Humanities Program

Program Manager: Dr. William Serban, (505) 287-6648

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Catalog Course List

The first digit in the course number indicates whether the course is a freshman (1xx) or sophomore (2xx) level course. The next two digits indicate the course sequence. The 3 cr. indicates that the course is a 3-credit course. The (2+4P) means that the class meets for two hours per week for recitation or lecture and also requires 4 hours per week of “practice” (laboratory, field work, or other activities). The suffix N denotes that the course credits will not apply to baccalaureate and specified associate degrees. The suffix G denotes that the course meets General Education common core requirements for transfer to other New Mexico institutions of higher education, as established by the New Mexico Higher Education Department. Note that some courses without a G also meet transfer requirements.

ART-Art

ART 101G. Orientation in Art 3 cr.
A multicultural examination of the principles and philosophies of the visual arts and the ideas expressed through them.

ART 110G. Visual Concepts 3 cr. (2+4P)
Introduction to the philosophies of art, visual thinking, and principles of visual organization. Designed to give students a broad view of aesthetic traditions, ideologies, and techniques basic to the creation and evaluation of art. Principles and concepts are taught in a common lecture and applied in parallel small studio sections. For non-art majors only.

ART 150. Drawing I 3 cr. (2+4P)
Introduction to the skill of seeing through exercises that emphasize careful drawing from the still life and utilize a range of drawing materials and techniques. Outside assignments required.

ART 151. Drawing II 3 cr. (2+4P)
Continued emphasis on drawing from observation by focusing on still life and other subject matter. Covers a range of materials, techniques and concepts. Outside assignments. Prerequisites: ART 150, or consent of instructor. Restricted to majors.

ART 155. 2-D Fundamentals 3 cr.
Introduction to two-dimensional space emphasizing visual design principles as elements and they apply to composition. A variety of materials are used in the studio projects and sketchbook exercises. Developing knowledge in vocabulary, color theory and skill in translating ideas into design are encouraged.

ART 1563-D Fundamentals 3 cr.
Compositional organization of three-dimensional space explored through a broad range of visual exercises. Resourceful and creative problem solving encouraged.

ART 160. Computer-Based Illustration 3 cr. (2+4P)
Introduction to the principles of computerized drawing and design. Using the basic concepts, drawing tools, and vocabulary of Adobe Illustrator. Prerequisite: ART 150, ART 155, or consent of instructor.

ART 161. Digital Imaging I 3 cr. (2+4P)
Work with basic concepts, tools, and vocabulary of Adobe Photoshop to create effective visual communication. Includes selection tools, cloning, copying, and pasting, color correction, image restoration, filters, and special effects. Community Colleges only.

ART 165. Web Page Design 3 cr. (2+4P)
Introduction to the creation of well-designed and organized Web sites. Emphasis on building creative but functional user-friendly sites. Introduction to HTML, Flash, Java Script, and Web-authoring software. Prerequisite: ART 161. Community Colleges only. Same as OEPT 165.

ART 250. Drawing III 3 cr. (2+4P)
Introduction to intensive drawing from the figure with a focus on observation. Outside assignments may be required. Prerequisite: ART 151 (for art majors), or ART 155.

ART 252. Aspects of Drawing2-3 cr.
Continued work in drawing with emphasis on personal creative endeavor. Prerequisites:

ART 150, ART 151, and ART 250. Community Colleges only.

ART 255. Introduction to Graphic Design and Digital Media 3 cr. (2+4P)
Introduction to the principles of visual communication and digital media, with an emphasis on the creation of graphic form and style. Prerequisite: ART 156 for art majors.

ART 256. Introduction to Letter Forms and Typographic Design 3 cr. (2+4P)
Introduction to letter forms, typography, and identity marks. Projects produced using conventional and digital graphic designer tools. Prerequisite(s): ART 155.

ART 260. Painting I 3 cr. (2+4P)
Introduction to basic skills of painting through various exercises that emphasize working from observation.

ART 261. Painting II 3 cr. (2+4P)
The investigation of formal aspects of painting, an examination of painting techniques, and an exploration of various methodologies regarding form and content as applied to critical thinking skills through medium of paint. Prerequisite(s): ART 150, ART 260.

ART 262. Aspects of Painting 2-3 cr.
Varied painting media: continued development of painting skills. Prerequisites: ART 150, ART 155 & 156 (for art majors), ART 260, or consent of instructor.

ART 265. Sculpture I, A-Introduction to Sculpture: Process and Possibility 3 cr. (2+4P)
A series of interpretative assignments incorporating such processes as mold making, welding, and woodworking. Creative problem solving and visual thinking skills emphasized. Examples of contemporary sculpture regularly presented and discussed.

ART 270. Photography I 3 cr. (2+4P)
Introduction to basic skills required for shooting, processing, and printing black and white photographs. Introduction to historical and contemporary photographers and critical issues of the medium. Prerequisite: ART 156 for art majors.

ART 271Introduction to Film and Darkroom 3 cr. (2+4P)
Introduction to silver based photographic materials, film development, enlargement printing and darkroom work. Students will work with a range of cameras including: medium format, toy and pinhole. Emphasis on understanding the syntax of silver halide photographic materials. Development of conceptual vocabulary and the creation of images with thematic unity. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite(s): ART 270.

ART 275. Ceramics I,A 3 cr. (2+4P)
Introduction to clay arts. Techniques of hand building, wheel throwing, and glazing.

ART 276. Ceramics I, B 3 cr. (2+4P)
Beginning ceramics, complementary half to ART 275 (ART 275 and ART 276 do not need to be taken consecutively). Basic building techniques of coil, slab, and throwing are introduced. High-fire and low-fire clays are used.

ART 285. Metals and Jewelry I 3 cr. (2+4P)
Fundamental processes and design necessary for metal fabrication of jewelry, functional and nonfunctional objects. Prerequisites: ART 153 or ART 156 (for art majors), or consent of instructor.

ART 286. Stained Glass 3 cr. (2+4P)
Instruction in the fundamental fabrication and design techniques for stained glass. Introduction to visual decision making skills, historical, and critical issues of the medium. Community Colleges only.

ART 294. Special Topics in Studio 1-3 cr.
Specific subjects and credits to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. No more than 9 credits toward a degree. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

DANC – Dance

DANC 122 1cr.
Introduction to Latin social dance for non dance majors. Students will learn basic Latin dance technique and partnering work.

FREN-French

FREN 111. Elementary French I 4 cr.
French language for beginners.

FREN 112. Elementary French II 4 cr.
French language for beginners. Prerequisite: C or better in FREN 111.

FREN 211. Intermediate French I 3 cr.
Speaking, reading, and writing. Prerequisite: C or better in FREN 112.

FREN 212. Intermediate French II 3 cr.
Speaking, reading, and writing. Prerequisite: C or better in FREN 211.

GOVT-Government

GOVT 100G. American National Government 3 cr.
U.S. constitutional system; legislative, executive and judicial processes; popular and group influence.

GOVT 110G. Introduction to Political Science 3 cr.
This class covers fundamental concepts such as justice, sovereignty and power; political theories and ideologies; and government systems that range from democratic to authoritarian.

GOVT 150G. American Political Issues 3 cr.
Major contemporary problems of American society and their political implications.

GOVT 160G. International Political Issues 3 cr.
Current developments and issues in world politics.

HIST-History

HIST 101G. Roots of Modern Europe 3 cr.
Economic, social, political, and cultural development from earliest times to about 1700.

HIST 102G. Modern Europe 3 cr.
Economic, social, political, and cultural development from 1700 to the present.

HIST 201G. Introduction to Early American History 3 cr.
History of the United States to 1877, with varying emphasis on social, political, economic, diplomatic, and cultural development.

HIST 202G. Introduction to Recent American History 3 cr.
History of the United States since 1877, with varying emphasis on social, political, economic, diplomatic, and cultural development.

HIST 261. New Mexico 3 cr.
Economic, political, and social development from exploration to modern times. Community Colleges only.

HIST 269. Special Topics1-3 cr.
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Community Colleges only. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

LA-Laguna Acoma Studies

L A 101. Introduction to Laguna/Acoma Studies 3 cr.
Covers geography, demography, institutions of modern Laguna and Acoma pueblos with historical overview.

LIB-Library Science

LIB 101. Introduction to Research1 cr.
A practical, hands-on, step-by-step introduction to the basics of university-level library research. Topics include the academic method, plagiarism, selection and use of information resources. (8-week course)

MUS-Music

MUS 101G. An Introduction to Music 3 cr.
Introduction to music for the non-music major to encourage the enjoyment of listening to and understanding the world’s great music from the past to the present.

MUS 201G. History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures 3 cr.
Jazz in popular music as it relates to music history and the development of world cultures.

NAV-Navajo Studies

NAV 101. Introduction to Navajo Studies 3 cr.
Covers geography, demography, institutions of modern Navajo society with historical overview.

NAV 111. Elementary Navajo I 4 cr.
Navajo for beginners with emphasis on speaking skills. Prerequisite: not open to Navajo-speaking students except by consent of instructor.

NAV 112. Elementary Navajo II 4 cr.
Navajo for beginners with emphasis on speaking skills. Prerequisite: C or better in NAV 111 or consent of instructor.

PHIL-Philosophy

PHIL 101G. The Art of Wondering 3 cr.
Introduction to some of the main problems of philosophy, with an emphasis on critical thinking. Philosophy conceived as an aid to living in this world with oneself and with others.

PHIL 136G. The Quest for God 3 cr.
An effort to understand the religious life; a consideration of some of the traditional approaches to God and what it means to be religious.

PHIL 201G. Introduction to Philosophy 3 cr.
Selected problems within the main branches of philosophy: metaphysics, theory of knowledge, ethics. Practice given in critical thinking.

PHIL 223G. Ethics 3 cr.
The philosophical explication of morality. Significant ethical systems developed in the history of Western thought.

SPAN-Spanish

SPAN 111. Elementary Spanish I 4 cr.
Spanish for beginners. Not open to Spanish-speaking students except by consent of instructor. Prerequisite: language placement and assessment by departmental examination.

SPAN 112. Elementary Spanish II 4 cr.
Spanish for beginners. Not open to Spanish-speaking students except by consent of instructor. Prerequisite: language placement and assessment by departmental examination or C or better in SPAN 111.

SPAN 113. Beginning Spanish for Heritage Speakers I 4 cr.
Emphasis on development of heritage Spanish language skills learned at home and/or in the community. Covers listening comprehension, development of vocabulary and cultural activities to help strengthen heritage language and culture. Students who have previously earned a C or better in SPAN 111 or SPAN 112 may not receive credit for this course.

SPAN 211. Intermediate Spanish I 3 cr.
Speaking, reading, and writing. Not open to Spanish-speaking students except by consent of instructor. Prerequisite: language placement and assessment by departmental examination or C or better in SPAN 112.

SPAN 212. Intermediate Spanish II 3 cr.
Speaking, reading, and writing. Not open to Spanish-speaking students except by consent of instructor. Prerequisite: language placement and assessment by departmental examination or C or better in SPAN 211.

SPAN 213. Spanish for Heritage Speakers II 3 cr.
Emphasis on development of heritage language skills learned at home and/or in the community. Covers spoken Spanish, reading activities, and grammar skills to build on existing knowledge of the language.

SPAN 250. Cultures of the Spanish-Speaking World 3 cr.
Familiarization with cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Language variations, history, literature, fine arts, and cultural behavior of mainstream Hispanic cultures including U.S. Prerequisite: either SPAN 111, 112, or 113.

THTR-Theater Arts

THTR 101G. Introduction to Theatre 3 cr.
An appreciation class introducing the non-major to all aspects of theatre. Playwrights, directors, actors, and designers visit the class. Students attend and report on main-stage productions.

THTR 105. Acting for Non-Majors 3 cr.
This course gives non-majors experience in the depth and craft of the actor’s art.

THTR 110. Acting I 3 cr.
Basic understanding of self-expression through a variety of physical exercises, improvisation, and dialogue, culminating in character work.

THTR 130. Script Analysis 3 cr.
Methods of analyzing scripts for the actor, director, designer, technician, and playwright.

THTR 141. Introduction to Stagecraft 3 cr.
Basic techniques used in the construction of scenery, props, and sound. Prerequisite: majors or consent of instructor. Co-requisite: THTR 141L.

THTR 141L. Stagecraft Lab1 cr.
Class members will assist with construction for productions in a studio environment. Prerequisite: majors or consent of instructor. Co-requisite: THTR 141. Graded S/U.

THTR 142. Introduction to Costume Crafts 3 cr.
A survey of all aspects of costuming a theatrical production. Basic construction, use of equipment, knowledge of available materials, dyeing, and millinery. Prerequisite: majors or consent of instructor. Co-requisite: THTR 142L. No audits.

THTR 142L. Costume Craft Lab 1 cr.
Class members will assist in construction for productions in a studio environment. Prerequisite: majors or consent of instructor. Co-requisite: THTR 142. Graded S/U.

THTR 249. Running Crew I1-2 cr.
Students work on a technical aspect of a production in a rehearsal and performance environment. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits.

W S-Women’s Studies

W S 201G. Introduction to Women’s Studies 3 cr.
Analysis of the status of women in society today and history and consequences of gender stratification and inequality from the perspectives of sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science, and other sciences.

W S 202G. Representing Women 3 cr.
Historical and critical examination of women’s contributions to the humanities, with emphasis on the issues of representation that have contributed to exclusion and marginalization of women and their achievements.

W S 250. Special Topics 3 cr.
The topic of course will vary and will be indicated by subtitle. May be cross-listed with relevant courses at the 200-level from any specific department. May be repeated under different subtitle(s).

W S 273. Sex and Gender 3 cr.
Analysis of changes, behaviors, and stereotypes of women and men in contemporary Western societies. Same as SOC 273.