Core Humanities at the University of Nevada

The Core Humanities courses are challenging. Students engage in extensive reading and analysis of primary sources to develop a sense of the ideas and events that influenced human development over time. The courses are writing-intensive so that students can practice presenting persuasive arguments supported by evidence from the texts. There is also a discussion component that provides opportunities for practicing oral expression skills through thoughtful dialogue with other students. The focus on critical thinking and effective communication provides the foundation that students need to succeed in more advanced classes in their majors and in their careers beyond UNR. All Core Humanities courses satisfy Core Objective 5 (History and Culture) of the Silver Core Curriculum. In addition, CH 212 satisfies Core Objective 9 (Science, Technology and Society) and CH 203 satisfies Core Objective 8 (Constitution).

  • CH 201: Ancient and Medieval Cultures surveys the cultures of the Near East, Greece, Rome, and the European Middle Ages. Students learn about the cultural and historical origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and explore the roots of philosophy and science. Core themes that are examined through the assigned texts and images include concepts like heroism, justice, and romantic love. (CO5)
  • CH 202: The Modern World uses texts, images, and music to trace Europe’s interactions with other parts of the world and the legacy of those interactions in shaping ideas, institutions, and cultures from the early modern era to the present. Cultural artifacts of the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, the period of revolution and romanticism, and the twentieth century are examined and discussed. Core themes include the impact of science and industry, political revolutions, colonialism, postcolonialism, and globalization. (CO5)
  • CH 212: Science, Technology and Society in the Modern Era may be taken as an alternative to CH 202 (students may take either CH 202 or CH 212, but not both). This courses examines the same time period and intellectual and cultural movements as CH 202 with an emphasis on how scientific and technological developments have affected modern societies. (CO5, CO9)
  • CH 203: American Experiences and Constitutional Change provides an overview of ideas, institutions, and identities in America from the colonial period to the present. The course incorporates material from a variety of disciplines to explore concepts such as liberty, democracy, individualism, federalism, civil rights, environmentalism, industrialization, urbanization, and cultural diversity. This course satisfies the U.S. and Nevada constitution requirements. (CO5, CO8)
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