Humanities  
 

Course Schedule

 
UNIT 1: THE ANCIENT WORLD AND CLASSICAL GREECE
Week 1
Day 1: Introduction to the study of culture and the humanities. Read: Matthews & Platt xviii-xxii
Day 2: The Earliest Civilizations: Mesopotamia and Egypt.   Read: Matthews & Platt 1-31
Week 2
Day 1: Labor Day (no class)
Day 2: Aegean Civilizations and Early Greece. Read:  Matthews & Platt 33-42

Week 3

Day 1: Greek Epic and Lyric Poetry. Matthews & Platt 42-47. The Odyssey.  Read: Books 1-11
Day 2: The Odyssey.  Read: Books 12-19
Week 4
Day 1: The Odyssey.  Read: Books 20-24
Day 2: Greece: Classical Art and Architecture. Read:  Matthews & Platt 48-57; 75-85
Week 5
Day 1: Greece: Sophocles.  Read: Matthews & Platt 64-70 and Antigone
Day 2: Greek drama (cont.) Antigone
Week 6
Day 1: Examination #1
 
UNIT 2:  CLASSICAL ROME
Day 2: Greece: the Good Life and The Age of Pericles; Greek Philosophy. Read: Matthews & Platt 47-48, 59-64, Plato's Apology or "Allegory of the Cave."
Week 7
Day 1:  Greece: Hellenistic Period and Influence on Rome. Read: Matthews & Platt 87-99
Day 2: Introduction to Rome and Roman Thought: Matthews & Platt 95, 99-104
Week 8
Day 1: Virgil, Aeneid; Books I, II, IV
Day 2: Conclude Aeneid Books VI, VIII, XII
 
Midterm Break October 22-26
 
Week 9
Day 1: Roman Art and Architecture, Matthews & Platt 105-111

Day 2: Judaism and Christianity; Matthews & Platt 112-137, 138-155; Selections from the Old and New Testaments, Confessions of St. Augustine (specific readings assigned by instructor).

Week 10
Day 1: Byzantium and Islam; Matthews and Platt selections from Chaps. 7-8 assigned by instructor
Day 2:  Examination #2
 
UNIT 3:  THE MEDIEVAL WORLD
Week 11
Day 1: Introduction to the Middle Ages; Selections in Matthews & Platt 232-245
Day 2: The Age of Synthesis and the Medieval Cathedral;  Matthews & Platt 246-261, 285-303
Week 12
Day 1: Medieval Literature--Marie de France "Lanval" and "Laüstic."
Day 2: No class, Thanksgiving break
Week 13
Day 1: Medieval Music; Matthews & Platt 262-269
Day 2: Dante's Divine Comedy Introduction and Inferno (specific cantos assigned by instructor) and Matthews & Platt 251-252
Week 14
Day 1: Dante, Inferno and Paradiso
Day 2: Chaucer, Canterbury Tales General Prologue, Matthews & Platt 282-284
Week 15
Day 1:   Chaucer (cont.)
Day 2: Chaucer and Christine de Pizan

Week 16
FINAL DAY: (as announced by Registrar) Examination # 3

 

Course Schedule - Spring 2011

 
UNIT 1:  THE RENAISSANCE
Week 1 (Jan. 7)

Day 1: Early Renaissance history and spirit, MP 321-329

Day 2:  Architecture, Sculpture & Painting, MP 329-349

Week 2 (Jan. 14)                   

Day 1: High Renaissance, MP 351-380

Day 2: Renaissance Music, MP 381-383; Renaissance Literature (selections to be assigned by instructor)

Week 3 (Jan. 21)  Introduce research project this week

Day 1: The Reformation and Northern Renaissance Art, MP 385-417

Day 2 : Introduction to Shakespeare and Othello

Week 4 (Jan. 28)

Day 1: Othello

Day 2: Othello

Week 5 (Feb. 4) Analytical Paper Due this week

Day 1: Exam #1

 
UNIT 2:  THE BAROQUE AND NEOCLASSICAL PERIODS

Day 2: Baroque Style in architecture & painting, MP 419-449

Week 6 (Feb. 11)

Day 1: Moliere, Tartuffe

Day 2: Conclude Tartuffe

Week 7 (Feb. 18)                    

Day 1: The Scientific Revolution and The Enlightenment, MP 455-476        

Day 2 : Voltaire, Candide

Week 8 (Feb. 25)

Day 1: Conclude Candide

Day 2: Baroque Music, MP 449-452

 

Midterm Break March 4-8

 

Week 9 (March 11)

Day 1: Neoclassical Music, Mozart and scenes from Amadeus;

Day 2: Neoclassical art/architecture, MP 494-500, French, American and Industrial Revolutions, MP 511-520

Week 10 (March 18)                    

Day 1: Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (handout)

Day 2: Exam #2

 
UNIT 3:  ROMANTICISM, IMPRESSIONISM, AND POST-IMPRESSIONISM

Week 11 (March 25)      

Day 1: Romantic Art, MP 520-539

Draft research paper due                       

Day 2 : March 29 is Good Friday

Week 12 (April 1)

Day 1: Shelley, Frankenstein     

Day 2: Conclude Frankenstein    

Week 13 (April 8)       

Day 1: Romantic music, MP 539-541; 573-575

Day 2: Life and Times of Frederick Douglas and Selected Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar (handout)

Week 14 (Apr. 15)        

Day 1: Ibsen, A Doll’s House

Final Draft of Research Paper Due

Day 2: Conclude A Doll's House

Week 15 (Apr. 22)

Day 1: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism in art, MP 596-611

Day 2: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism in music, MP 611-614

Week 16  (Apr. 29)       

Exam #3 according to the final exam schedule