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HUMN-101   Introduction to the
3 Credits (Humanities Core)

This course is an introduction  to the humani- ties as an academic discipline  which  studies the human condition, using methods that are primarily  analytic, critical, or speculative, as dis- tinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural and social sciences. This course helps students see context and make connec- tions across the humanities by tying together the entire cultural experience through a narrative storytelling approach. (3 hours weekly)

HUMN-102   The Psychology of
Happiness: A Humanities Approach
3 Credits (Humanities Core)

This course will examine  the paradigm shift from pathology to strength-based and resiliency efforts to enhance optimism, decrease stressors and increase subjective well-being. The format of the course will be didactic,  participator y, experiential and interactive, with assigned read- ings, activities, testing and analysis to create an environment that is conducive to learning new concepts, skills and applications in the growing field of “happiness.” While field study in this area is often labeled Positive Psychology, this course will introduce those ideas through background reading, but delve more deeply into the practical skills that students can apply in daily living to enhance happiness and subjective well-being. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll  in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

HUMN-103   Introduction to Greek and Roman Mythology
3 Credits (Humanities Core)

This course is an introduction to the many roles of myth in classical culture and the relevance of Greco-Roman myth for modern thought. This course focuses on myths and legends at their most simple level as stories, as well as what it reveals about ancient Greek and Roman society, religion, beliefs, and values. (3 hours weekly)

HUMN-104   Introduction to the Digital Humanities
3 Credits (Humanities Core)

This course is an introduction to the field of study, research, teaching, and practice of digital humanities. This course will examine the values and cultural heritage of the humanities as it pertains to the digital world. As a study of the digital process, the course will focus on the ways in which  digital humanities are transforming research and academic disciplines, including comparisons between traditional and digital humanities; tools and techniques used by digital humanists; the processes of planning,  manag- ing, and evaluating digital humanities projects; ways in which digital humanities affect scholarly communication  and higher education; and the role of libraries and information professionals in this area of study. Prerequisite:  ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

HUMN-105   Projecting the Past: Ancient Rome, Cinema, and History
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core)
This course will explore the history and cultural development of ancient Rome through the media of film.  This course will introduce  the most popular narrative tendencies and film genres typical of films focusing on this period of history, including the implications of the political, social, and cultural contexts depicted in film. Major films and significant directors from this period will be viewed and discussed. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as FILM-105.

HUMN-110   Cultural History of
3 Credits (Humanities Core)

This course will be a multi-disciplinary  examina- tion of television which will explore the history of television  as well as industry-related concerns of production  and advertising. The class will focus on viewing and discussing various genres of television programs. The sampled series from television programs and advertisements will offer insights into American  social values, politics, and popular  culture from the early 1950s through the present. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as FILM-110.

HUMN-111   Leadership Development
Studies: A Humanities Approach
3 Credits (Humanities/ Interdisciplinary Core)

This course is designed to provide  emerging
and existing leaders the opportunity to explore the concept of leadership and to develop and improve their leadership skills. Instructors will use a variety of learning techniques that may include, but are not limited to, integration of humanities into the study of leadership, dialogue, experiential exercises, literature, films, and shared analysis. Students taking this course will gain a foundational  understanding  of the concept of leadership theory while developing a personal philosophy of leadership and an aware- ness of the moral and ethical responsibilities of leadership. The course provides the opportunity to develop essential leadership skills through study, obser vation, and application. Prerequisite: Eligible  to enroll  in ENGL-121. (3 hours  weekly)

HUMN-203   Civility and the Virtue
3 Credits (Humanities Core)

This course examines the intersection of civility and the virtue tradition in philosophy. As our ancient world cultures have acknowledged, both individual happiness and a harmonious society depend on the cultivation of a virtuous charac- ter. Using written  texts (including  P.M. Forni’s Choosing Civility), films, and literature, the focus is on the costs of incivility and the benefits of civility. Drawing on insights from the humanities and the arts, this course is interdisciplinary  in focus and worldwide in scope, covering civility and the virtue tradition in Asia, Africa, and the West. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)  NOTE: Also listed as PHIL-203.

HUMN-223   Cultures of Asia
3 Credits (Humanities/ Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues Core)

This course will explore  topics  such  as the
concept of Asia, the geography, art, and cultural heritage of Asian countries, the ways in which Asia has been viewed in popular culture and academic scholarship, and contemporary Asian cultures. Asian cultures explored in this course include:  East Asia (China  Japan, Mongolia, Taiwan, North and South Korea), South Asia (Afghanistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Tibet, Sri Lanka), South East Asia (Vietnam,  Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, East Timor), and Central Asia (Kazakhstan,  Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan,  Turkmeni- stan, Uzbekistan). Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as ANTH-223.

HUMN-231   Humanities through Film
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core)
This course explores the medium of film, to ex- amine values and cultural heritage that establish the framework for inquiry into the meaning of life. This course studies the humanities in depth, using methods which  are primarily  analytic, critical,  or speculative, as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural and social sciences. Students will view various forms of media to analyze and evaluate the medium of film as an expression and a document of the human condition. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as FILM-231.

HUMN-241   Utopia: Good Place or No
3 Credits

This course is an exploration  of the concept, representation, and reality of utopia. Utopia means both “no place” and “good place,” and encompasses thousands of years of imagined places and societies and the ideas behind them. Students will sur vey the breadth of utopian work through literature, visual arts, architecture, and historical and contemporary examples. Further study in subtopics within  the genre will allow students to individually  pursue their particular interests in utopias more deeply. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours  weekly)

HUMN-242   Dystopia: Good World
Gone Bad
3 Credits

This course is an exploration  of the concept, representation, and reality of dystopia. Dystopia means “bad place,” yet describes a failed soci- etal structure that was meant to be good. This encompasses imagined places and societies, the ideas behind them, and where they went wrong. Students will sur vey dystopias through literature, visual arts, film, video games, and historical and contemporary examples. Deeper study in topics within the genre will allow students to individu- ally pursue more thoroughly the dystopic aspects that interest  them.  Prerequisite:  ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

hcc catalogue '11-'12

Accounting - ACCT
Aging Services - AGNG
American Sign Language - AMSL
Anthropology - ANTH
Arabic - ARAB 
Art - ARTT 
Astronomy - ASTR
Bioinformatics - BFMT 
Biology - BIOL 
Biomedical Engineering - BMET
Business - BMGT 
Cardiovascular Technology - CARD
Chemistry - CHEM 
Chinese - CHNS 
Cisco - CSCO 
Computer-Aided Design - CADD
Computer Forensics - CFOR 
Computer Systems - CMSY 
Conflict Resolution - CRES
Construction Management - CNST 
Cooperative Education - COOP
Criminal Justice - CRIM 
Culinary Management - CMGT 
Dance - DANC
Dental Hygiene - DHYG 
Diagnostic Medical
Sonography - DMSU

Economics - ECON 
Education - EDUC 
Electronics - ELEC 
Emergency Medical Technician/
Paramedic - EMSP
Engineering -ENES 
English- ENGL 
Entrepreneurship - ENTR 
Environmental Science - ENST
Exercise Science - EXSC 
Farsi - FARS
Film - FILM 
Financial Planning- FNPL 
Fine Arts - FINE 
First-Year Experience - FYEX
French - FREN 
Geography - GEOG
Geology - GEOL

German - GERM 
Greek - GREK 
Health Care - HEAL 
Health Education - HEED 
Hebrew - HBRW
Hindi - HNDI
History - HIST 
Horticulture - HORT 
Hospitality Management - HMGT
Human Development - HMDV 
Human Services - HUMS 
Humanities - HUMN
Interior Design - INDS
Italian - ITAL 
Japanese - JPNS
Korean - KORE 
Life Fitness - LFIT 
Mathematics - MATH 
Medical Laboratory
Technician - MLTS

Meteorology - METO 
Microsoft - MSFT 
Music - MUSC 
Nursing - NURS 
Nutrition - NUTR
Office Technology - OFFI 
Philosophy - PHIL 
Physical Therapist
Assistant - PTAP
Physics - PHYS 
Political Science - POLI 
Portuguese - PORT
Psychology - PSYC 
Public Health - PUBH
Radiologic Technology - RADT
Retailing - RETL 
Russian - RUSS 
Social Work - SOWK
Sociology - SOCI 
Spanish - SPAN 
Speech - SPCH 
Television and Radio - TVRD
Theatre - THET 
Turkish - TURK
Women's Studies - WMST