Liberal Arts Core

LAC Category 2A Goals and Outcomes

Goal: The purpose of Humanities 1, 2, and 3 is to acquaint students with the Western tradition as expressed in its literature, philosophy, religion,  politics, arts, sciences, and technology. The study both of history and of core texts in their contexts is central to this process. Humanities 1, 2, and 3  share the broader goals of the Liberal Arts Core, including the development of core skills such as reading, writing, and critical inquiry.

Outcome 1: Students who complete Humanities 1, 2, and/or 3 should be able to explain the contents of the works of literature, religion,  philosophy, etc. which they were assigned; be able to place those works in the historical and/or cultural context within which they were written;  and discuss what importance they have for the intellectual and/or religious tradition of the West. 

Outcome 2: Be able to place major works of art, sculpture, and architecture within the periods and cultures to which they belong, and discuss how  those works relate to intellectual, religious, or historical developments in those periods and cultures.

Outcome 3: Identify significant historical events and developments in the periods which they studied, discuss this origins, how they relate to  intellectual, religious, and other cultural developments, and their importance for Western civilization.