Course Descriptions

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IAH 201  United States and the World (D)

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Description:
Major issues in development of U.S. society and culture, presented in international and comparative context. Influences from native Americans, Europeans, Africans, and Asians. Organized historically, with thematic emphasis on literature and the arts.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 202  Europe and the World (I)

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Restrictions:
Open to undergraduate students.
Description:
Cultural encounters and political relationships between Europeans and people(s) from other regions of the world since 1500 as shown through study of written texts, literature, the visual arts, music, and other forms of expression. Examples from Europe and several continents.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 203  Latin America and the World (I)

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Description:
Major issues in the development of Latin American societies and cultures, presented in global perspective. Influences from indigenous peoples, Europeans, Africans, and others. Organized thematically and historically, through study of written texts, literature, and the arts.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 204  Asia and the World (I)

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Description:
Major issues in the development of Asian societies and cultures and their interaction with other regions of the world since 1600. Topics from East, Southeast, and South Asia. Organized thematically and historically, through study of written texts, the arts, and other forms of expression.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 205  Africa and the World (I)

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Description:
Major issues in the development of African societies and their interaction with other regions of the world since 600 through study of written texts, the arts and other forms of expression. Topics from West, East, North, and Southern Africa. Organized thematically and historically.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 206  Self, Society, and Technology (D)

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
Completion of Tier I writing requirement.
Restrictions:
Open to undergraduate students.
Description:
Exploration in how technology affects and is affected by our conceptions of ourselves, relations with others, and our ideals. Approaches and materials from philosophy, literature, art, music, and history as well as the natural sciences.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 207  Literatures, Cultures, Identities (I)

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Description:
Explorations in how literature reflects, creates, and challenges cultural and individual identities. Approaches and materials from literature, philosophy, the arts, religion, and history. Selected themes and issues, variable by term.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 208  Music and Culture (I)

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Description:
Relationships between music and culture. Organized historically, geographically, or thematically, through study of written texts, music, the visual arts, and other forms of expression. Selected topics, variable by term in content and approach.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 209  Art, the Visual, and Culture (D)

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Description:
Exploration of art and visual culture in historical and cultural contexts. Reading and analysis of images. Approaches and materials from art history, anthropology, history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, economics, and natural science in cross-cultural and international perspective. Content variable by term.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 210  Middle East and the World (I)

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Description:
Major issues in the development of Middle Eastern societies and cultures, presented in global perspective. Influences from European, Africans, Asians, and others. Organized thematically and historically, though study of written texts, literature, and the arts.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 211A  Area Studies and Multicultural Civilizations: Africa (I)

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
(IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH 206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 202 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)
Description:
Arts and humanities of Africa: literature, art, music, religion and philosophy presented in historical context. Selected regions, cultures, and themes. Variable by term.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


IAH 211B  Area Studies and Multicultural Civilizations: Asia (I)

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
(IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH 206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 202 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)
Description:
Arts and humanities of Asia: literature, visual arts, music, religion and philosophy presented in historical context. Selected regions, cultures, and themes. Variable by term.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


IAH 211C  Area Studies and Multicultural Civilizations: The Americas (D)

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
(IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH 206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 202 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)
Description:
Arts and humanities of the Americas: literature, visual arts, music, religion and philosophy presented in historical context. Selected regions, cultures, and themes. Variable by term.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


IAH 211D  Area Studies and Multicultural Civilizations: The Middle East (I)

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
(IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH 206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 202 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)
Description:
Arts and humanities of the Middle East: literature, visual arts, music, religion and philosophy presented in historical context. Themes variable by term.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 221A  Great Ages: The Ancient World (I)

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
(IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH 206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 202 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)
Description:
Arts and humanities of the ancient world examined through the frame of urban and intellectual life. Literature, visual arts, music, religion and philosophy presented in historical context. Selected regions and themes. Variable by term.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 221B  Great Ages: The Medieval and Early Modern Worlds (I)

Semester:
Fall of odd years
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
(IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH 206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 202 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)
Description:
Arts and humanities of the medieval and early modern worlds: literature, visual arts, music, religion and philosophy presented in historical context. Selected themes. Variable by term.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 221C  Great Ages: The Modern World (I)

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
(IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH 206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 202 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)
Description:
Arts and humanities of the modern world, examined through the frame of urban and intellectual life. Literature, visual arts, music, religion and philosophy presented in historical context. Selected regions and themes. Variable by term.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 231A  Themes and Issues: Human Values and the Arts and Humanities (D)

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
(IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH 206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 202 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)
Description:
Values of individualism, responsibility, love, community, and rationality. Students are introduced to diverse methods and materials from the arts and humanities.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 231B  Themes and Issues: Moral Issues and the Arts and Humanities (D)

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
(IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH 206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 202 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)
Description:
Human conflict and moral dilemmas, addressed through diverse methods and materials from the arts and humanities.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 231C  Themes and Issues: Roles of Language in Society (D)

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
(IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH 206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 202 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)
Description:
Language as the medium of culture in various societies. Power and social identity as manifested through language. Students are introduced to diverse methods and materials from the arts and humanities.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 241A  Creative Arts and Humanities: Music and Society in the Modern World (D)

Semester:
Fall of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
(IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH 206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 202 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)
Description:
The arts and humanities of the modern world through the prism of music. Music traditions and methodologies in their historic context. Relationship of music creativity to societies in which it has been produced.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 241B  Creative Arts and Humanities: Philosophy in Literature (D)

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
(IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH 206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 202 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)
Description:
Philosophy and literature, relationships to each other and to societies in which they were produced. Themes such as the meaning of life, God and the problem of evil, and the nature of knowledge. Authors such as Voltaire, Dostoevsky, Wright, and Atwood examined from a variety of perspectives.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 241C  Creative Arts and Humanities: Cultural and Artistic Traditions of Europe (I)

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
(IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH 206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 202 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)
Description:
European artistic and cultural movements and styles, introduced through works of art, music, literature, philosophy, and religion. Presented in historical context. Specific eras and works variable by term.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 241D  Creative Arts and Humanities: Theater and Society in the West (I)

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
(IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH 206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 202 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)
Description:
Artistic creativity seen through the prism of theater, presented in historical context. Influences from art, literature, music, and religion. Focus on translation of social visions into dramatic art. Plays and themes variable by term.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 241E  Creative Arts and Humanities: The Creative Process (D)

Semester:
Spring of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
(IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH 206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 202 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)
Description:
Philosophical, religious and historical foundations for understanding the process of creation in visual arts, theatre, music, and literature. Variations across eras and societies.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 241F  Creative Arts and Humanities: Traditions in World Art (I)

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
(IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH 206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 202 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)
Description:
Aesthetic qualities of painting, sculpture, and architecture within historical contexts across major civilizations. Visual forms in relation to belief systems and musical and literary traditions.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


IAH 241G  Creative Arts and Humanities: Film and Culture (D)

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH 206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 202 and completion of Tier I writing requirement)
Description:
The arts and humanities through the prism of film. Integration of perspectives from literature, visual arts, music, religion, philosophy. Introduction to diverse methods and materials from the arts and humanities for thinking about film and how it engages various perspectives from around the world. Selected themes. Variable by term.
Effective Dates:
SPRING 2017 - Open