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Glendening Hall 230

Humanistic Foundations

Courses in this category take as their primary objects of study the constitutive events, ideas, beliefs, and practices that have shaped, and continue to shape, the human condition. Methodologically, they focus on the analytical investigation of human experience in general; of the experience of particular individuals; and of the links between the particular and the general—thus recognizing both the individual and also the way in which every individual’s experience is shaped by larger systems and paradigms. Courses may address the fundamental question of what it means to be human in the world, thereby providing students with the analytic tools to critically reflect on their place on earth. In the process, students will also become familiar with the key topics, questions, issues, and methodologies central to the disciplines of philosophy, history, religious studies, and women, gender, and sexuality studies.

The following courses satisfy the Humanistic Foundations requirement:

  • ARTH 100: Introduction to Art History
  • HIST 104: Historical Foundations of the Modern World to 1450
  • HIST 105: Western Civilization
  • HIST 108: History of the Modern World
  • HIST 200: United States History, 1776-1980
  • HIST 206: East Asian Civilization
  • HIST 219: Colonial American Survey
  • HIST 253: Latin American Civilization
  • HIST 268: Russian Civilization
  • HIST 272: Ancient Mediterranean
  • HIST 274: Europe, 1815-1914
  • HIST 276: Twentieth Century World
  • PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 120: Introduction to Ethics
  • RELG 110: Introduction to World Religions
  • RELG 210: Biblical Foundations
  • RELG 215: Introduction to Judaism
  • RELG 220: Foundations of Islam
  • RELG 225: Introduction to Christianity
  • RELG 230: Introduction to Hinduism
  • WGSX 220: Introduction to Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies