Arts and Humanities

Upcoming Course Offerings

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Arts and Humanities – Spring, 2014 


LCC 250  Thinking About Art/Thinking Through Art  

This course explores the tools and strategies important in the interpretation of literature and the arts and encourages an appreciation of the role of literature and the arts in social, political, and cultural life. It promotes understanding of and appreciation for the creative expression of shared cultural beliefs in various historical periods of cultures around the world and examines literature and the arts as potential critiques of culture. Co-curricular opportunities are included, especially in connection or conjunction with the Atrium Gallery. Cr 3.

Kaitlin Briggs     1 pm Tuesdays on campus


HUM 120 / ENG 120 Introduction to Literature
This course is designed to introduce students to four basic literary genres: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. Through a combination of lectures, small group discussions, exercises, readings, and weekly writing assignments, students will work toward mastering a basic understanding of literature. Students will learn how to improve their writing, as well as their ability to read and analyze literature. This course has been approved by the State Department of Education for content area in secondary English. Cr 3.

Lisa Giles     4-6:30pm Wednesdays on campus 


HUM 230 Digital Photography

Working with digital cameras, students will learn to see photographically in color. They will gain a better understanding of color relationships using color as design elements and the overall artistic and aesthetic uses of color photography. Students will learn controls of their camera's software. Adobe Photoshop software will be the primary tool used for image control and manipulation. Cr 3.

Thurston Howes     1 pm Thursdays on campus


HUM 295 Creative Expression in Drawing  - 

In this course, students will study drawing as a means to enhance powers of observation, imagination and expression.  The elements of line, shape, composition, value and texture will be explored in classroom drawing exercises and assignments and out of class drawing experiences.  Basic drawing techniques will be introduced in a variety of media.  Assignments will be geared to develop each individual's ability to make drawings of objects from the natural world and drawings based on the expression of ideas.  Cr. 3

James Strickland     1pm Wednesdays on campus


HUM 304 Writing Children's Literature: How to Craft Compelling Stories
An exploration of how real life stories, details, characters, and voices combine with images to create compelling children's stories. This course includes lecture, class discussion and writing workshops. This course has been approved by the State Department of Education for content area in secondary English Cr 3.

Barbara Walsh     Online 


HUM 322 Professional Communications

This hands-on course will explore the types of writing and other forms of communication we use in a professional setting. By studying examples of writing in context and by creating original work, we will examine how get the point across in clear, concise and compelling language. We will also address creating strong and effective visual and verbal communication.  Cr. 3

Pat Hager      1 pm Tuesdays  on campus


HUM 326 World History and Geography II
This is the second in a series of two courses that are designed to help students become more knowledgeable participants in today's rapidly changing world. Its goal is to make links between global history and modern world situations, as well as find the locations on a map. In other words, it is a primer in "global citizenship." This course covers the period from the Age of Modern Exploration (ca. 1500) to the present. Prerequisite: Only students with more than 45 credits are permitted to take this course. This course has been approved by the State Department of Education for content area in secondary Social Studies Cr 3.

Barry Rodrigue     Online


HUM 330 International Labor, Literature, and the Arts
This course is designed to develop an appreciation for the diverse forms of work and labor-organizing around the world and their expression through literature and the arts. We will look at songs, films, murals, magazines, poetry, cartoons, novels, short stories, biographies, and more. Although we will consider work historically, our primary goal is to develop an international view of labor in the modern world. This course has been approved by the State Department of Education for content area in secondary English. Cr 3.

Barry Rodrigue     Online


HUM 335 Working with Writers

This one-credit course provides training for Writing Assistants who work at the LAC Writing Center. Topics covered include basic composition theory, the Writing Center as a workplace, tutoring in digital formats, helping writers across the curriculum, and communication skills. The course prepares Writing Assistants for CRLA (College Reading and Learning Association) certification. The course may be taken three times (to align with the three levels of CRLA certification). Permission of instructor required. Cr. 1

Pat Hager     Noon-1pm Wednesdays on campus


HUM/SBS 358 Representations of Motherhood
This course examines the ways in which motherhood is represented in various cultural forms (including film, literature and political rhetoric) and from within different historical and cultural contexts. Contemporary psychological theories will be considered in terms of how they are used to prescribe normative demands on women and mothers and also how they attribute various powers to mothers that then contribute to the construction of particular social policies and practices. This course has been approved by the State Department of Education for content area in secondary Social Studies. Cr. 3.

Rose Cleary     1pm Thursdays blended


HUM 385 Global Past, Global Present 

This course is a thematic survey of global history from its origins to the present. Its aim is to provide a wide contextualized understanding of human existence in a new format that is called “Big History,” a concept that integrates knowledge from the natural and social sciences with the humanities. The result is a more realistic understanding of how humans fit into the vast expanse of the universe. As a part of this survey, students will consider some of the challenges of modern globalization, with an important theme being the quest to develop sustainable and ethical lifestyles. The overall focus of this course will be on what such knowledge might mean in everyday life and how we as responsible individuals and a responsible species should conduct ourselves in this world. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Offered fall, spring. This course has been approved by the State Department of Education for content area in secondary Social Studies. Cr 3. 

Barry Rodrigue     Online


HUM 460 Franco-American Community and Archives Work
This course will consist of directed study and work with the Franco-American Collection. The largest repository of Franco-American documents in Maine and one of the largest in the United States, the Collection is home to a wide variety of letters, diaries, oral histories, newspapers, scrapbooks, maps, audio recordings, photographs, books, and academic papers. This diverse material comes from the Androscoggin Valley, other parts of Maine, the Northeast, and from around North America. Projects will include locating and obtaining materials, their conservation and preservation, cataloguing and accessioning documents, as well as projects of public service and community outreach. This course has been approved by the State Department of Education for content area in secondary English. Cr 3.

James Myall     9am Tuesdays blended