Goal 6 - Humanities and Fine Arts

A minimum of nine credits, including two courses from two different disciplines.  All languages count as one discipline.

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ARTS1101
Introduction to Art (Goal 6 & 8)

This course is designed for the beginning student who wishes to get a better understanding of the concepts in art. Master works of art of many cultures, past and present, are examined and analyzed allowing the student to develop an art vocabulary, and knowledge of formal elements and principles of design related to specific works of art. Once basic elements and principles are mastered, the student will gain the confidence to examine, understand, and appreciate any work of art, traditional or contemporary. Recommended for art majors. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 studio)

Also satisfies: Goal 8 - Global Perspective

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ARTS1102
Art History I (Goal 6 & 8)

This course is a survey of historical works of art. Architecture, sculpture, and painting are studied in the context of the periods in which they were produced. Each artistic period is examined in light of social, economic, and cultural significance. This study of artistic expression begins with the earliest attempt at image making and continues through the 15th Century. Recommended for art majors. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 studio)

Also satisfies: Goal 8 - Global Perspective

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ARTS1103
Art History II (Goal 6 & 8)

This course is a survey of art that will begin with the 14th century and proceed to the present. Architecture, sculpture, and painting are viewed in stylistic classes on the basis of their likeness and the periods in which they were produced. Each artistic period is examined in light of social, economic, and human development within each given era. Completing ARTS 1102 before this course enhances student learning. Recommended for art majors. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 studio)

Also satisfies: Goal 8 - Global Perspective

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ARTS1112
Drawing I (Goal 2 & 6)

This course is designed for the beginning drawing student and provides a fundamental experience with drawing materials and tools in the context of drawing practices. Observational drawing will be stressed. Additionally, students will work from imagination, master drawings and photographic sources. Studio problems include exercises in the manipulation, organization, and control of the visual elements and principles of design. This course concludes with a beginning experience in drawing with color media. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 2/CT); (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 studio)

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ARTS1119
Cultural Arts (Goal 6 & 8)

This course is designed to introduce students to artworks found and produced in diverse cultures around the globe. Students will utilize craft media to experience the arts and use a variety of cultural perspectives to develop an appreciation and greater understanding of the cultural diversity existing in the art world. The relationship between the material culture (arts and crafts) and non-material culture (values and beliefs) of a society will be researched and analyzed to develop a sense of aesthetics applied to artworks from diverse cultures.MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 studio)

Also satisfies: Goal 8 - Global Perspective

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ARTS1122
2 Dimensional Design (Goal 2 & 6)

This course is an introduction to the study of the principles and elements of design. Assignments will focus on the student's ability to translate the design concepts into two-dimensional (2-D) works of art. Structured projects enable students to critically explore 2-D design. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 2/CT); (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 studio)

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ARTS1123
3 Dimensional Design (Goal 2 & 6)

This foundation course presents the concept of art in three-dimensional (3-D) as seen in a variety of sculptural works that span time and cultures. Exploration of arts and humanities through interaction with a variety of 3-D media in expressing concepts in visual communication will develop an awareness of aesthetics in both process and finished works of art. Formal critiques of art work, personal and others will expand the creative process and develop an appreciation of 3-D design. The study and analysis of the elements and principles of design as they apply to the composition of 3-D art will provide the students with the foundation needed to create these works of art while also experiencing a variety of media to discover their possibilities for expression and communication. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 2/CT); (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 studio)

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ARTS1222
Ceramics I (Goal 6 & 8)

This course explores ceramics from an historical and a global perspective developing an appreciation of ceramic works of art. Arts and humanities are explored through research in the discipline of ceramics and interaction with clay as media. This exploration will develop an awareness of aesthetics in both process and finished works of art. Formal critiques of art work, personal and others, will expand the creative process and develop appreciation for ceramics. This course covers the foundations and fundamentals of creating in clay. Basic hand building and wheel techniques will be introduced through hands-on instruction. The philosophies and processes of working with clay will be experienced from conception through the finished fired state. Techniques will be demonstrated by the instructor to teach the skill involved and to appreciate the possibilities of each. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 studio)

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ARTS1226
Painting I (Goal 2 & 6)

This course is an introduction to fundamentals of acrylic painting, methods and materials. Beginning students will learn how to utilize acrylic painting techniques. This course will allow the student to discover the properties of acrylic paint and how to control consistency, thinning, drying, application, compatibility with other media, types of brushes and supports that will aid the student toward the completion of an art work. After studio problems of acrylic painting techniques are explored, the student will be encouraged to experiment on their own exploring heightened acrylic painting possibilities. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 2/CT); (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 studio)

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DIGI1100
Introduction to Digital Media (Goal 2 & 6)

This course is an introductory exposure to the creative process, integrating fundamental aspects of art, music, theatre, and film with new technology in digital media. Students will apply learned visual, aural, and design principals by creating and editing digital images, sound, and video using the Mac OS. Students will address multimedia concepts in the development and creation of a final interdisciplinary project. MnTC (Goals 2/CT and 6/HU); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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ENGL1103
Introduction to Literature (Goal 6 & 8)

This is an introductory literature course designed to increase a student's critical and analytical skills in reading. Included is a study of literature by genre: the short story, drama, poetry and the novel. Emphasis in the selections is on American and English literature although some works in translation are read. Critical and interpretive papers are required. MnTC (Goals 6/ HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 8 - Global Perspective

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ENGL1113
Creative Writing: Nonfiction (Goal 6 & 7)

This is an introductory writing course in creative nonfiction. In lecture/workshop format, students examine models, then write and revise essays drawn from personal experience, memory, observation and reflection. Writing is shared in small groups and/or individual conferences. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and Goal 7/HD); (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 7 - Human Diversity

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ENGL1115
Creative Writing: Fiction (Goal 6 & 7)

This is an introductory writing course in creative fiction. In lecture/workshop format, students examine fiction models, noting technique for creating believable character, dialogue and conflict. Students then create one or several works of fiction. Writing is shared in small groups and/or individual conferences. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and Goal 7/HD); (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 7 - Human Diversity

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ENGL1131
Fiction (Goal 6 & 7)

This course is the analytic study of short stories and novels. British and American authors are emphasized, though some literature in translation is read. Focus is on how to read narrative fiction with maximum understanding and critical judgment. MnTC (Goal 6/HU and 7/HD); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 7 - Human Diversity

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ENGL1132
Ethnic Literature (Goal 6 & 7)

This course explores literary works from a variety of American ethnic groups. Focus is on the text as a work of art created by an ethnic writer. Students will examine ways in which the writer's ethnicity may influence the text, the ways the text reflects/critiques/endorses the writer's ethnic group, and the ways the text reflects/critiques/endorses the dominant culture. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and Goal 7/HD); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 7 - Human Diversity

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ENGL2000
Advanced Creative Writing (Goal 2 & 6)

This is an introductory writing course in creative prose and poetry.  In lecture/workshop format, students examine and evaluate creative writing models and peer writing, noting word choice, rhythm, character development and conflict.  Students will create a portfolio of their writing to be shared in small groups and/or individual conferences.  Students will also participate in the organization and facilitation of a creative arts journal open to all Riverland students.
MnTC (Goals 6 /HU and 2/CT); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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ENGL2231
Modern Literature (Goal 6 & 7)

This course explores literary developments from World War I to the present, drawing readings from a variety of genres and cultures. Emphasis will be placed not only on analysis and understanding of the texts, but on the social, historical, cultural, and psychological factors that influence and shape literature of the 20th century. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 7/HD); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 7 - Human Diversity

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ENGL2241
American Literature I (Goal 6 & 7)

This course explores developments in American Literature between 1492 and 1865. Students will explore both historical and formal developments affecting literature of this period, as well as similarities/differences among the works covered. Specific issues addressed may include early written representations of America, the influence of Puritanism on American writers, important documents of the Federalist period, and the American Romantic movement, including Transcendentalism. MNTC (Goals 6/HUand 7/HD); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 7 - Human Diversity

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ENGL2242
American Literature II (Goal 6 & 7)

This course explores developments in American Literature between 1865 and the present. Students will explore both historical and formal developments affecting literature of this period, as well as the similarities/differences among the works covered. Some of the specific issues addressed include the rise of Realism and Naturalism, Regionalism and Post-Modernism. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 7/HD); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 7 - Human Diversity

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ENGL2251
English Literature (Goal 6 & 9)

This course requires students to read, understand, and appreciate the different periods of English literature. The significant works of major English authors from the time of Chaucer to the present are studied. Authors include Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Swift, Pope, Blake, Wordsworth, Keats, Browning, Yeats, Joyce, Eliot, and Auden. Terminology associated with literary analysis will allow students the insight into the human experience through literature. Critical reading, thinking, and writing skills are emphasized.Previous course work in literature is recommended. MNTC (Goals 6/HU and 9 EC); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 Lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 9 - Ethical & Civic Responsibility

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ENGL2255
Introduction to Shakespeare (Goal 2 & 6)

This course requires students to read, discuss, and analyze some of Shakespeare's major works, including comedies, histories, tragedies, romances, and poetry. Emphasis will be placed on the historical context in which the works were created (including Elizabethan dramatic conventions), the aesthetic value and power of his work, and his continuing influence on literature and drama. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 2/CT); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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HUMA1101
Humanities I (Goal 6 & 8)

This course examines the artifacts of prehistory and the birth of civilizations in Egypt and ancient Sumer. An examination of the Classical legacy, the contribution of Greece and Rome, is followed by a study of the patterns of life and art in the Medieval West. The course culminates in a study of the flowering of ideas and arts of the Renaissance. In all content areas instruction will focus and emphasis will be placed on history, literature, art, philosophy, architecture, music, and archeology. This course may also include arts and culture in non-Western societies. MnTC Goals (6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 8 - Global Perspective

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HUMA1102
Humanities II (Goal 6 & 8)

This course examines the High Renaissance including the challenge of the Protestant Reformation and its response - the Counter Reformation. A view of the Baroque style in art, architecture and literature is counterpointed by examining the rise of science with its confidence in the power of human reason and culminating with an analysis of eighteenth century art, music, and society. Students will investigate the progress from Realism to Modernism in the 19th and 20th Centuries. In all content areas instruction will focus and emphasis will be placed on history, literature, art, philosophy, architecture, music, and archeology. This course may also include arts and culture in non-Western societies. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 8 - Global Perspective

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HUMA1103
Popular Culture (Goal 2 & 6)

This course explores the role and importance of Popular Culture in America. In particular, students will examine the ways their own values and beliefs are shaped by the popular culture surrounding them. The course may include exploration of television, popular music, film, sports, advertising, and cyber culture. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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HUMA2263
Religions of the World (Goal 6 & 10)

This course examines the major world religions and their "sub-groups." Emphasis is placed on when, where and under what influences the various religions developed, the geographical areas of the world where the religions are located, as well as the primary tenents, qualities and characteristics of the religions. The course examines the place and role of religion in human life. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 8 - Global Perspective

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HUMA2265
Honors Religions of the World (Goal 6 & 8)

Students in Honors Religions of the World will examine the major world religions and their “sub-groups.” Emphasis is placed on when, where and under what influences the various religions developed, the geographical areas of the world where the religions are located, as well as the primary tenants, qualities and characteristics of the religions. The course examines the place and role of religion in human life. The honors sections of Religions of the World will ask students to directly engage primary texts from each of the religions studied and strive to encourage and highlight direct experience with individuals, representatives, and sacred places related to the religions studied.  Honors courses will emphasize independent inquiry, informed discussion, and direct application within small transformative classes which feature close working relationships with instructors.  

MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 8 - Global Perspective

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MUSC1101
Music Theory/SS/ET I (Goal 2 & 6)

This course is the first semester of music theory designed for music students, elementary education students, or anyone desiring to learn the basics of music and to develop or improve skills in reading and notating music. It includes pitch and rhythmic notation, major, minor and modal scales, key signatures, triads, beginning melody and harmonization. This course also integrates sight singing and ear training. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 2/CT); (4 Cr - 4 lect, 0 lab)

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MUSC1111
Survey of Music (Goal 6 & 8)

This course is a survey of music and musical style from the beginning of recorded music history through the present. It includes a brief introduction to musical elements and is designed for the student who has little or no training in music. It combines instruction in musical terminology with extensive, critical listening along with an overview of the history of Western music. MnTC (Goal 6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 8 - Global Perspective

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MUSC1123
College Choir (Goal 2 & 6)

This course is a choir that studies and performs works from the broad spectrum of choral literature.  Instruction emphasizes healthy choral/vocal techniques, improved note and score reading, and expanded knowledge of musical notation, terminology, and styles.  This course rehearses 150 minutes per week and does not require an audition.

MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 2/CT); (1 Cr – 1 lect, 0 lab)

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MUSC1124
College Choir (Goal 2 & 6)

This course is a choir that studies and performs works from the broad spectrum of choral literature.  Instruction emphasizes healthy choral/vocal techniques, improved note and score reading, and expanded knowledge of musical notation, terminology, and styles.  This course rehearses 150 minutes per week and does not require an audition.

MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 2/CT); (1 Cr – 1 lect, 0 lab)

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MUSC2123
College Choir (Goal 2 & 6)

This course is a choir that studies and performs works from the broad spectrum of choral literature.  Instruction emphasizes healthy choral/vocal techniques, improved note and score reading, and expanded knowledge of musical notation, terminology, and styles.  This course rehearses 150 minutes per week and does not require an audition.

MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 2/CT); (1 Cr – 1 lect, 0 lab)

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MUSC2124
College Choir (Goal 2 & 6)

This course is a choir that studies and performs works from the broad spectrum of choral literature.  Instruction emphasizes healthy choral/vocal techniques, improved note and score reading, and expanded knowledge of musical notation, terminology, and styles.  This course rehearses 150 minutes per week and does not require an audition.

MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 2/CT); (1 Cr – 1 lect, 0 lab)

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PHIL1130
Ethics (Goal 6 & 9)

This course introduces the student to fundamental ethical principles developed throughout the history of philosophy through the study of classical and modern writings. Students are encouraged and challenged to apply such principles to contemporary issues. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 9/EC); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 9 - Ethical & Civic Responsibility

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PHIL1150
Philosophy of Social Justice (Goal 6 & 9)

This course engages the student in reading and activities intended to explore some of the most fundamental philosophical issues of social justice. Topics include an inquiry into the nature of the state, duties and rights of citizens, and the proper role of the criminal justice system. Philosophical analysis will take place in order to demonstrate the underpinning assumptions and theories behind such issues approaches. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 9/EC); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lect)

Also satisfies: Goal 9 - Ethical & Civic Responsibility

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THTR1100
Introduction to Theatre and Film (Goal 6 & 9)

This course will present an overview of theatre as an art, including a brief history of theatre as well as aspects of directing, acting and designing for the stage.  The study of the 20th century art form of film will conclude the semester, focusing on American film and filming techniques from an historical perspective.  Students will have the opportunity to study the influence of film and theatre on American culture through the viewing of specific films and plays. 

MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 9/EC); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 9 - Ethical & Civic Responsibility

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THTR2100
Beginning Acting (Goal 6 & 7)

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of acting for stage and camera. The class is designed not only for those wanting to improve stage skills, but also for those wanting to present a confident edge needed whenever appearing before a group, personally or professionally. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 7/HD); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 7 - Human Diversity

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THTR2222
Speech for Performance (Goal 6 & 7)

This skills course emphasizes voice production and voice analysis and improvement, including effective breathing, tone, resonance, articulation and pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Students will share with the class selections of prose, poetry, drama and nonfiction demonstrating vocal quality and expression. The analysis of literary selections leads to effective performance choices for voice and body. Students should be aware that there are both academic and performance requirements within the class structure. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 7/HD); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 7 - Human Diversity

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