Humanities Core

Enroll in a HUMCORE IntroSem to join an intellectual community dedicated to exploring how history and ideas have shaped our world and future. The three Humanities Core tracks—East Asian, European, and Middle Eastern—introduce you to the literary, cultural, and philosophical traditions of entire regions over the academic year. Take all three courses in a track to understand a region over time or take one or two courses from different tracks for a cross-cultural understanding of the Humanities. All three tracks meet together on Fridays each quarter to consider shared ideas across regions. (Please note: the first course in the European track does not appear here because it is not an IntroSem.)

All HUMCORE courses are at least 3 units and many satisfy WAYS requirements. One of the HumCore IntroSems satisfies the university's second level writing requirement, WRITE 2: HUMCORE 13Q/GERMAN 13Q/DLCL 13Q - Humanities Core: Great Books, Big IdeasEurope, Modern.

Although the HUMCORE seminars give preference to sophomores, first-year students are absolutely eligible, and are welcome to sign up and enroll in them as well.

Visit the Humanities Core website to learn more.

 
Course Titlesort descending Instructor Department(s) Quarter Notes Fulfills:
huge golden statue of Buddha, seated and surrounded by trees Humanities Core: Dao, Virtue, and Nature—Foundations of East Asian Thought Ronald Egan Chinese, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Humanities Core (HUMCORE), Japanese, Korean Autumn East Asia I WAY-ER
Miranda, The Tempest, John William Waterhouse, 1916. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Humanities Core: Great Books, Big Ideas—Europe, Medieval to Early Modern Vincent Barletta, Marisa Galvez Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, French and Italian, Humanities Core (HUMCORE), Iberian & Latin American Cultures Winter Europe II WAY-A-II
Photo of Leni Riefenstahl. Public Domain Humanities Core: Great Books, Big Ideas—Europe, Modern Russell Berman, Ruth Starkman Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, German Studies, Humanities Core (HUMCORE) Spring Europe III Write-2
From Yellow Crane Tower see Wuhan (Hubei, China). By 于/Yu 回/Hui from Chengdu, China (Wuhan) [CC BY-SA 2.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Humanities Core: How to Be Modern in East Asia Haiyan Lee, James Reichert Chinese, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Humanities Core (HUMCORE), Japanese Spring East Asia III WAY-A-II
Ilustration of the The Tale of Genji, ch.5–Wakamurasaki, traditionally credited to Tosa Mitsuoki (1617–1691), part of the Burke Albums, property of Mary Griggs Burke. Tosa Mitsuoki [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Humanities Core: Love and Betrayal in Asia Ronald Egan Chinese, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Humanities Core (HUMCORE), Japanese, Korean Winter East Asia II WAY-A-II
Dubai Sunset from Burj Khalifa. By Simon Bierwald from Dortmund, Germany (Dubai Sunset from Burj Khalifa) [CC BY-SA 2.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Humanities Core: Middle East III—Future Alexander Key, Burcu Richardson Comparative Literature, Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, Humanities Core (HUMCORE) Spring Middle East III WAY-A-II, WAY-ED
Iranian glazed ceramic tile work, from the ceiling of the Tomb of Hafez in Shiraz, Iran. Province of Fars. By Pentocelo [CC BY 3.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons Humanities Core: Middle East II—Classic Alexander Key, Ali Yaycioglu Comparative Literature, Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, History, Humanities Core (HUMCORE) Winter Middle East II WAY-A-II, WAY-ER
antique map, yellowed with age Humanities Core: Middle East I—Ancient Alexander Key, Vered Shemtov Comparative Literature, Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, Humanities Core (HUMCORE) Autumn Middle East I WAY-A-II, WAY-ER