Humanities Program

Program Overview

All humanities courses have roots in the liberal arts. The liberal arts provide the foundation for a full liberal education, which rises from them and reaches beyond them. They are preparation for the lofty and rigorous discipline of understanding in its fullness “the truth [that] shall make you free” (John 8:32). The humanities curriculum builds on the foundation of the Great Works Option for fulfilling General Education core requirements. Great works of literature, philosophy, art, music, science, and theology offer the most enriching content of the liberal arts and of liberal education itself. They are living teachers speaking to each generation with rare wisdom and beauty. Through study of such works, students of the humanities integrate the liberal arts with one another, with education as a whole, and with Christian higher education in particular.

A liberal arts education prepares the student not for a specific profession but for life itself, for the moral, intellectual, social, civic, and spiritual maturity and growth that accompany a life well lived. A successful liberal education prepares the student for the proper ordering of all spheres of life and for a lifetime of learning. The first task of the liberal arts is to secure the liberation of the mind from those many fetters that can bind it, notably ignorance, prejudice, and the influence of the passions. In and through this essential freedom—the freedom of the mind—humanity manifests itself. The integrative principle of the liberal arts is the idea of humanitas.

Goals

Students completing the humanities minor should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with great works from at least three General Education categories from multiple disciplinary perspectives;
  2. Demonstrate skill and flexibility in reading, studying, and responding to great works;
  3. Articulate the value of a great works approach to a liberal arts education;
  4. Articulate a Christian perspective of truth and life.

Humanities Minor Requirements

The humanities minor consists of 24 units from the listed courses. At least 12 units must be upper-division HUM courses. Students must take HUM courses (upper- or lower-division) in at least three categories of the General Education curriculum.

Required Courses12
Select 12 units from the following courses:
HUM 321Core Texts in History 1, 23-4
HUM 322Core Texts in Literature 1, 33-4
HUM 323Core Texts in Aesthetics 1, 43-4
HUM 324Core Texts in Philosophy 1, 53-4
HUM 325Core Texts in Christianity 1, 83-4
Elective Courses12
A course taken to fulfill the above requirement may not also count for elective credit.
ART 354Ancient Art History 43
ART 356Writing 3: History of Modern Art 63
ART 361Early Christian and Medieval Art 43
ART 362Renaissance to Rococo Art 43
ENGL 377Shakespeare 33
ENGL 410American Novel3
ENGL 466British Novel3
HIST 401Humanities Seminar6
HUM 221Core Texts in History 1, 23-4
or HUM 321 Core Texts in History
HUM 222Core Texts in Literature 1, 33-4
or HUM 322 Core Texts in Literature
HUM 223Core Texts in Aesthetics 1, 43-4
or HUM 324 Core Texts in Philosophy
HUM 224Core Texts in Philosophy 1, 53-4
or HUM 324 Core Texts in Philosophy
MUS 351Ancient, Renaissance, and World Music Literature3
MUS 352Writing 3: Baroque, Classical, and Early Romantic Music Literature 63
MUS 455Late Romantic and 20th-Century Music Literature 23
PHIL 315History of Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL 316Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL 320History of Early Modern Philosophy3
PHIL 340Concepts of Human Nature 63
POLI 360Classical Political Thought3
POLI 363Modern Political Thought3
POLI 376The American Founding3
SOC 298Basic Sociological Theory3
SPAN 431Spanish Language Poetry and Short Story3
SPAN 432Literary Masters 33
UBBL 310I and II Samuel 73
UBBL 340Romans and Galatians 73
UBBL 341Thessalonian and Corinthian Epistles 73
UBBL 443The General Epistles3
Total Units24
1

Humanities Seminars are offered for 3 units on the Azusa campus and 4 units at the High Sierra Semester.

2

Meets the General Education Humanities: History requirement.

3

Meets the General Education Humanities: Literature requirement. 

4

Meets the General Education Humanities: Fine Arts requirement. 

5

Meets the General Education Philosophy requirement. 

6

Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement. 

7

Meets the General Education Upper-Division Bible requirement. 

8

Meets the General Education Theology requirement.

HUM 201, Intercultural Knowledge and Competence, 3 Units

This course employs a team-taught, transdisciplinary approach to expanding students' intercultural knowledge and experience in three stages. First, through a study of core texts in the humanities, it studies a chronologically arranged variety of cultural perspectives on the meaning and value of the natural world. Second, it punctuates this study with affective experience in a new cultural setting (typically by visiting with a representative from local Native American or Armenian communities). Third, it requires students to reflect upon and analyze their own culturally structured environmental attitudes. Meets the General Education Requirement: Intercultural Competence. 

HUM 202, Civic Knowledge and Engagement, 3 Units

This course employs a team-taught, transdisciplinary approach to expanding students' understanding of and commitment to civic engagement in three stages. First, through a study of core texts in the humanities, it examines a chronologically arranged variety of perspectives on the ethical responsibility of humans to their natural environment. Second, it punctuates this study with affective experience in the pristine Ansel Adams Wilderness, an experience that provides a hands-on encounter with the magnificently fragile world God has charged us to nurture. Finally, this course requires students to reflect upon and analyze their own civic responsibilities toward the environment through a final research project. Meets the General Education Requirement: Civic Knowledge and Engagement. 

HUM 221, Core Texts in History, 3 Units

This course offers a study of selected classic works that shaped and represented different civilizations in a specified historical era, taught by a faculty tutor in an integrative, interdisciplinary fashion. HUM 221 and HUM 321 may not be taken concurrently, and additional work is required in HUM 321. This course may be repeated once for credit as the topic varies. Meets the General Education Requirement: Humanities: History. 

HUM 221H, Humanities Seminar I: Great Works - Honors, 3-4 Units

This course offers a study of selected classic works that shaped and represented different civilizations in a specified historical era, taught by a faculty tutor in an integrative, interdisciplinary fashion. On the Azusa campus, this is a three-unit course. At the High Sierra site, it is worth four units and is to be taken with one or more other Humanities Seminar(s). HUM 221H and HUM 321H may not be taken concurrently, and additional work is required in HUM 321H. This course may be repeated once for credit as the topic varies. Meets the General Education Requirement: Humanities: History. 

Prerequisite: To enroll in the course, must be a student admitted to the Honors Program and be considered a member in "active" status.

HUM 222, Core Texts in Literature, 3 Units

This course offers a study of selected literary texts from a variety of cultures and genres in a specified historical era, taught by a faculty tutor in an integrative, interdisciplinary fashion. HUM 222 and HUM 322 may not be taken concurrently, and additional work is required in HUM 322. This course may be repeated once for credit as the topic varies. Meets the General Education Requirement: Humanities: Language Literature. 

HUM 222H, Humanities Seminar II: Literary Masterpieces - Honors, 3-4 Units

This course offers a study of selected literary texts from a variety of cultures and genres in a specified historical era, taught by a faculty tutor in an integrative, interdisciplinary fashion. On the APU campus, this is a three-unit course. At the High Sierra site, it is worth four units and is to be taken with one or more other Humanities Seminar(s). HUM 222 and HUM 322 may not be taken concurrently, and additional work is required in HUM 322. This course may be repeated once for credit as the topic varies. Meets the General Education Requirement: Humanities: Language Literature. 

Prerequisite: To enroll in the course, must be a student admitted to the Honors Program and be considered a member in "active" status.

HUM 223, Core Texts in Aesthetics, 3 Units

A study of the creative process and of selected aesthetic masterpieces in a variety of cultures and genres from a specified historical era. Taught by a faculty tutor in an integrative, interdisciplinary fashion. HUM 223 and HUM 323 may not be taken concurrently, and additional work is required in HUM 323. This course may be repeated once for credit as the topic varies. Meets the General Education Requirement: Humanities: Fine Arts. 

HUM 223H, Humanities Seminar III: Aesthetics - Honors, 3-4 Units

A study of the creative process and of selected aesthetic masterpieces in a variety of cultures and genres from a specified historical era. Taught by a faculty tutor in an integrative, interdisciplinary fashion. On the Azusa campus, this is a three-unit course. At the High Sierra semester, it is worth four units and is to be taken with one or more other Humanities Seminar(s). HUM 223H and HUM 323H may not be taken concurrently, and additional work is required in HUM 323H. This course may be repeated once for credit as the topic varies. Meets the General Education Requirement: Humanities: Fine Arts. 

Prerequisite: To enroll in the course, must be a student admitted to the Honors Program and be considered a member in "active" status.

HUM 224, Core Texts in Philosophy, 3 Units

This course offers a study of selected philosophical works illustrating intellectual perspectives of a specified historical era, taught by a faculty tutor in an integrative, interdisciplinary fashion. HUM 224 and HUM 324 may not be taken concurrently, and additional work is required in HUM 324. This course may be repeated once for credit as the topic varies. Meets the General Education Requirement: Philosophy. 

HUM 224H, Humanities Seminar IV: Great Ideas - Honors, 3-4 Units

This course offers a study of selected philosophical works illustrating intellectual perspectives of a specified historical era, taught by a faculty tutor in an integrative, interdisciplinary fashion. On the APU campus, this is a three-unit course. At the High Sierra site, it is worth four units and is to be taken with one or more other Humanities Seminar(s). HUM 224H and HUM 324H may not be taken concurrently, and additional work is required in HUM 324H. This course may be repeated once for credit as the topic varies. Meets the General Education Requirement: Philosophy. 

Prerequisite: To enroll in the course, must be a student admitted to the Honors Program and be considered a member in "active" status.

HUM 321, Core Texts in History, 3 Units

This course offers a study of selected classic works that shaped and represented different civilizations in a specified historical era, taught by a faculty tutor in an integrative, interdisciplinary fashion. HUM 221 and HUM 321 may not be taken concurrently, and additional work is required in HUM 321. This course may be repeated once for credit as the topic varies. Meets the General Education Requirement: Humanities: History. 

HUM 321H, Humanities Seminar I: Great Works - Honors, 3-4 Units

This course offers a study of selected classic works that shaped and represented different civilizations in a specified historical era, taught by a faculty tutor in an integrative, interdisciplinary fashion. On the Azusa campus, this is a three-unit course. At the High Sierra semester, it is worth four units and is to be taken with one or more other Humanities Seminar(s). HUM 221H and HUM 321H may not be taken concurrently, and additional work is required in HUM 321H. This course may be repeated once for credit as the topic varies. Meets the General Education Requirement: Humanities: History. 

Prerequisite: To enroll in the course, must be a student admitted to the Honors Program and be considered a member in "active" status.

HUM 322, Core Texts in Literature, 3 Units

This course offers a study of selected literary texts from a variety of cultures and genres taught by a faculty tutor in an integrative, interdisciplinary fashion. HUM 222 and HUM 322 may not be taken concurrently, and additional work is required in HUM 322. This course may be repeated once for credit as the topic varies. Meets the General Education Requirement: Humanities: Language Literature. 

HUM 322H, Humanities Seminar II: Literary Masterpieces - Honors, 3-4 Units

This course offers a study of selected literary texts from a variety of cultures and genres in a specified historical era, taught by a faculty tutor in an integrative, interdisciplinary fashion. On the Azusa campus, this is a three-unit course. At the High Sierra semester, it is worth four units and is to be taken with one or more other Humanities Seminar(s). HUM 222H and HUM 322H may not be taken concurrently, and additional work is required in HUM 322H. This course may be repeated once for credit as the topic varies. Meets the General Education Requirement: Humanities: Language Literature. 

Prerequisite: To enroll in the course, must be a student admitted to the Honors Program and be considered a member in "active" status.

HUM 323, Core Texts in Aesthetics, 3 Units

This course offers a study of the creative process and selected aesthetic masterpieces in a variety of cultures and genres from a specified historical era, taught by a faculty tutor in an integrative, interdisciplinary fashion. HUM 223 and HUM 323 may not be taken concurrently, and additional work is required in HUM 323. This course may be repeated once for credit as the topic varies. Meets the General Education Requirement: Humanities: Fine Arts. 

HUM 323H, Humanities Seminar III: Aesthetics - Honors, 3-4 Units

A study of the creative process and of selected aesthetic masterpieces in a variety of cultures and genres from a specified historical era. Taught by a faculty tutor in an integrative, interdisciplinary fashion. On the Azusa campus, this is a three-unit course. At the High Sierra semester, it is worth four units and is to be taken with one or more other Humanities Seminar(s). HUM 223H and HUM 323H may not be taken concurrently, and additional work is required in HUM 323H. This course may be repeated once for credit as the topic varies. Meets the General Education Requirement: Humanities: Fine Arts. 

Prerequisite: To enroll in the course, must be a student admitted to the Honors Program and be considered a member in "active" status.

HUM 324, Core Texts in Philosophy, 3 Units

This course offers a study of selected philosophical works illustrating intellectual perspectives of a specified historical era, taught by a faculty tutor in an integrative, interdisciplinary fashion. On the Azusa campus, this is a 3-unit course. At the High Sierra Semester, it is worth 4 units and is to be taken with one or more other Humanities Seminar(s). HUM 224 and HUM 324 may not be taken concurrently, and additional work is required in HUM 324. This course may be repeated once for credit as the topic varies. Meets the General Education Requirement: Philosophy. 

HUM 324H, Humanities Seminar IV: Great Ideas - Honors, 3-4 Units

This course offers a study of selected philosophical works illustrating intellectual perspectives of a specified historical era, taught by a faculty tutor in an integrative, interdisciplinary fashion. On the Azusa campus, this is a three-unit course. At the High Sierra semester, it is worth four units and is to be taken with one or more other Humanities Seminar(s). HUM 224H and HUM 324H may not be taken concurrently, and additional work is required in HUM 324H. This course may be repeated once for credit as the topic varies. Meets the General Education Requirement: Philosophy. 

Prerequisite: To enroll in the course, must be a student admitted to the Honors Program and be considered a member in "active" status.

HUM 325, Humanities Seminar V: Christian Classics, 3-4 Units

This course offers a study of selected Christian classics on Christian life and doctrine from a specified historical era, taught by a faculty tutor in an integrative, interdisciplinary fashion. On the Azusa campus, this is a 3-unit course. At the High Sierra Semester, it is worth 4 units and is to be taken with one or more other Humanities Seminar(s). This course may be repeated once for credit as the topic varies. Meets the General Education Requirement: Theology. 

HUM 325H, Humanities Seminar V: Christian Classics - Honors, 3-4 Units

This course offers a study of selected Christian classics on Christian life and doctrine from a specified historical era, taught by a faculty tutor in an integrative, interdisciplinary fashion. On the Azusa campus, this is a three-unit course. At the High Sierra semester, it is worth four units and is to be taken with one or more other Humanities Seminar(s). This course may be repeated once for credit as the topic varies. Meets the General Education Requirement: Theology. 

Prerequisite: To enroll in the course, must be a student admitted to the Honors Program and be considered a member in "active" status.

Faculty

Director

Brad Hale, Ph.D., History

Affiliated Faculty

Sarah Adams, Ph.D., English

Thomas Allbaugh, Ph.D., English

Paul Boles, Ph.D., Theology

Michael Bruner, Ph.D., Practical Theology

James Fujitani, Ph.D., Modern Languages

Diana Glyer, Ph.D., English

Adam Green, Ph.D., Philosophy

Alexander Koops, DMA, Music

Carole Lambert, Ph.D., English

Bryan Lamkin, Ph.D., History

Chris Noble, Ph.D., English

Dennis Okholm, Ph.D., Theology

Abbylin Sellers, Ph.D., Political Science

David Williams, Ph.D., Philosophy