Comparative Humanities

Comparative Humanities B. A. ♦ Humanities MinorCourse Descriptions
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Summer and Fall 2013 Courses

Comparative Humanities is the interdisciplinary Liberal Arts degree program at EKU, offering a Major and Minor in Humanities plus General Education Courses. Humanities is the study of value in human life and of the ways that human beings create and share meaning as individuals, as communities, as cultures, and across cultures through time. Humanities fields include art and literature, philosophy and religion, history, music, dance, and more. Humanities is the place where these fields come together.

Studies in Comparative Humanities promote critical and creative thinking and provide excellent preparation for a variety of careers as well as graduate programs and law school.


Our upper-division courses focus on the Ancient and Medieval Worlds, the Renaissance to Enlightenment period, The Modern World and Post-modernity, and Non-Western Traditions. Our General Education courses are organized around the theme of the search for meaning. All of our courses help to develop critical and creative thinking alongside an appreciation of the rich and complex variety of cultural expressions of humanity. Comparative Humanities courses and are taught from an interdisciplinary perspective and with emphasis on integrative thinking and historical understanding.


SUMMER 2013 – Gen Ed IIIA/IIIB. [AH] Online and Hybrid Courses:    (back)

HUM 124: Humanities and the Search for Meaning. An introduction to the comparative and interdisciplinary study of culture.

HUM 226: The Search for Meaning: The Ancient World. Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of culture in the ancient world.

HUM 228: The Search for Meaning: The Modern World. Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of culture in the modern world.

FALL 2013 Gen. Ed. IIIA/IIIB. [AH] Courses:                                               (back)

HUM 124: Humanities and the Search for Meaning. An introduction to the comparative and interdisciplinary study of culture.

HUM 226: The Search for Meaning: The Ancient World. Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of culture in the ancient world.

HUM 228: The Search for Meaning: The Modern World. Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of culture in the modern world.

HUM 300W: Humanity in the Postmodern Age. Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of culture since 1945.

Fall 2013 Upper Division Courses: 

HUM 300W: Humanity in the Postmodern Age. Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of culture since 1945.

HUM 302: Comparative Humanities. An introduction to classic, formalist, structuralist, and post-structuralist approaches to the analysis of literature, visual culture, music, the dramatic arts, and design. Emphasis on integrative thinking.

HUM 340: Renaissance and Enlightenment. Critical analysis of art, music, and literature from the Renaissance, Baroque, and the Enlightenment reflecting the religious and secular energies of Western culture and the colonial world.

HUM 490: Special Topics – Humanity and the Environment. Interdisciplinary study and critique of the relationship of humanity to the environment.

HUM 490: Special Topics – Opera as Cultural Drama. Interdisciplinary study and critique of the aesthetics and ideas of Western opera in cultural context. Includes trip to live KY Opera Performance.


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