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Cluster Two Course Descriptions

GAMST 200. Introduction to American Studies. 3 credits
This interdisciplinary course examines representations of America and American identity in philosophy, literature and the arts. We investigate conflicts in values and beliefs as shaped by class, gender, race, landscape and “progress.” Students will articulate an informed understanding of their own position in the development of America’s national and international identity.

GANTH 205. Buried Cities and Lost Tribes. 3 credits.

This course takes an archaeological and comparative perspective on the origins of human institutions, including art, architecture, religion, centralized political formations and urban life. The development and collapse of early societies in multiple world regions, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, Mesoamerica and the Andes will be explored.

GART 200. Art in General Culture. 3 credits.
An exploratory course which aims to develop a non-technical, general, cultural understanding of the space arts, such as architecture, painting, sculpture and industrial design. Emphasis is on the contemporary.

GARTH 205. Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance. 3 credits.
An introduction to the art and architecture of the world from cave painting through European pre-Renaissance art. Includes ancient through medieval art in Europe and the Near East as well as Asian and African arts.

GARTH 206. Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern. 3 credits.
An introduction to the art and architecture of the world from the Renaissance through Modern ages. Includes European Renaissance, Baroque, Enlightenment, 19th and 20th centuries as well as Asian and African arts.

GENG 221. Literature/ Culture/Ideas. 3 credits.
This course will take a thematic approach to literature by examining multiple literary texts that engage with a common course theme concerned with the human experience. Themes address cultural, political, social, religious, or philosophical aspect ideas through literature. Specific topics will vary.

GENG 222. Genre(s). 3 credits.
An examination of representative works in a literary genre, in a set of related literary subgenres, or in both a literary genre and one or more closely connected genres in other humanities disciplines.

 GENG 235. Survey of English Literature: From Beowulf to the 18th Century. 3 credits.
A general survey presented chronologically.

GENG 236. Survey of English Literature: 18th Century to Modern. 3 credits.
A general survey presented chronologically.

GENG 239. Studies in World Literature. 3 credits.
Introduction to masterpieces of world literature with emphasis on non-Western literature. (May be focused regionally or topically.)

GENG 247. Survey of American Literature: From the Beginning to the Civil War. 3 credits.
A general survey presented chronologically.

GENG 248. Survey of American Literature: From the Civil War to the Modern Period. 3 credits.
A general survey presented chronologically.

GENG 260. Survey of African-American Literature. 3 credits.
Survey of literature by African-American authors from the 18th century to the present.

GHIST 101. Global Culture to 1650. 3 credits.
A survey of important historical developments from prehistoric times to the mid-17th century. Emphasis is given to the rise and decline of great global civilizations and to their lasting contributions to humanity.

GHIST 102. Global Culture Since 1650. 3 credits.
A survey of important historical developments from the mid-17th century to the present. Emphasis is given to the growth of nationalism, the development of colonialism and to global events, problems and conflicts of the present century.

GHUM 102. God, Meaning and Morality. 3 credits.
A study of the ways in which various communities perceive and understand the basis of knowledge, reality, meaning and purpose, ethics, and aesthetics. Students will explore religious and nonreligious approaches to these issues.

GHUM 200. Great Works. 3 credits.
An intensive examination of great literary works that focus on key issues of knowledge and reality, meaning and purpose, ethics, and aesthetics. Discussion, analysis and intensive writing are required. Texts will vary by section and instructor.

GHUM 250. Foundations of Western Culture. 3 credits.
This course is a study of the roots of our Western tradition in Greek, Roman, Medieval or Renaissance culture. Students examine the interrelationships among history and literary works; the fine arts; philosophical and religious thought and intellectual contexts. Content will vary depending on section and instructor.

GHUM 251. Modern Perspectives. 3 credits.
An interdisciplinary study within the modern period of arts and humanities. Students will examine the interrelationships among history and the arts, philosophy, religion and the intellectual ideas of the time. Topics will vary by section.

GHUM 252. Cross-Cultural Perspectives. 3 credits.
This course is a cross-disciplinary study of a non-Western culture. Students examine the ways people have responded to the human condition from different historical, religious and philosophical positions, and with their own artistic, musical and theatrical expressions. Sections, which vary by instructor, include East-Asian experiences and West-African humanities.

GMUS 200. Music in General Culture. 3 credits.
Designed to increase the student’s perceptual ability in listening to music and to encourage an interest in both familiar and unfamiliar music. Primary study will be on music from the classic, Western heritage. Folk, jazz, popular and non-Western music may also be considered.

GMUS 203. Music in America. 3 credits.
Knowledge and skills to increase the student’s perceptual ability in music listening with a survey of American music; examining relationships between popular and classical music styles.

GMUS 206. Introduction to Global Music. 3 credits.
A survey of various world music traditions, including those of Asia, the Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Americas. The course will focus on aesthetics, musical forms and styles, and the relationship between music and other arts. Emphasis will be placed on historical, religious, and cultural events and their influence on the creation and development of music.

GPHIL 101. Introduction to Philosophy. 3 credits.
An introduction to the basic problems and concepts of philosophy – the nature of man and the self, ethics, theories of knowledge, philosophy of religion, etc., as revealed in the writings of the major philosophers.

GREL 101. Religions of the World. 3 credits.
An investigation of the world’s major religions which will give attention to their origin, history, mythology and doctrines.

GTHEA 210. Introduction to Theatre. 3 credits.
Study of the theatre as an art form. Emphasis on introducing students to a broad spectrum of theatrical activity and opinion. Consideration of the components that comprise a theatre event including acting, directing, design, costuming, lighting and playwriting.