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HUMN500 - Humanities: Research, Study and Use

Course Details

Course Code: HUMN500 Course ID: 3633 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This is the first course in the graduate humanities program. It is designed to introduce the student to the theory, concept, and general approach to a program of study centered on civilization’s great works, authors, and ideas. Course topics include how to approach study of the great works, authors, and ideas; a philosophy grounded in the classical/liberal tradition; and the university and curricular concepts centered on the great ideas. Students are expected to use this course to orient themselves for the remainder of the graduate humanities curriculum, prepare for a life of focused and purposeful study based on fundamental concepts and a particular modus of thought and reflection, and apply themselves within a general framework of knowledge acquisition and application. Readings for this course include Adler and Van Doren's How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

  • Develop active, syntopical reading skills required of graduate study.
  • Formulate a definition of the Great Books tradition.
  • Evaluate the significance of reading/studying the great works, authors, and ideas.
  • Critique selected texts of the Great Books canon.
  • Assess the history of and critical debate over the Great Books tradition.
  • Produce an interdisciplinary research paper of publishable length and quality that demonstrates an ability to read, think, and write critically at the graduate level.
Book Title:How to Read a Book - eBook available in the APUS Online library
Author:Adler, M. and Charles Van Doren
Unit Cost:$18.39
Book Title:Course materials will change for August & beyond start dates. Please email for an updated booklist.
Publication Info:Open Web Sources

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.