Dec 10, 2018
The Humanities Minor cultivates humanistic concepts through historically grounded texts and traditions. It teaches critical engagement with society’s most pressing issues by developing a human-oriented perspective in which creativity and critical, theoretical thinking frame ethical being in the world.
These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
- This is an on-campus program.
Declaring This Minor
To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
- The minor consists of 15 semester hours
- None of the required 15 hours may be taken pass/fail.
- Only courses completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better may be counted toward the minor.
- A minimum of 12 hours must be taken with CU Denver’s Downtown Auraria Campus faculty.
- Coursework must be approved by Humanities Minor advisor.
Take one of the following introductory courses:
- HUMN 1012 - The Humanistic Tradition: Modes of Expression
- or a comparable HUMN 1000- or 2000-level course approved by the advisor
Take four elective courses (12 semester hours) of coursework in Humanities disciplines and Humanities-related programs. These courses must focus on one of three available interdisciplinary pathways:
- Story-telling and Meaning: comprised of Humanities electives focused on how humans make ethical decisions and meaning in life through literature, philosophy, history, and religion.
- Picturing Humanity: comprising Humanities courses emphasizing the aesthetic role of art, history, film, and visual studies in the constitution of diverse cultural and social perspectives OR
- Theorizing Humanity: comprised of coursework focusing on the public role of social theory, philosophy, ethnic studies, and social justice in the formation of culture and society.
Of the four elective courses, at least one course must be taken at 3000-level and at least one must be at the 4000-level.
The following are sample electives for each Humanities Minor pathway:
Story-telling and Meaning:
- ENGL 3070 - Film History I
- ENGL 3075 - Film Genres
- ENGL 4236 - The American Short Story
- ENGL 4510 - Whores and Saints: Medieval Women
- ENGL 4735 - Philosophy and Literature
- ETST 3224 - U.S. Middle East Culture and Religion
- ETST 3300 - Shamanic Traditions
- HUMN 4984 - Topics: Interdisciplinary Humanities
- PHIL 3280 - War and Morality
- PHIL 3550 - Philosophy of Death and Dying
- PHIL 3666 - Asian Philosophies and Religions
- PHIL 4270 - Philosophy of History
- PHIL 4470 - Concepts of the Soul
- PHIL 4480 - Perspectives on Good and Evil
- PHIL 4600 - Philosophy of Religion
- PHIL 4933 - Philosophy of Eros
- RLST 4340 - The Hero’s Journey
- RLST 4460 - Death and Concepts of Afterlife
- ENGL 2250 - Introduction to Film
- ENGL 3070 - Film History I
- ENGL 3200 - From Literature to Film
- ETST 3036 - American Indian Cultural Images
- FINE 2600 - Art History Survey I
- FINE 4630 - History of Latin American Art:1520-1820
- FINE 4632 - Media History and Aesthetics
- FINE 4670 - Greek and Roman Art
- FINE 4680 - Art of the Middle Ages
- FINE 4700 - Italian Renaissance Art
- FINE 4750 - Arts of China
- FINE 4990 - Contemporary Art: 1960 to Present
- FINE 5610 - Pre-Columbian Art
- HIST 4228 - Western Art and Architecture
- HIST 4231 - History in Museums
- HIST 4232 - Historic Preservation
- PHIL 1700 - Philosophy and the Arts
- PHIL 4220 - Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
- ETST 2024 - Race and Ethnic Relations
- ETST 3211 - Hip Hop Music & Culture
- ETST 3704 - Culture, Racism and Alienation
- HIST 3121 - The World at War, 1914-1945
- HIST 3230 - The American Presidency
- HIST 3231 - Famous U.S. Trials
- HIST 3235 - U.S. Labor History, 1800 to the Present
- HIST 3347 - African-American History, 1619-Present
- HIST 3364 - Native Americans and Spaniards in North America
- HIST 3365 - Aztlan in the United States: Chicano History from 1821
- HIST 3366 - Nature and Power in American History
- HIST 3601 - Colorado History
- HIST 4027 - Enlightenment and Revolution
- HIST 4028 - Nations and Classes: 19th Century Europe
- HIST 4055 - The Atlantic Slave Trade: Africa, Caribbean and U.S.
- HIST 4076 - History of Modern Science
- HUMN 4251 - Introduction to Legal Studies
- HUMN 4984 - Topics: Critical Public Humanities
- HUMN 4984 - Topics: Spatial Humanities
- SJUS 2000 - Foundations in Social Justice
- SJUS 2010 - Social Justice: Theories, Narratives, and Technologies