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HUMN500 - Humanities: Research, Study and Use

Course Details

Course Code: HUMN500 Course ID: 3633 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This is the first course in the graduate humanities program. It is designed to introduce the student to the theory, concept, and general approach to a program of study centered on civilization’s great works, authors, and ideas. Course topics include how to approach study of the great works, authors, and ideas; a philosophy grounded in the classical/liberal tradition; and the university and curricular concepts centered on the great ideas. Students are expected to use this course to orient themselves for the remainder of the graduate humanities curriculum, prepare for a life of focused and purposeful study based on fundamental concepts and a particular modus of thought and reflection, and apply themselves within a general framework of knowledge acquisition and application. Readings for this course include Adler and Van Doren's How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

  • Develop active, syntopical reading skills required of graduate study.
  • Formulate a definition of the Great Books tradition.
  • Evaluate the significance of reading/studying the great works, authors, and ideas.
  • Critique selected texts of the Great Books canon.
  • Assess the history of and critical debate over the Great Books tradition.
  • Produce an interdisciplinary research paper of publishable length and quality that demonstrates an ability to read, think, and write critically at the graduate level.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Introduction Forum 4.44 %
Week 1 Forum 4.44 %
Week 2 Forum 4.44 %
Week 3 Forum 4.44 %
Week 4 Forum 4.44 %
Week 5 Forum 4.44 %
Week 6 Forum 4.44 %
Week 7 Forum 4.44 %
Week 8 Forum 4.44 %
Final Project Components 30.00 %
Week 4: Review of Secondary Sources 10.00 %
Week 6: Annotated Bibliography 10.00 %
Week 7: Final Project Abstract 10.00 %
Final Project 30.00 %
Week 8: Final Project 30.00 %

Bloom, Harold. “The Democratic Age” and “The Chaotic Age”. From The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Age. New York: Riverhead Books, 1994. "The Democratic Age" and "The Chaotic Age".docx

HUMN500 Course Guide:

Book Title:How to Read a Book
Author:Adler, Mortimer
Unit Cost:$18.39

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.