2020-2021 Catalog 
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2020-2021 Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

HUM 202 - Introduction to Mythology

Description: Examination of humanist questions through European and Non-Western mythologies. Issues include: creation of the world, cosmology, fertility/sexuality, human nature, the problem of evil, death, nature of gods/goddesses/God, and the natural world.

Prerequisites: ENG 101  or ENG 103 . Reading Proficiency.

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Classical mythology
  2. Myth systems of world cultures, including those of Europe, Native America, Asia, Africa and Oceania
  3. Nature of symbol and allegory in myth and traditional narratives
  4. Various academic approaches to the study of myth, including linguistic, cultural, phenomenological, psychological, structural and perennialist
  5. Dynamic relationship of mythology with science and other human disciplines

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Accurately employ the terminology and concepts of the study of mythology (3,4) 
  2. Describe and discuss the characteristics, similarities and differences of major world mythologies (1-3, 5) 
  3. Identify, compare and critique major contributors and analytic theories in the study of mythology. (4) 
  4. Articulate and analyze the ways in which mythology influences and is influenced by culture, behavior and belief both in the past and present (1,2,4,5) 
  5. Locate, evaluate and reference valid and credible sources of information relating to myths and mythology studies (1-5)

Required Assessment:
  1. Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 2500 words of monitored writing.