IS 101: Understanding the Humanities

Credits 5
Quarter Offered
Fall (odd year),
Distribution List
Academic Elective

Introduction to a range of artistic and intellectual expressions of what it means to be human. Areas explored may include architecture, dance, film, language, literature, music, painting, philosophy, photography, sculpture, and/ or theater. Discussion of these expressions, themes and styles, as well as their cultural, historical, and theoretical contexts. This class may include students from multiple sections. (Humanities, Elective)

  1. Identify and describe major forms of artistic and intellectual expression.
  2. Explain the history of the forms of expression, their principle elements and styles, and some of their best known examples.
  3. Discuss how the forms of expression affect human identity formation and emotional development.
  4. Explain how the forms of expression enhance the understanding of humanity’s social and cultural development.
  5. Discuss the value of diversity in the forms of expression.