Each of these courses are four credit hours, as opposed to the "standard" three hours by which most classes here are defined. The reason for this is that every week, students must attend a lecture given to all Humanities students. The Common Lectures offered for each level of Humanities occur on Fridays throughout the day. Most teachers require attendance, and may either call roll or administer short quizzes on lecture material at the beginning of the following week. The Humanities program utilizes sources from an array of academic fields in order to help students develop critical thinking skills and synthesize information. The great thing about the Humanities program is that it asks members of the UNC Asheville faculty (regardless of whether they are actually teaching a section of Humanities that semester) to give a particular Friday lecture. This keeps things interesting and allows students to learn from experts across disciplines.
Following a standard, four-year college experience, students can map their Humanities courses over the course of freshman, sophomore, and junior years, or can take one humanities course each semester if he or she so desires. The final, or capstone course, also four hours, is to be taken only by students who have completed over 75 hours of study, and who have taken all three preceding courses. Here, students have some flexibility: they can choose to take either "Humanities 414: Individual in the Contemporary World" or "Liberal Studies 479: Cultivating Global Citizenship." There is a slight difference between the two courses in terms of required texts and focus points, which the image at the end of this post outlines in more depth. Although I chose to take LS 479 because it fit well with my schedule, and I like the professor teaching the particular section I chose (Wednesday nights 6:00-9:30), so far I've been very satisfied with the course. I find its connection to real-life issues and dilemmas to be very useful and thought-provoking, and have been able to draw connections to both previous Humanities courses and classes I am currently taking.
A final word on Humanities at UNC Asheville--although the course itself may seem difficult or time-consuming, don't be scared! It's a great resource that will connect you not only with your fellow students and teachers, but your past, present, and future as well! Check out the link to the Humanities website above for more information, or leave comments if you have questions.
Bonus: Hum 414 vs. LS 479
|HUM 414 "The Individual in the Contemporary World"||"LS 479: Cultivating Global Citizenship"|