Arts and Humanities

Spring Course List 2013

The following is provided for ease of reference only.  To enroll in classes and for the official course catalog, refer to MaineStreet.

HUM 230 Digital Photography

Thurston Howes

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. Credits:  3

Format:  Face to face  Thursdays, 1 – 3:30 p.m.

HUM 299  Creative Expression in Drawing

Gail Skudera

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. Credits:  3

Format:  Face to face Tuesdays, 1 – 3:30pm
HUM 300:  Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory

Rose Cleary

This course examines literature and literary theory to understand how language shapes us and how we, in turn, shape language. How are meanings made? How are they received by readers? How do ideas about language change over time and across cultural divides? Why do we value some writings over others? Why is political and other discourse so easily manipulated? We will examine these and other questions as we read from major writers of the 19th and 20th centuries, alongside various approaches to literary and cultural study. Credits   3

Format  Face to Face  Fridays, 9 – 11:30am

HUM 307:  Creative NonFiction:  Telling Stories that Matter

Patricia Hager

This course explores the literary terrain between imaginative literature and journalism. Students study the fictional techniques employed by journalists and examine the questions their work poses about the uneasy boundaries between fact and fiction. Credits  3

Format  Face to Face  Schedule  Thursdays, 1 - 3:30pm

HUM/SBS 349 Trauma: Social, Psychological and Cultural Dimensions

Rose Cleary

This course examines the social, psychological and cultural dimensions of trauma, focusing on the definition of trauma, common responses to traumatic events, and models for conceptualizing responses to trauma.  Psychological and anthropological perspectives on the study of trauma will be complimented through consideration of literary works addressing individual and collective trauma. Credits  3

Format : Face-to-Face Schedule:  Thursdays, 4 – 6:30pm

HUM  369 - Exploring Careers, Choosing Life Roles

Janet K. Etzel

Lynsey Wood

In this mid-level course in the career development series, students relate self-knowledge to career and life roles, with an emphasis on gaining and managing career information; learning various career and life decision-making strategies; and communicating formative academic, co-curricular, and professional experiences in such formats as accomplishment statements and informal interviews. Prerequisite: LCC 123 or LCC 345.   Credits 1.5.
This is a seven-week class that is designed to be accompanied by HUM 413 - 21st Century Job Skills.
Format: Face-to-Face Schedule Thursdays, 11:45AM - 12:45PM

HUM 399:  Midlife and Adult Development:  Unfolding Stories

Jan Hitchcock

A consideration of the ongoing challenges and opportunities for development throughout the adult years, with emphasis on midlife and its associated physical, personality, and sociocultural processes. Psychological and other social science perspectives on the study of midlife will be complemented by examples from field interviews, folk tales, and imaginative literature. Credits  3

Format : Face-to-Face Schedule:  Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8pm

HUM 399:  Ethnicity, Immigration and Identity: a focus on Lewiston  

Christine Young

This course will focus on concepts of ethnicity, immigration, and identity, exploring them in the history and current experiences in the city of Lewiston.  We will explore how ethnic identity is defined and why people emigrate. We will address the notions of stereotyping, discrimination, assimilation, accommodation, ethnic cleansing, and genocide.  We will probe the political, economic, and social concomitants of immigration and how these affect pluralism, inter-group relations and trans-generational transformations in immigrant populations. Credits  3

Format : Face-to-Face Schedule:  Tuesdays, 4-6:30pm

HUM 399: 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.  Credits: 1

Format: Face-to-Face.  Schedule: Wednesdays, 12-1 pm

HUM 413: Job Skills for the 21st Century

Janet Etzel

Mary Lafontaine

In this final course in the career development series, students assume active agency in career planning through learning how to market themselves to prospective employers. They learn to create and use the tools needed for career placement, such as cover letters, resumes, and interviews. Credits: 1.5

Prerequisite: HUM 369. This is a seven-week class that is can be taken concurrently with HUM 369 - Exploring Careers, Choosing Life Roles

Format: Face-to-Face, Schedule: Thursdays 11:45 am - 12:45 pm



HUM 447: Internship

Leigh Mundhenk

This online course provides students the opportunity to work in their chosen field to evaluate their interest and acquire basic skills needed to market themselves effectively. Students participate in an online seminar in which they learn about and reflect on workplace issues. Students wishing to take more than 3 credit hours must have permission from their faculty advisors. Credits: 3-6

Prerequisite: HUM 413.  

Format: Online