Humanities

  • CGS HU 101: Traditions in the Humanities (The Ancient World through the Renaissance)
    Organized historically and devoted to the study of fiction, drama, poetry, art, and film. The semester begins with a unit on ways of interpreting the humanities, proceeds with the study of literature and art from Ancient Greece through the seventeenth century, and includes a film studies component.
  • CGS HU 102: Breaks with Tradition (The Enlightenment to the Present)
    Examines the departure from tradition characteristic of the modern in all the arts. Units of study include poetry, modern art, modern drama, and the novel. Particular themes may be stressed, such as, for example, the recurrence in modern culture of the antihero, formal experiment in the arts, or literature as the embodiment of values. Students also analyze five films by distinguished contemporary directors.
  • CGS HU 103: Changing Times, Changing Minds: Revolutions in the Ancient World through the Enlightenment
    The course examines key figures and works in literary and artistic traditions from the ancient and classical periods through the Renaissance, concluding with a focus on the Enlightenment and Romanticism. The semester's units concentrate on how the works reflect cultural ideals and developments and on how they represent evolving aesthetic standards that have shaped conventions in literature and the arts. Coursework and assignments include learning trips to various sites of historical and cultural significance in and around the Boston area to emphasize the Humanities' relevance beyond the classroom's boundaries and to cultivate the richness in experiential learning. [Open only to students admitted to the CGS January Program]
  • CGS HU 104: Changing Times, Changing Minds: The Industrial Revolution to the Digital Revolution
    This course is an interdisciplinary approach to literature and art history, and moves classroom, students, and the faculty overseas to London for the term. The course focuses on the 19th and 20th centuries and concludes with the technologically complex 21st century. Assignments encourage research skills, critical thinking, and contextual awareness. Learning trips to historically and culturally important sites enhance the course's experiential component and augment the humanities' interdisciplinary significance. [Open only to students admitted to the CGS January Program]
  • CGS HU 201: History of Western Ethical Philosophy (Plato to Nietzsche)
    A rigorous course in the history of Western ethical thought from Socrates through Nietzsche. The course also includes selected films and literary works that embody philosophical ideas or dramatize ethical dilemmas. Primary texts are used throughout.
  • CGS HU 202: History of 20th-Century Ethical Philosophy and Applied Ethics
    This course focuses on the application of philosophical ideas to various areas of modern life, such as politics, science, business, personal development, education, and religious faith.
  • CGS HU 250: Supernatural Horror in American Literature and Film
    Supernatural Horror in American Literature and Film will explore the impact of horror on American culture from the genre's roots in early American history and the Gothic through the works of its most important practitioners in American literature and film. Works covered will include those of Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, and Stephen King; films such as The Exorcist and The Blair Witch Project; episodes of the The X Files; and critical writings on horror, film and popular culture.
  • CGS HU 251: The Irish Outlaw: The Makings of a Nationalist Icon
    This course will examine the outlaw as he appears in the literature, culture and history of Ireland. As a symbolic figure in Irish folklore and literature, the outlaw is seen as a hero through whom the Irish people have historically imagined their dignity in the midst of perceived political subjugation and social injustice. Students will be exposed to a variety of texts and genres and will be expected to ask rigorous questions about the style and categorization of these texts, the different portrayals of "the outlaw" that appear, and the importance of such texts in literary and cultural history.
  • CGS HU 500: The History, Literature, Film, and Science of Baseball: An Interdisciplinary Course
    Topic for Spring 2015: American Baseball. This interdisciplinary research seminar examines the history, culture, and science of the game from its shadowy origins in the early days of the nineteenth century, explosive growth in popularity during the Jazz Age, to the controversy-ridden Steroid Era.