The three Core Humanities courses comprise the humanities component of the Core Curriculum of the University of Nevada. The courses were designed by humanities faculty (and others) and, when the Core Curriculum was instituted in 1989, they replaced an existing menu of departmental humanities "group requirements" from which students chose three courses.
The Core Humanities courses thus have two goals:
Faculty teaching in the Core Humanities program have been participating in assessment activities to determine the success of the program in meeting its objectives with respect to student learning. The learning objectives of the program have been articulated to reflect the unique place of the program's three courses in the university's Core Curriculum. The Core Curriculum Board established Learning Objectives for the entire Core Curriculum early in the spring of 2006, and Core Humanities refined its specific Learning Objectives soon thereafter. Those objectives include written and oral performance standards that build on skills introduced in the Core Writing sequence to support the larger communication objectives of all courses in the Core. The objectives also reflect the important role of the Core Humanities program in introducing critical thinking skills in the undergraduate curriculum. In addition, course learning outcomes differentiate the roles of the three courses of our sequence: CH 201, Ancient and Medieval Cultures; CH 202, The Modern World; and CH 203, American Experience and Constitutional Change.
- As the introductory humanities core courses, they provide students the experience of working with the basic tools of the humanities disciplines: clear writing, close reading of primary texts, practice with oral expression of serious ideas, awareness of modes of discourse, sensitivity to cultural differences, understanding and evaluating the past, and reflecting upon the cultural implications of arts, technologies, and scientific discoveries.
- As interdisciplinary courses in the traditions of the West, they expose students to the cultural diversity that finds expression in the modern West, and they also make students aware of the great diversity of sources from which our cultural legacies derive and show the richness of the historical debate over the ideas that continue to shape us as Americans.