The Catholic University of America

Course Descriptions

Metro: Humanities (MHU)

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MHU 120: Intro to Art

3.00 Credits

Survey of the visual arts from prehistory to the late Middle Ages, with emphasis on broad understanding of artistic style in relation to culture and history.

MHU 131: Presiding,Presenting,Speaking

3.00 Credits

For the individual who must communicate effectively to large or small groups. Given in workshop format, with specific techniques immediately useful to improve confidence and performance in presenting reports and recommendations, presiding as a chair, or speaking to live audiences.

MHU 140: Writing Skills

3.00 Credits

An intensive composition course treating basic grammar, sentence structure, organization, and elements of writing style.

MHU 151: Rhetoric and Composition

3.00 Credits

An intensive composition course including a review of grammar rules, writing and rhetorical principles, logic, and the rules of evidence as applied to research, expository, and argumentative writing.

MHU 152: Composition and Research

3.00 Credits

Teaches the research skills individuals need during and after their college careers, including researching topics, preparing bibliographies, and gathering data, documenting and organizing research, and writing and presenting a research report.

MHU 203: Leadership in the Classics

3.00 Credits

This course will be an investigation of moral leadership in the specific areas of pacifism and civil disobedience.

MHU 204: Creative Writing

3.00 Credits

While your fiction is the focus of this class, you will be required to read extensively, keep a journal, and give written comments to your fellow students. As well as a few short writing assignments, the Instructor will expect you to submit four short stories to the workshop. While there are no strict deadlines for the submission of these stories, you need to roughly stick to one story every four weeks. Some of you may be wondering exactly what a short story is and how long your stories should be. Joyce Carol Oates provides wise guidance: "My personal definition of the form is that it represents a concentration of imagination, and not an expression; it is no more than 10,000 words; and, no matter its mysteries or experimental properties, it achieves closure- meaning that, when it ends, the attentive reader understands why."

MHU 205: Creative Writng: Poetry

3.00 Credits

This course is designed to improve your poems and poetry writing skills. While you will choose the topics and forms of the poems you submit to the workshops, classes will be enhanced with in-class writings and discussions of craft and the landscape of American poetry. Readings and out-of-class writings, both topically and formally driven, will be assigned. The formal exercises will help you express yourselves in various rhythms and patterns, and the topical exercises will allow you to tap into new perspectives and tucked-away portions of your memories.

MHU 206: Professional Ethics in Literature

3.00 Credits

no description available

MHU 210: American Culture

3.00 Credits

Study of social customs, folklore, popular culture, and the mass media at given periods in American life; the literary and religious roots; conflict and consensus in music and art.

MHU 211: Cultural Diversity in American Literature

3.00 Credits

no description available

MHU 236: Art of the Early Middle Ages: Celts to Charlemagne

3.00 Credits

This course will survey important surviving works of Christian art from the early medieval period, focusing in particular on the incredible fusion of artistic traditions of the Germanic 'barbarian' tribes and the art of late Rome and the Christian empire of Byzantium in the East. We will look closely at decorative arts, such as metalwork, stone and ivory carving, manuscript illustration, and textiles of western Europe in the early middle ages, from the 5th to 10th centuries.

MHU 261: Western Literature

3.00 Credits

Ancient and medieval literature, with an emphasis on the epic tradition from Homer to Dante.

MHU 262: Western Literature II

3.00 Credits

The development of "Modern" consciousness from Romanticism to Realism to 20th Century writers such as Doris Lessing, Ellison, Kafka, Achebe, and Garcia-Marquez.

MHU 320: Film and Literature

3.00 Credits

Novels and short stories have been interpreted for film and television; studies the differences and similarities of the two art forms.

MHU 326: Writing Improvement Workshop

3.00 Credits

no description available

MHU 327: Professional Research and Writing

3.00 Credits

A writing course required of all transfer students, this course will emphasize proper citation and proper academic, as well as, business writing.

MHU 360: Minorities in America

3.00 Credits

Traces the experience of minorities in America from the slaves who arrived in Jamestown to women in the 1990s; from the ethnic migrations of the late nineteenth century to the boat people a century later.

MHU 361: American Literature

3.00 Credits

Selected writers from the Puritans to the Civil War.

MHU 362: American Literature II

3.00 Credits

Selected writers from the Civil War to the present.

MHU 363: African-American Literature

3.00 Credits

A survey of the principal contributors to American literature made by Black writers, especially in the twentieth century, including slave narratives and early protest writing, the debate between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois, the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Ann Petry, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, the Black Arts Movement, and contemporary writers such as Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Charles Johnson and August Wilson.

MHU 367: African-American History

3.00 Credits

no description available

MHU 368: Civil Rights in America:1950 to the Present

3.00 Credits

A survey history of the issues, leaders, legislation, and activities of the modern Civil Rights Movement from 1950 to the present.

MHU 370: The Jazz Age

3.00 Credits

A survey of American literature after World War I. The course will include F. Scott Fitzgerald's, The Great Gatsby and "The Diamond Big as the Ritz" & Other Stories, Ernest Hemingway's, In Our Time or Men Without Women, Edna St. Vincent Millay's First Fig & Other Poems, Willa Cather's, My Antonia or selected short stories, Eugene O'Neill's, The Emperor Jones OR Anna Christie. Selections from The Harlem Renaissance Reader and 101 Great American Poems will be covered as well.

MHU 371: International Cultures in American Literature

3.00 Credits

This course is a close study of selected works of fiction and poetry of American literature about international cultures, especially in the twentieth and twenty-first century. The instructional method is lecture and discussion.

MHU 372: The Jazz Age and The Harlem Renaissance

3.00 Credits

no description available

MHU 373: Literature of the Depression Era

3.00 Credits

no description available

MHU 410: Women's Literature

3.00 Credits

A social, psychological, and literary exploration of writings by or about women.

MHU 490: Topics in the Humanities

3.00 Credits

From time to time, special offerings presented to discuss specific topics in the humanities. Prerequisites: at least one 400-level course and junior standing.