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HUM 308 Global Humanities: Ancient Cultures

This course explores expressive culture, including oral and written traditions, arts, music, and architecture of the ancient world with an emphasis on the formal, aesthetic, and relevant geopolitical contexts of human creativity. Students will learn how the formal analysis of a variety of ancient artifacts leads scholars to insights about humanistic expression, constructions of self and other, and cultural values and ideals. While the course may include discussion of work from ancient Greece or Rome, it will draw additional emphases from two or more of the following areas: North Africa, Mesopotamia, Persia, East Asian, South Asia, and Central and South America. All texts will be in English or English translation.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 14, 2023 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Distinguish important themes, aesthetic characteristics, artistic genres, and expressive practices of ancient peoples, including those that have been historically marginalized in civilizational studies
  • Explain allusions to ancient cultures¿ traditions in contemporary contexts.
  • Accurately situate works of expressive culture of ancient peoples in relation to geography, history, and philosophy and/or religion
  • Evaluate texts and artifacts from multiple perspectives and recognize the connections between different cultural practices of the ancient world.
  • Apply academic research conventions (including the building of skills related to summary, annotation, analysis, and evaluation of primary and secondary sources) to the study of the humanities.
  • Engage respectfully and dynamically with peers in a way that encourages scholarly community, and individual academic development.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.

Fall 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Global Humanities: Ancient Cultures Snyder, Sarah Books for HUM-308-50 Fall 2024 Course details for HUM-308-50 Fall 2024