Humanities*

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

College of Arts and Sciences
910 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4620

Phone: 716.645.2191
Fax: 716.645.5981
Web: http://rll.buffalo.edu/rll

Maureen Jameson
Chair
716.645.2191
jameson@buffalo.edu

About the Program

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

The College of Arts and Sciences has developed a number of humanities courses designed to introduce students to literature and the arts, and to illustrate the interrelationship of the humanities and various other disciplines and professions, such as the natural and social sciences, law, medicine, and engineering. Some of the courses are team-taught by faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. These courses are designed to be of interest to majors in a wide variety of disciplines.

Course Descriptions

HMN 120 Language Awareness

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Examines the main biological and social aspects of human language to create an awareness of the central role that language has in our being human and in our life as members of society.

HMN 196 Introduction to Puerto Rican Studies

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines people and events in the news as reported by newspapers, newsreels, documentaries, and films. Also considers cross-cultural perspectives on Puerto Rican history and consciousness.

HMN 200 Black Roots in Spanish-American Literature

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Studies literature of the Spanish-American Black experience by writers of African and European ancestry.

HMN 215 Women's Language

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines characteristics of language used by women and by men as uncovered by research in sociolinguistics and communication. Relevant psychosocial factors that shape typical conversational behaviors, family and classroom interactions, and the media.

HMN 224 Young Puerto Rican Poets

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines poetry from the days of Hugo Margenat to present island and U.S. Puerto Rican poets, and considers their language, political ideologies, poetic vision of the world, and impact on Puerto Rican culture.

HMN 242 Herman Hesse's World

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Allows intensive reading and discussion of some nine novels and other works of Hermann Hesse and examines the West's historical humane values as expressed in Hesse's life and works.

HMN 318 Black Presence in Latin American Culture

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Considers black presence and black heritage within Latin American culture, viewed through literature, films, art, and the theatre. Also explores stereotypes in arts and the mass media.

HMN 321 Youth Culture in Latin America

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Studies contemporary youth culture in Latin America.

HMN 429 Italian Cinema

Credits:  3 \ 1
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Considers importance of Italian movies and their connections with literature and social myths in contemporary culture. Also explores artistic and social contributions of film to a changing society.

HMN 453 Mexican American Anthology

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Presents selected readings that review the development of Mexican American literature and culture.

HMN 491 Directed Readings

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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Examines the development of individual and group research techniques and reading interpretation. Requires a paper and bibliography on a subject relating to Puerto Rican and Latin American matters.

HMN 499 Independent Study

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Students design a course of study they want to undertake in one semester. They choose a professor whose area of expertise most closely approximates their topic and must consult with the professor prior to registering for the course. The topic must not duplicate the content of a regular course.

Updated: Apr 12, 2006 11:04:22 AM