Humanities Major with Teacher Certification in Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6 (B.A.)

The major in Humanities critically examines the culture, ideas, and values of earlier cultures, Western and non-Western, both in their original time periods and as they have been appropriated and transformed by later ages. In particular, the program seeks to develop a critical awareness of how the classical past has been utilized as a symbol or an ideal by modern cultures, including American, and how Western culture has developed its own particular views about itself as being distinctly different from non-Western cultures.
The major is especially recommended for students who have a broad interest in the liberal arts either for their own sake or as preparation for business and the professions. The Humanities program, coordinated by the Department of Classics and General Humanities, is unique both in respect to the breadth of disciplines (history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, art history, music history) in which students are required to take courses and in respect to the senior seminar, in which students write a senior thesis addressing the contemporary role of the humanities from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Students who wish to pursue K-6 teacher certification in Elementary Education must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program Web site for the required professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook.

A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 3.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 semester hours may be required depending upon the major field of study.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

General Humanities Courses
GNHU 201General Humanities I (to 1400)3
GNHU 202General Humanities II (from 1400)3
GNHU 285Mythology3
GNHU 499Senior Humanities Seminar4
General Humanities Electives
Complete the 5 elective requirements from the lists (see below)24
Total Credits37

Electives

History

Select two of the following three requirements:6
Earlier Western History
Select 0-3 credits from the following:
Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Ancient World
Selected Topics in Ancient History (Greece, Rome, W. Asia, N. Africa, Europe)
Imaging Medieval and Early Modern Women
The City in Antiquity
Alexander the Great: Legend and Legacy
The Roman Republic
Cleopatra
The Roman Empire
Selected Topics in Mediterranean Archaeology
Field Methods in Mediterranean Archaeology
Africa in Classical Antiquity
Introduction to Roman Law
Medieval European Civilization 450-1350
Age of Renaissance, 1350-1517
Greek Civilization
Greek Civilization
Roman Civilization
Roman Civilization
Later Western History
Select 0-3 credits from the following:
The Second World War
Social History of the United States
Economic History of the United States
Diplomatic History of the United States
Women in American History
History of Black Americans
Political History of the United States
Sport in History
Europe's Conquest of the Americas, 1415-1763
Economic History of Europe
Feminist Ideas in Western Thought
Immigrant in American History
Historical Geography of the United States
War in History
History of Russia to 1917
Russia Since 1917
Modern German History
History of France Since 1789
Conflict in Modern Ireland
History of England to 1714
History of England 1714-1914
Intellectual History of the United States
European Social History
The Reformation Era, 1500-1650
Studies in Enlightenment History
Diplomatic History of Europe
The Nazi Third Reich
The Holocaust, 1939-1945
American Colonial History 1607-1763
The Union in Crisis 1820-1877
America in the Gilded Age
American Society in the 20th Century
America in the Sixties: The Crisis of Consensus Liberalism
Urban Politics
Black Politics in America
The American Presidency
Contemporary Western European Politics
Social Structure of American Society
Non-Western History
Select 0-3 credits from the following:
Introduction to African Civilization
Introduction to Islamic Civilization
Early Latin America
History of Puerto Rico
Modern Latin America
Pre-Modern Japan: A History of Japan to the Meiji Restoration
Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa
Introduction to Indian Civilization
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Modern Chinese Civilization
Communist Revolution in China
Chinese Social History Through Literature
History of Brazil
Women in the Muslim World: A History of Representations
Church and State in Latin America
Revolutions in Latin American History
Development of Indian Character and Culture
Development of Japanese Character and Culture
Government and Politics of Africa
Government and Politics of China and Japan
Government and Politics of the Middle East
Total Credits6

Philosophy/Religious Studies

Philosophy
Select one of the following:3
Lucretius and Ancient Science
Rights, Liberties and American Justice
Women and the Law
Ethics
Ethics and Business
Philosophical Issues in Biomedical Ethics
Philosophical Issues in Law and Justice
Social and Political Philosophy
American Philosophy
Contemporary Philosophers
Asian Philosophy
Existentialism
Philosophies of Art
Philosophy of Religion
Critical Reasoning and Arguments
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Sport
Philosophy of Cyberspace
Fields of Philosophy: Selected Topics
Periods and Movements: Selected Topics
Periods and Movements: Selected Topics
Knowledge, Belief and Truth
Existence and Reality
Philosophy of Law
Legal Reasoning
Legal Reasoning
Philosophy and Death
History of Philosophy: Ancient Philosophy
History of Philosophy: Modern Philosophy
Theoretical and Applied Ethics
Nineteenth Century Philosophy
Fields of Philosophy: Selected Topics
Periods and Movements: Selected Topics
Periods and Movements: Selected Topics
Seminar in Philosophy
Ethnic Politics in America
American Political Thought
American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
Religious Studies
Select one of the following:3
Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures
New Testament/Christian Scriptures
American Religious Texts
Buddhism
Introduction to Greek and Roman Religion
Introduction to Greek and Roman Religion
Asian Texts
Hinduism
Taoism
Death, Dying and Afterlife
Religion and Culture
Religion in North America
Religion and Social Activism
Asian Religions
Islamic Religious Traditions
Native American Religion
Religion in Latin America
Christian History and Thought
Philosophy of Religion
Religion and Psychology
Women and Religion
The Holocaust: Religious Perspectives
Spirituality and Mysticism
Theology
Total Credits6

Myth Studies

Select one of the following:3
Myth and Literature
African Myth and Literature
Celtic Mythology
Viking Mythology
Mythic Traditions
Selected Topics in Interdisciplinary Humanities (Course may be used if the topic is appropriate.)
The Mythology of JRR Tolkien's Middle-Earth
Greek Tragedy
Seminar in Classical Humanities
Principles of Mythic Symbolism
Myth, Meaning and Self
Total Credits3

Literature

Comparative Literature
Select one of the following:3
Images of Muslim Women in Twentieth Century Literature and Culture
Art of Poetry
Art of Fiction
Art of Drama
Contemporary U.S. Literature of Immigration
Irish Literary Revival: 1890-1939
American Indian Themes
African, Asian and Caribbean Literature in English
Contemporary Irish Literature
Contemporary African Literature
Women Prose Writers
Literary Modernism
Contemporary European Drama
Modern Drama: Ibsen to O'Neill
Modern European Novel
Speculative Fiction: Fantasy
Science Fiction
Autobiography
Modern Poetry to T.S. Eliot
Seminar in Comparative Literature
Reading Asian Cultures
Selected Topics in Greek and Roman Literature and Culture
Russian Culture and Civilization
Russian Culture and Civilization
History of Criticism
Seminar in Classical Humanities
National Literature
Select one of the following:3
American Drama
Black Writers in the United States: A Survey
Social Protest Literature in America
English Literature I: Beginnings to 1660
English Literature II: 1660 to Present
Special Topics in English or American Literature
English Novel to 1900
Vietnam War and American Culture
Women Poets
The Novels of Toni Morrison
American Poetry to 1940
American Poetry: World War II to Present
Early American Literature
Literature of American Renaissance
American Literary Realism
Modern American Fiction
Recent American Fiction 1990 to Present
Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century
Milton
Chaucer
Medieval English Literature
19th Century English Romantic Literature
Victorian Poetry
Renaissance Literature
English Drama: Beginnings to 1642
Shakespeare: Comedies-Histories
Shakespeare: Tragedies-Romances
Contemporary Poetry
Old English Language and Literature
20th Century English Novel
Seminar in American Literature
Seminar in English Literature
Total Credits6

Art and Music History

Select one of the following:3
Art in Non-Western Societies
African-American Art
Modern Philosophies of Art
Asian Art
African Art: Sub-Saharan
American Art
History of Photography
History of Industrial Design
Greek Art
Roman Art
Early Medieval Art: Early Christian, Byzantine Early Medieval
Medieval Art: Romanesque and Gothic
Renaissance Art in Italy: The Fifteenth Century
Renaissance Art in Italy: The Sixteenth Century
Northern Renaissance Painting
Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Art
Art of the Nineteenth Century
Twentieth-Century Art
Modern Architecture
Introduction to Art Theory and Practices
Contemporary Art
Selected Problems in Art History
Introduction to Music
Introduction to Jazz
Rap and Rock as Cultural Phenomena
The History of Broadway
Influence of Afro-American Culture on Music
Introduction to Music in World Cultures
Total Credits3

Teacher Ed Program Requirements (K-6) 

Pre-Professional Sequence
Pre-Professional Core
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
FCST 214Child Development I3
FCST 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
Health for Teacher Education
Select one of the following: 13-4
Biological Sciences
Biology for Survival
The Biology of Human Life
Human Heredity
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Genetics
Personal Health Issues
Injury Prevention and Emergency Care
Study of Human Diseases
Perspectives on Drugs
Mental Health
Human Sexuality
Health Education Methods
School Health and Community Services
Counseling Skills for Public Health Professionals
Honors Seminar in Science
Honors Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Science
Principles and Practice of Emergency Care
Nutrition
Mathematics Requirement
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
MTHM 302Mathematics in Elementary Schools II3
Elementary Ed Professional Sequence
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy3
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
ECEL 408Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms3
ECEL 418Social and Cultural Context of Families and Communities3
ECEL 427Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms3
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
READ 408Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
Clinical Sequence/Student Teaching
ECEL 412Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms1
ECEL 421Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms3
ECEL 422Integrating Elementary Curriculum and Assessment for Equity and Diversity3
ECEL 410Clinical Experience I: Inclusive Elementary and Early Childhood Classrooms2
ECEL 414Clinical Experience II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms9
Total Credits63-64
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