Houston Baptist University Catalog

Humanities ( HUM ) Course Descriptions

  • HUM 5301 TRIVIUM – WESTERN TRADITION

    HUM 5301 The Trivium in the Western Tradition
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course explores the historical and practical importance of the Trivium as a fundamental part of teaching and learning. It incorporates the basic elements of the Western tradition and the liberal arts, focusing them around the disciplines of grammar, logic, and rhetoric.

  • HUM 5330 CLOAK/DAGGER:SPIES-FIC/FILM

    HUM 5330 Cloak and Dagger ? Spies in Fiction and Film
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Spies appear in some of humankind?s oldest stories; in modern culture, the spy is viewed as both hero and antihero. The moral and political ambiguities of espionage fiction are considered parables of the moral dilemmas of modern humankind.

  • HUM 5332 OLD SOUTH:HISTORY & LITERATURE

    HUM 5332 The Old South: History and Literature
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course covers the Old South (American South) from the pre-contact period to the beginning of the Civil War, with an emphasis on social, cultural, and intellectual history and on literature. The course will focus particularly on eastern Texas and on the Gulf South as a distinctive region of the South.

  • HUM 5354 LAW/LAWYERS IN LIT/FILM/VIDEO

    HUM 5354 Law and Lawyers in Literature, Film and Video
    Prerequisite(s): None
    A study of the ways in which lawyers have been viewed in literature, cinema, and television.

  • HUM 5360 MYTHOLOGY IN LIT&ARTS

    HUM 5360 Mythology in Literature and the Arts
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course provides an overview of the major myths, the archetypes based on those myths, and their use in literature and the arts. It emphasizes the Greco-Roman, Norse, and Celtic myths, but also covers other mythologies. Coverage will include major stories from the Old and New Testaments.

  • HUM 5364 CHAUCER AND THE 14TH CENTURY

    HUM 5364 Chaucer and the Fourteenth Century
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Examines the fourteenth century as a turning point in English and European culture: the end of the High Middle Ages and the beginnings of the pre-Renaissance. The course emphasizes the rise of vernacular languages as literary languages, particularly in Italy and England, and the role of Geoffrey Chaucer as the father of English poetry.

  • HUM 5381 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    HUM 5381 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • HUM 5390 WEST CULT/HUMAN EXPERIENCE I

    HUM 5390 Western Culture and Human Experience I
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course is a core component of the MLA program and offers a broad overview of history, politics, art, and philosophy. HUM 5390 will cover the years from the time of classical Greece through the medieval period; HUM 5391 will cover the Renaissance, Reformation, and Early Modern period; HUM 5392 will cover from the French revolution through Modern times.

  • HUM 5391 WEST CULT/HUMAN EXPERIENCE II

    HUM 5391 Western Culture and Human Experience II
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course is a core component of the MLA program and offers a broad overview of history, politics, art, and philosophy. HUM 5390 will cover the years from the time of classical Greece through the medieval period; HUM 5391 will cover the Renaissance, Reformation, and Early Modern period; HUM 5392 will cover from the French revolution through Modern times.

  • HUM 5392 WEST CULT/HUMAN EXPERIENCE III

    HUM 5392 Western Culture and Human Experience III
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course is a core component of the MLA program and offers a broad overview of history, politics, art, and philosophy. HUM 5390 will cover the years from the time of classical Greece through the medieval period; HUM 5391 will cover the Renaissance, Reformation, and Early Modern period; HUM 5392 will cover from the French revolution through Modern times.

  • HUM 5393 THE GRANDEUR THAT WAS ROME

    HUM 5393 The Grandeur That Was Rome
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Through a vigorous dialogue with the Aeneid, the Metamorphoses, and The Divine Comedy, supplemented by lectures on ancient Roman and medieval history, religion, philosophy, and culture, students will enter in to the Great Conversation of the key Roman poets. The class will center on the perennial questions of life and will seek to gain true wisdom and virtue from a direct wrestling with those questions. Although Virgil and Ovid?s epics will be assessed in terms of their own culture, they will also be studied as pre-Christian works that point ahead to the fuller revelation of Christ and the Bible and that find their culmination in Dante?s fusion of Athens and Jerusalem.

  • HUM 5394 THE GLORY THAT WAS GREECE

    HUM 5394 The Glory That Was Greece
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Through a vigorous dialogue with the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, supplemented by lectures on ancient Greek history, religion, philosophy, and culture, students will enter in to the Great Conversation that begins with the ancient Greeks. The class will center on the perennial questions of life and will seek to gain true wisdom and virtue from a direct wrestling with those questions. Although the works will be studied in terms of their own culture, they will also be studied as pre-Christian works that point ahead to the fuller revelation of Christ and the Bible.

  • HUM 6319 REVOLUTION AMERICA/AGE ENLIGHT

    HUM 6319 Revolutionary America in the Age of Enlightenment
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course explores the ideas and events of the American revolutionary era, 1763-1789, against the backdrop of the Enlightenment.

  • HUM 6344 AMERICAN POPULAR CULTURE

    HUM 6344 American Popular Culture
    Prerequisite(s): None
    A study of the development and impact of the mass media and society with an emphasis on the 20th century. Materials to be studied include dime novels, pulp magazines, comic books, and paperback books as well as their relationships to other mass media, particularly radio, television, and motion pictures. Other aspects include the production, marketing and distribution of popular culture as well as the sociological and psychological implications.

  • HUM 6346 KING ARTHUR IN HISTORY AND ART

    HUM 6346 King Arthur in History and the Arts
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course examines the major literary, musical, and artistic works inspired by the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The course will cover the historical roots of the legends, their use by major historians, and their influence on European and English literature.

  • HUM 6381 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    HUM 6381 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • HUM 6397 SHAKESPEARE: HISTORY AND FILM

    HUM 6397 Shakespeare: History and Film
    Prerequisite(s): None
    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to William Shakespeare?s plays about the Wars of the Roses; to examine those plays in the contexts of Shakespeare?s era and our own; to analyze his use and misuse of his sources for dramatic and political purposes; and to study the major modern cinematic and televised adaptations of the plays.