Humanities

HUM 3Introduction to Cinematic Arts, Film and Television (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course provides an introduction to the cinema. The course will examine broad questions of form and content, aesthetics and meaning, and history and culture. Using a wide variety of films, filmmakers, and film movements, the course explores the diverse possibilities presented by the cinematic art form. Topics include modes of production, narrative and non-narrative forms, visual design, editing, sound, genre, ideology, and critical analysis. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and 260. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2018.
HUM 4Introduction to American Cinema (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This introductory course in film studies is a survey of the American film industry as an art form, as an industry, and as a system of representation and communication. The course explores how Hollywood films work technically, aesthetically, and culturally to reinforce and challenge America's national self-image. ADVISORY: English 440 (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2018.
HUM 6Contemporary World Cinema (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This class introduces contemporary foreign cinema and includes the examination of genres, themes, and styles. Emphasis is placed on cultural, economic, and political influences as artistically determining factors. Film and cultural theories such as national cinemas, colonialism, and orientalism will be introduced. The class will survey the significant developments in narrative film outside Hollywood. Differing international contexts, theoretical movements, technological innovations, and major directors are studied. The class offers a global, historical overview of narrative content and structure, production techniques, audience, and distribution. Students screen a variety of rare and popular films, focusing on the artistic, historical, social, and cultural contexts of film production. Students develop critical thinking skills and address issues of popular culture, including race, class gender, and equity. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2018.
HUM 10Approaches to Contemporary Film (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. Contemporary Film examines theories of film criticisms as they apply to films from 1960 to the present. Students learn technical, visual, classical, historical, cultural, ideological, and aesthetic approaches to film and sample from a representative list of foreign and domestic movies. Special emphasis is given to new voices from non-American sources and to emerging voices in American cinema. ADVISORY: Eligibility for English 250 and 260. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2014.
HUM 12Mexican American Cultural History (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. The Mexican American experience as influenced by society in the United States. Emphasis will be on the historical and contemporary contributions made by the Indian, Spanish, Mexican and Mexican American. Emphasis will also be on the social, economic, and political milieu of the Mexican American within the context of the American society. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. Also listed as HIST 12. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Fall 2016.
HUM 22Field Work and Service (0.5-1.0)Active
1.5-3.0 TBA. Supervised field work within the college and with local agencies. Students serve in useful group activities in leadership roles prescribed for them by faculty or community agencies. A maximum of six units may be completed. This is a pass/no pass course. REQUIRED: Learning contracts must be filled out and signed by the student and the supervising instructor. (Pass/No Pass.) Effective: Spring 2011.
HUM 23Independent Study (1.0-2.0)Active
3.0-6.0 TBA. Designed to afford selected students specialized opportunities for exploring areas at the independent study level. The courses may involve extensive library work, research in the community, or special projects. May be repeated until six units of credit are accrued. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. REQUIRED: The study outline prepared by the student and the instructor must be filed with the department and the dean. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2011.
HUM 25Motion Picture Production (3.0)Active
2.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. This course provides an introduction to the theory, terminology, and process of motion picture production for film and television. Topics include basic cinematography including the operation, function and creative uses of production and post-production equipment, scriptwriting, camera operation, shot composition, lighting, sound recording and mixing, and editing. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2014.
HUM 98Special Topics (0.5-3.0)Active
0.5-3.0 Lecture. Special topics courses examine current problems or issues of interest to students within a specific discipline area. For topic content information, consult with the appropriate department chairperson. For transfer status, check with a counselor. This course may have the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Fall 2010.