Comparative Humanities

Comparative Humanities B. A. ♦ Humanities MinorCourse Descriptions
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Summer and Fall 2014 Courses
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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 2014 – 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 2014 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 2014 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 320: Classical Humanities. Critical analysis of visual culture, literature, architecture, and thought from prehistory, archaic and classical cultures: Egypt, Greece, Rome reflecting the achievements and values of the ancient Mediterranean civilizations.

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.


Student Testimonials:                                                                             (back)

“I chose the Comparative Humanities program at EKU because it was a degree program I could tailor to my personal academic interests, as well as provide me with challenging new ideas and material, all while preparing me for the post-graduate world and law school. The faculty of the program aided greatly in my intellectual development, and due to their encouragement and guidance, I didn't feel like mine was just another paper to grade, or another student on a roster, but a valued member of an intellectual community. Interdisciplinary Humanities, Opera as Cultural Drama, and Postmodern Humanities are all courses that stand out as gems of the program, but that's not to say my other courses were any less stellar. There is such a variety of opportunities one can take advantage of, from foreign language and culture to literature and arts courses that it's a little overwhelming, in the best sense of the word. The Comparative Humanities program is not simply a major, but an environment in which someone can flourish, aided by the support of a dedicated and nurturing faculty.”

“One of the many reasons I chose to major in Comparative Humanities was the broad spectrum of subjects that it covers. If you want to be well read on a number of topics from Art, to Philosophy, to History, Comparative Humanities is a great avenue to explore those worlds.”

“Humanities courses were always an adventure because no matter what subject we were covering, conversation, debate, and critical thinking were the backbone of every class. Those are skills that you can take with you into any career field, but just as important they are skills that are going to improve your life.”

“Graduating with my degree in Comparative Humanities has helped me land a job, but it has also kept my future open for a number of higher education possibilities. One of the best aspects of Comparative Humanities is its versatility.”


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