Humanities Undergraduate Courses

HUM 130: The Humanities: Major Works

Major works from several places and times, including the present, with the aim of perceiving their significance in human culture and creating meaningful individual relationships with them.

Units: 3

HUM 205: Asian Art History

Conceptual and technical relationship of visual form to values in the art of China, Korea, Japan, India, Tibet and South East Asia. This course is offered as ART 205 and HUM 205. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Units: 3
ART 205/HUM 205

HUM 220: Values and Culture

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Significant works of cultural expression with respect to their aesthetic dimensions, their historical contexts and their illumination of human value patterns. At least one non-Western work is studied.

Units: 3
GE C2: Humanities, SF State Studies: Global Perspectives

HUM 225: Values in American Life

Values that American thinkers, writers, artists and designers have expressed within a developing culture; the diversities as well as the unities in the American experience and on the contributions of ethnic minorities to American society and its values.

Units: 3
SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, GE C2: Humanities

HUM 271: The Classic Chinese Novel in Contemporary Pop Culture

Exploration of legacy of China’s four great classic novels in contemporary Chinese popular culture. Analysis of original works and their adaptation in television shows and cinema, fiction, computer games and theme parks.
This course is offered as CHIN 271 and HUM 271. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Units: 3
CHIN 271/HUM 271

HUM 271: The Classic Chinese Novel in Contemporary Pop Culture

Exploration of legacy of China’s four great classic novels in contemporary Chinese popular culture. Analysis of original works and their adaptation in television shows and cinema, fiction, computer games and theme parks.
This course is offered as CHIN 271 and HUM 271. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Units: 3
CHIN 271/HUM 271

HUM 300GW: Junior Seminar Humanities Writing – GWAR

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C or better.

Introduction to the practices of observation, comparison and expression characteristic of interdisciplinary humanities as a field; development of skills in interpreting and writing essays on various expressive forms. ABC/NC grading only.

Units: 3
Meets Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

HUM 301: Styles and Expressive Forms

Prerequisite: ENG 114.

Interpretation of works and the relationship between form and content in a variety of expressive modes. Reading of selected visual, musical, and written works from various times and places.

Units: 3

HUM 302: Theories and Methods in the Humanities

Prerequisite: ENG 114
Development and broadening of the student's acumen in the arts per se and in the arts as means of cultural comparison, through the study and use of major critical methods.

Units: 3

HUM 303: Cultural Periods and Styles

Prerequisite: ENG 114.

Development of the capacity for historical thinking through analysis of expressive forms generated within particular cultures. Variety of cultures and range of verbal and non-verbal forms of expression.

Units: 3

HUM 320: Music, Ideas and Culture

Prerequisite: Junior standing.

Functions of music in world cultural traditions; relation to other arts and disciplines. Writings of philosophers, critics and musicians in conjunction with specific musical examples.

Units: 3

HUM 321: Jazz and Blues in Film

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing
Survey of the history and impact of jazz and blues on the Hollywood film industry from the early “soundies” and “The Jazz Singer” to modern-day blockbusters.

Noted jazz composers such as Henry Mancini, Quincy Jones and Olive Nelson will be included, as well as works by jazz-influenced composers of the 1970s film era, such as Marvin Gaye, Isaac Hayes and Melba Liston.
(This course is offered as MUS 507 and HUM 321. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3
MUS 506/HUM 321

HUM 345: Humanism and Mysticism

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Comparative study of humanistic and mystical thoughts; ways in which these two traditions have developed and affected human civilization.

Units: 3

HUM 360: Styles of African Cultural Expression

Prerequisite: ENG 114.

Variety of sub-Saharan African cultural styles before, during, and after white rule. Traditional and modern expression in many genres: genres created in Africa and Western genres transformed by Africans.

Units: 3

HUM 361: Cultural Expression in Islam

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Classic works of Islamic holy/secular texts: art, architecture, novels, poetry, film. How great works characterize, symbolize or are emblematic of specific intellectual environments, representing different times, places and diverse populations in Islamic civilization, including non-Muslims.

Units: 3
SF State Studies: Global Perspectives

HUM 366: India’s Gandhi

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

The complexity of Gandhi’s values and ideas; major Eastern and Western influences on him; the admixture in his philosophy, literature and politics.

Units: 3

HUM 372: Critical Political Theory

Prerequisite: ENG 214.

Focus on the critical tradition in political theory that responds to and differentiates itself from classical and modern canonical texts.
(This course is offered as PLSI 372, HUM 372 and IR 372. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 4
PLSI 372/HUM 372/ I R 372

HUM 372: Critical Political Theory

Prerequisite: ENG 214.

Focus on the critical tradition in political theory that responds to and differentiates itself from classical and modern canonical texts.
(This course is offered as PLSI 372, HUM 372 and IR 372. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 4
PLSI 372/HUM 372/ I R 372

HUM 375: Biography of a City

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Intellectual, artistic and social life of a particular city. May be repeated when city varies.

Units: 3

HUM 376: San Francisco

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

Investigation of San Francisco as a center of intellectual, social and cultural life. Some sections offer field trips and tours.

Units: 3
SF State studies: Environmental Sustainability, UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities

HUM 377: Jerusalem

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper-division standing.

The dynamics of Jerusalem’s intellectual, artistic and social life with emphasis on the great works that symbolize the contribution of that city to human culture. This course is offered as HUM 377 and JS 377. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Units: 3
SF State studies: Global Perspectives, HUM 377/JS 377, UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities

HUM 378: Athens

Prerequisite: ENG 214.

Exploration of the city of Athens from the ancient to the modern periods, including contemporary times; focus on key moments in the city’s multi-layered history as well as enduring cultural values and global impact.
This course is offered as HUM 378 and MGS 378. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Units: 3
HUM 378/MGS 378

HUM 380: Nature and Human Values

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

Examination of classic and contemporary writings and works of art that explore human beings’ place in the natural world.

Units: 3
SF State studies: Environmental Sustainability

HUM 390: Images of Eroticism

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or consent of instructor.

Ways in which human sexuality, both the socially acceptable varieties and those practices which different societies attempt to prohibit, are represented in the art and literature of cultures in different historical periods.

Units: 3
SF State studies: Global Perspectives

HUM 401: Ancient Greek Literature

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Introduction to ancient Greek literature in its social and historical context. This course is offered as CLAS 410 and HUM 401. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Units: 3
CLAS 410/HUM 401, UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities

HUM 402: Ancient Roman Literature

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Introduction to ancient Roman literature in its social and historical context. This course is offered as CLAS 415 and HUM 402. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Units: 3
CLAS 415/HUM 402, UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities

HUM 403: The Early Middle Ages

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Society and culture in early medieval Europe, up to the 12th century. This course is offered as HIST 330 and HUM 403. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Units: 3
HIST 330/HUM 403

HUM 404: The High Middle Ages

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

Society and culture in medieval Europe from the 12th to the 14th century. This course is offered as HUM 404 and HIST 331. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Units: 3
HUM 404/HIST 331

HUM 405: Art, Literature and Power in the Renaissance

Prerequisites: ART 201 or ART 202 or equivalent.

European renaissance and baroque art and literature, related to power structures affecting all aspects of culture and society. This course is offered as ART 405 and HUM 405. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Units: 3
ART 405/HUM 405

HUM 407: Romanticism and Impressionism

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent or consent of instructor.

A variety of European and American expressive forms (literature, visual arts, music, philosophy) and their contexts from the Napoleonic Era to the beginning of World War I.

Units: 3

HUM 410: The Modern Revolution

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Society, literature, thought and art, and their interrelationships in late 19th and early 20th century Western culture; impact on cultural life of science, social crisis and end of Western cultural isolation (Not open to students who have completed PHIL 304).

Units: 3

HUM 415: Contemporary Culture

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Issues and achievements in art, thought and society during the 20th century: literature, fine arts, philosophy and history.

Units: 3
SF State studies: Global Perspectives, UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities

HUM 425: Thought and Image: Humanities

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Works in the humanities and creative arts studied in terms of the unique ways the meanings, values and forms reflect their cultures of origin. Works from at least two global cultures will be included.

Units: 3

HUM 432: Nietzsche and Postmodernism

Prerequisite: ENG 214.

Examines the most radical implications of Nietzsche’s critique of western humanism. Close reading of major writings by Nietzsche and selected “postmodern” readings of Nietzsche. This course is offered as HUM 432 (formerly HUM 367) and PHIL 432. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Units: 3
HUM 432/PHIL 432, UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities

HUM 434: Arendt and Heidegger

Prerequisite: First-year composition or consent of instructor.

Hannah Arendt, a student of Heidegger, is renowned in her own right as philosopher and political theorist. In a comparative study explore the relationship of their ideas and question the extent to which she was disciple or critic. This course is offered as HUM 434, JS 414 and PHIL 434. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Units: 3
HUM 434/JS 414/PHIL 434

HUM 450: California Culture

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

Dynamics of California society and culture in recent times: world oasis, flawed paradise, lifestyle crucible and creative milieu; function in American culture and Pacific relations. This course is offered as HUM 450 and AMST 410. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Units: 3
HUM 450/AMST 410, UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities

HUM 455: Humanities of the Americas

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Humanities of American cultures emphasizing Latin America and the Caribbean. Cultural/historical framework for study of ancient, colonial and modern humanistic expressions in architecture, folk arts, poetry, painting, murals, cinema and music.

Units: 3

HUM 470: American Autobiography

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Reading and critical analysis of selected American autobiographies from the colonial period to the late 20th century.

Units: 3

HUM 480: Thought and Culture in America to 1880

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

American thought and culture from colonial times to the 1880s. Intellectual movements and influential texts. This course is offered as HIST 480 and HUM 480. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Units: 3
HIST 480/HUM 480

HUM 481: Thought and Culture in America: 1880 to the Present

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent, upper division standing, or consent of instructor.

American thought and culture from the 1880s to the present. Intellectual movements and influential texts This course is offered as HIST 481 and HUM 481. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Units: 3
HIST 481/HUM 481

HUM 485: The Arts and American Culture

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

Figures in visual, literary and performing arts who have reflected American culture through mastery of their arts; relationships between arts in periods of American cultural development. This course is offered as HUM 485 and AMST 310. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Units: 3
SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, HUM 485/AMST 310, UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities

HUM 490: American Images: Photography and Literature

Prerequisite: ENG 114.

Selected American photographers and the relationship of their photographs to contemporary literary texts.

Units: 3
UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities

HUM 496: Islam and the Poetics of Space

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

The built environment of Islam through critical reading of art, film and literature. How places take on meaning through use and perception, sensitive to time, place, ethnicity, gender, class and ideology.

Units: 3

HUM 501: Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Beliefs, practices, social organization and history of the three monotheistic religious traditions; importance of these traditions for European and Middle Eastern civilizations. This course is offered as JS 501, PHIL 501 and HUM 501. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Units: 3
SF State studies: Global Perspectives, JS 501/HUM 501/ PHIL 501, UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities

HUM 507: Art of China

Prerequisite: ART 205 or equivalent.

Historical development of painting, sculpture and other arts in China from earliest times to the 19th century within the larger context of Chinese culture. This course is offered as ART 507 and HUM 507. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Units: 3
ART 507/HUM 507

HUM 510: Comparative Form and Culture

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Parallel forms of thought, feeling and cultural expression in particular cultural areas interacting with each other, through consideration of architectural, musical, literary, pictorial and critical works.

Units: 3

HUM 520: North and South American Cultural Expression

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

Values, ideas and creative styles of North and South American cultures through comparisons of literary artistic and architectural creations from each culture. This course is offered as HUM 520 and LTNS 520 (formerly RAZA 520). Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Units: 3
HUM 520/LTNS 520

HUM 526: Culture of Japan before 1850

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Japanese literature, art, architecture, religion, aesthetic theory and other forms of thought and image prior to 1850, studied in the context of the world view of the Japanese.

Units: 3
SF State studies: Global Perspectives

HUM 527: Japan and Modernity

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Japanese literature, art, architecture, religion, aesthetic theory and other forms of thought and image since 1850 studied in the context of the world view of the Japanese.

Units: 3
SF State studies: Global Perspectives

HUM 530: Chinese Civilization

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Formation and development of Chinese civilization; intellectual movements examined in their historical context; ideas expressed in literary, visual and performance arts.

Units: 3
SF State studies: Global Perspectives, UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities

HUM 531: Images of Modern China

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

An introduction to modern Chinese culture through close reading of literature, historical documents, visual arts and film. All works read in translation.

Units: 3
SF State studies: Global Perspectives, UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities

HUM 532: From Ghost Stories to Short Stories: Japanese Fiction in Comparative Contexts

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Examination of formal transformations in Japanese prose fiction through comparison with other literary traditions; focus on questions of tradition, influence, genre and translations. This course is offered as CWL 432 and HUM 532. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Units: 3
CWL 432/HUM 532, SF State studies: Global Perspectives, UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities

HUM 535: Classical South Asian Cultural Forms

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Literature, philosophy, religion, art, architecture and music of ancient and medieval South Asia.

Units: 3

HUM 536: Modern South Asian Cultural Forms

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Literature, philosophy, religion, art, architecture, theatre, music, film and media of modern South Asia.

Units: 3

HUM 550: The Art of Autobiography

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Explores efforts to understand and give form to the self in religious and secular writings, self-portraits and film, with focus on culturally distinct forms of self-expression and on the construction of the self in narrative and image.

Units: 3

HUM 690: Senior Seminar in the Humanities

Prerequisite: Senior standing.

Integration of students’ interdisciplinary education through preparation and revision of a substantial piece of work. An aspect of human experience explored in culturally diverse works.

Units: 3

HUM 699: Independent Study

Prerequisites: Previous Humanities courses providing evidence of the student’s ability and consent of instructor.

Independent inquiry into a specific problem formulated by the student and approved by a member of the department who will judge the student’s findings.

Units: 1 – 4