HUM 124: The Ancient World is the introduction to the Humanities sequence. Comparative exploration of central humanistic themes as reflected in diverse ancient oral traditions, texts and artifacts from peoples of Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Levant and Mediterranean regions. Emphasis is placed on analysis of primary sources in their cultural and historical context and critical engagement with multiple ancient perspectives in relation to contemporary questions. Classes usually include different forms of learning, including close reading, lectures, performances, discussion, writing, and project-based activities. Fall and Spring.
Pre- or corequisite: LANG 120
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students demonstrate knowledge in the interdisciplinary study of ancient cultures, both in writing and orally
- Students identify the key features of a primary text or an artifact
- Students write a well-supported, organized, and clearly articulated argument
- Students articulate their own values and beliefs and compare them with those of diverse cultures studied, both in writing and orally
What does it mean to be Human?
HUM 124 is the introduction to the Humanities sequence, where we explore questions that define our human experience on this earth. In this class you will discover ancient oral traditions, texts and artifacts from peoples of Asia, Africa, the Americas, the Levant and Mediterranean, and engage with multiple ancient perspectives in relation to contemporary questions.
Classes usually include different forms of learning, including close reading, lectures, performances, discussion, writing, and creative, project-based activities. All sections cover the same core material and guiding questions. Some instructors customize the class through a specific theme or approach.
Section options for Fall 2021 include:
- HUM124.001 Dr. Jinhua Li
This section of HUM 124 will include further emphasis on East Asian materials and inquiries into gender with student- oriented and discussion-centered teaching approaches.
- HUM124.002 Dr. Brian Hook
This section will include weeks on Foodways in the Ancient World and the Odyssey, with a teaching approach focused on student inquiry and discussion.
- HUM124.003 Dr. Sophie Mills
This section will give you a little more of ancient Greece, specifically the chance to explore Homer’s Iliad.
- HUM124.004 & FY1 Dr. Valeria Tezzon
In this section we will explore how the values and perspectives of different cultures from the past can be relevant in our contemporary society and help us understand the world we live in.
- HUM124.005 & .010 Dr. Grant Hardy
This section will give particular attention to ancient Greek and Asian texts.
- HUM124.007 Dr. Elena Adell
In this section we will look further at Maya traditions, current affairs and knowledge through the reading of parts of the alphabetic version of the Pop Wuj.
- HUM124.009 & .011 Dennis Lundblad
This section will explore several genres of ancient literature as well as closer looks at a variety of ancient religious traditions, including Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity.
- HUM124.FY2 Leslee Johnson
In this section, we will use the lens of language and storytelling to explore and respond to diverse worldviews and ways of knowing with an emphasis on classroom collaboration.
- HUM124.FY4 Jeremy Philips
In this section we will include deeper dives into world-view issues of meaning that arise from religious and philosophical questions, especially in regard to climate change as a problem of civilization.
- HUM124.0H1 Dr. Katherine Zubko
This section focuses a little more on South Asian materials, and topics of religion and gender.