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The Humanities Experience
The Humanities is a multidisciplinary field. The studies are broad and encompassing, but quite comprehensive. Each investigation into culture includes visual art, music, theatre, cinema, literature, philosophy, religion, anthropology, world languages, dance, and cuisine.
What is the "humanities experience"?
In our humanities courses, we start with an open-minded premise: why do we think what we think and why do we behave how we behave. Asking the question why helps us connect to the studies in personal ways. We look for diverse perspectives ranging from both historical and contemporary points of view, and make deep connections with the peoples of the past and the peoples from around the world. The humanities experience asks students to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, creative, and effective communicators. In both written and oral formats, students share their ideas in logical, respectful, and meaningful ways, while analyzing the strengths of arguments made by peers as well as experts.
WCC humanities students start with a natural curiosity about the fundamental questions which have challenged humankind since its inception. Wrestling with those ideas about where we come from, why we are here, what is the meaning of life, and where do we go after we die, all become central to the humanities experience. We address sensitive, and often controversial topics, in order to broaden our horizons, but we always do so in a thoughtful, academic way. Students leave the WCC humanities courses with insight and wisdom, in order to best think creatively and critically about the world in which they live. In short, WCC humanities courses focus on developing beautiful insights into everything, crafting a meaningful understanding of our world, and honing a sense of clarity of the human experience, then and now.
Survey of the Humanities (HUM 101)
This is a broad course which introduces students to a view of their inherited culture through the examination of literature, art, music, architecture, philosophy, drama film and religion. The emphasis is twofold: on cultural history and on the present. Materials are organized in terms of issues and ideas.
The Global Village (HUM 102)
This general humanities course introduces the student to the literature, art, music, religion and film of several continents of the world. The emphasis is on a worldwide understanding of the humanities.
Modern Culture and the Arts (HUM 201)
This course provides experiences in contemporary art forms in literature, music and graphics, and discusses the forces influencing these arts in the 20th and 21st centuries. An investigation of the values of a culture inundated by changing technology is also included.