: Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement

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.

Prerequisite: Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement

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.

Prerequisite: Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement

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.

Second-Level Courses

Prerequisite: (one course from IAH 201 – IAH 210) or (RCAH 201 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

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

Prerequisite: (one course from IAH 201 – IAH 210) or (RCAH 201 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

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

Prerequisite: (one course from IAH 201 – IAH 210) or (RCAH 201 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

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.

Prerequisite: (one course from IAH 201 – IAH 210) or (RCAH 201 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

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

Prerequisite: (one course from IAH 201 – IAH 210) or (RCAH 201 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

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.

Prerequisite: (one course from IAH 201 – IAH 210) or (RCAH 201 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

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.

Prerequisite: (one course from IAH 201 – IAH 210) or (RCAH 201 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

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.

Prerequisite: (one course from IAH 201 – IAH 210) or (RCAH 201 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

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

Prerequisite: (one course from IAH 201 – IAH 210) or (RCAH 201 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

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

Prerequisite: (one course from IAH 201 – IAH 210) or (RCAH 201 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

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.

Prerequisite: (one course from IAH 201 – IAH 210) or (RCAH 201 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

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.

Prerequisite: (one course from IAH 201 – IAH 210) or (RCAH 201 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

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.

Prerequisite: (one course from IAH 201 – IAH 210) or (RCAH 201 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

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.

Prerequisite: (one course from IAH 201 – IAH 210) or (RCAH 201 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

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.

Prerequisite: (one course from IAH 201 – IAH 210) or (RCAH 201 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

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

Prerequisite: (one course from IAH 201 – IAH 210) or (RCAH 201 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)

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. 

The arts and humanities through the prism of film. Integration of perspectives from literature, visual arts, music, religion, philosophy. Introduction to diverse methods and materials from the arts and humanities for thinking about film and how it engages various perspectives from around the world. Selected themes. Variable by term.