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*IAI (Illinois Articulation Agreement) - An agreement among participating Illinois colleges and universities to help Illinois college students transfer credit as easily as possible. See an advisor in the Advising and Counseling for additional information, or read about the IAI at www.iTransfer.org.

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Humanities

HUM120 - Western Culture and the Arts: Beginnings through the Middle Ages
Course surveys cultural accomplishments of Western civilization from its beginnings in Mesopotamia through the Middle Ages. Content includes visual arts, music, literature, theater, architecture, and philosophy studied in historical context.IAI HF 902
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: HF 902

HUM121 - Western Culture and the Arts: Renaissance through the 20th Century
Course surveys the great artistic and intellectual accomplishments of Western civilization from the Renaissance through the 20th Century. Content includes visual arts, literature, drama, philosophy, architecture, and music studied inhistorical context.IAI HF 903
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: HF 903

HUM122 - Contemporary Culture and the Arts
Course concentrates on culture and arts of the last 50 years, with focus on appreciation and critical evaluation of contemporary culture. Content provides interdisciplinary perspectives on literature, music, drama, visual arts, architecture, TV, film, and cultural theory, as well as forces that influence the arts.IAI HF 901
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: HF 901

HUM123 - Introduction to Art
Course provides a survey of the visual arts (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and architecture) emphasizing how art transmits cultural traditions and aesthetic values. Content includes the historical, social and technological factors that contribute to understanding the function and meaning of works of art.IAI F2 900
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: F2 900

HUM124 - African-American Culture and the Arts
Course offers an interdisciplinary and comparative survey of the intellectual, artistic, historical, and cultural achievements of people of African descent in America. Content includes examination of literature, philosophy, visual art, music, film, and other performing arts.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: HF 906D

HUM125 - Introduction to Music
Course examines music through a basic stylistic survey. Content includes the vocabulary of sounds (rhythm, pitch, intensity and timbre), instruments and forms as illustrated by music from medieval times to the present. Music of Western civilization emphasized and compared to music from other cultures.IAI F1 900
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: F1 900

HUM126 - Introduction to Music Theater
Course surveys the musical, dramatic and stylistic development of music theater, from the year 1600 to the present. Content includes selected major works of opera, operetta, musicals and ballet. Focus is on the cultural framework that gives rise to these art forms.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HUM127 - Introduction to Philosophy
Course focuses on the most fundamental questions that human beings have always asked. Topics include a critical examination of theories about reality and truth, moral values and social justice, personal identity and free will, aesthetic values, and systems of religious beliefs.IAI H4 900
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H4 900

HUM131 - Introduction to Theater
Course offers an introductory survey of theater as a performing art form. Content includes analysis of historical, social, aesthetic and technical aspects of traditional and contemporary theatrical expression. This is an appreciation class, not a performance class.IAI F1 907
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: F1 907

HUM133 - Introduction to Architecture
Course introduces architectural thought and practice from the Egyptians to the present. Content includes philosophical and practical problems of providing habitable spaces for human beings.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

HUM140 - Introduction to Women's Studies
Course introduces the interdisciplinary field of women’s studies that seeks to understand and challenge gender inequalities. Course traces the philosophical, literary and historical emergence of the women’s studies discipline to explore the many ways it has addressed our cultural experiences.IAI H9 900
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H9 900

HUM142 - Women and Creativity
Course explores selected creative work done by women. Content includes literature, art, music, film, and philosophy; may also explore women’s creativity as manifested through shaping of community and domestic institutions, and through domestic arts. Focus may be either historical or contemporary.IAI HF 907D
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: HF 907D

HUM160 - Introduction to Film
Course offers a survey of the historical development of film, emphasizing a study of films and innovations in film production that have had significant influence on film as an art form. Topics include basic film language, editing, light, sound,camera movement, and related topics. IAI F2 909
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $20
IAI Code: F2 909

HUM161 - Global Cinema
Course offers a survey of the historical development of global cinema outside of Hollywood and the United States, emphasizing a study of films and innovations in film production, distribution, and exhibition, as well as changes in national identity, that have had significant influence on cinema as an international art form.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: F2 909

HUM165 - Introduction to World Music
Course introduces world music. Content includes musical performance, instruments, basic music theory, and the cultural significance of music; several Asian, Middle Eastern, and African cultures will be considered.IAI F1 903N
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: F1 903N

HUM210 - World Mythologies
Course explores the nature of mythology. Content includes themes, archetypal figures and situations, symbolism and figurative language found in selected folklore and legendary narratives.IAI H9 901
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H9 901

HUM220 - Asian Humanities
Course offers an interdisciplinary and comparative survey of the intellectual and artistic achievements of several Asian cultures. Content includes examination of literature, philosophy, visual art, music, and other performing arts.IAI HF 904N
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: HF 904N

HUM242 - Women, Art and Culture
Course focuses on women as both creators and subjects of visual art. Through examining individual art works, course participants will consider how gender is relevant to the definition, creation and appreciation of visual art. Instructors maytake either a topical or historical approach to course content.IAI F2 907D
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: F2 907D

HUM260 - Perspectives on Film
Course presents different modes of filmmaking. Content includes narrative, documentary, and animation; variety of current critical methodologies for studying film, such as genre theory, authorship theory, star theory, national cinema, feminist film theory, and structuralist theory (hero studies).IAI F2 908
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
IAI Code: F2 908

HUM290 - Topics in Humanities
Course explores selected topics in music, film, art history, architecture, or any other humanities discipline. Course content varies. May focus on a single artist or composer, group of artists or composers, stylistic period, or particular trendsduring one such period. Representative course titles might include: Mozart’s Late Opera, Contemporary American Film, or Chicago Architecture. Course can be repeated on different topics up to three times. Prerequisite may vary by topic.
1-4 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-4; lab: 1-4)

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