Myth Studies Minor - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog


MYTH MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete 18 semester hours from the following:

  1. MYTH STUDIES MINOR REQUIRED COURSES

    Complete 2 courses for a total of 6 semester hours: .

    GNHU 285 Mythology (3 hours lecture) 3
    GNHU 490 Principles of Mythic Symbolism (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. MYTH STUDIES MINOR ELECTIVES

    Complete 4 courses for a total of 12 semester hours: . Elective substitutions may be possible with permission of the program coordinator.

    ENGL 210 Myth and Literature (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENGL 330 Hebrew Bible/Old Testament as Literature (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENLT 366 African Myth and Literature (3 hours lecture) 3
    GNHU 115 Troy and the Trojan War (3 hours lecture) 3
    GNHU 220 Celtic Mythology (3 hours lecture) 3
    GNHU 288 Mythic Traditions (3 hours lecture) 3
    GNHU 380 The Mythology of JRR Tolkien's Middle-Earth (3 hours lecture) 3
    GNHU 385 Greek Tragedy (3 hours lecture) 3
    RELG 214 Classical Texts of Asian Religions (3 hours lecture) 3
    RELG 254 Native American Religion (3 hours lecture) 3
    RELG 332 Myth, Meaning and Self (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

ENGL210: Myth and Literature (3 hours lecture)

Myth and the myth-making process: the origins, meanings and major archetypes and motifs of Occidental and Oriental myths. Previous course ENLT 260 effective through Winter 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL330: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament as Literature (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament as a work of literature. Biblical texts covered in part or full may include the following: Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, Job, Ecclesiastes, Psalms, Proverbs, Lamentations, the Song of Songs, Esther, Daniel, Jonah, and the major prophets. Attention will be paid to the themes, historical background, and formal literary qualities of biblical prose and poetry and their influence on later literature. Previous course ENLT 330 effective through Winter 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENGL 206 or ENGL 207 or ENGL 210 or ENGL 230 or ENGL 234 or ENGL 235 or ENGL 237 or ENGL 238 or ENGL 239 or ENGL 240 or ENGL 241 or ENGL 250 or ENGL 252 or ENGL 254 or ENGL 256 or ENGL 260 or ENGL 262 or ENGL 263 or ENGL 274 or ENGL 275 or ENGL 294 or ENGL 300 or ENGL 341 or ENGL 342 or ENJR 219 or ENWR 220.

ENLT366: African Myth and Literature (3 hours lecture)

The nature of the sub-Saharan experience and vision through African myths and literary works within the context of culture, criticism and theory. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

GNHU115: Troy and the Trojan War (3 hours lecture)

For more than 3,000 years the story of the Trojan War has fascinated and attracted people throughout the world. Is the war completely "mythical?" How can different disciplines such as archaeology, linguistics, and literature be combined to shed light on the historical reality that may lie behind the story as it first appears in Homer? How have the art and literature of other cultures, such as the Romans, the European Middle Ages, or the modern culture of television and movies interpreted and reused the story of Troy, and what can this adaptation tell us about these cultures. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Humanities, World Literature or General Humanities. 3 sh.

GNHU220: Celtic Mythology (3 hours lecture)

This course is an in-depth survey of the mythology and legends of the ancient and medieval Celtic peoples of the British Isles, and their influence on later literature, religion, and culture. Particular emphasis is placed on Irish myth and hagiography and their reinterpretation in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, film, music, and popular culture. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or ENWR 106 or GNHU 115 or GNHU 151 or GNHU 201 or GNHU 202 or HONP 100 or HONP 101.

GNHU285: Mythology (3 hours lecture)

The nature and interpretation of mythology, primarily as seen through the myths of Greece and Rome. Selected comparative study of myths of the Near East, Iran, India and other cultures. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Humanities, World Literature or General Humanities. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Starting Winter 2016: GNHU 115 or GNHU 151; or ENWR 105 or HONP 100 may be taken as prerequisite or corequisite.

GNHU288: Mythic Traditions (3 hours lecture)

A survey of Greco-Roman myths and their recurrence in and influence on later literature, art, music, and film, and how they contribute to the ongoing development of culture. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100. Starting Winter 2016: GNHU 115 or GNHU 151 or ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

GNHU380: The Mythology of JRR Tolkien's Middle-Earth (3 hours lecture)

The course is an in-depth survey of the major fictional works of JRR Tolkien, The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings, as created but coherent and comparable mythology. Particular emphasis is placed on the close reading of these texts, but their sources in traditional mythologies, and their extensive representation and influence in film, music, and art, will also be studied. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: GNHU 201 or GNHU 202 or GNHU 285 or departmental approval.

GNHU385: Greek Tragedy (3 hours lecture)

Selected plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides read in English translation; origins of Greek drama, religion and myth in tragedy, the tragic hero, stage production, influence on modern literature. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: GNHU 285 or departmental approval. Starting Winter 2016: GNHU 281 or GNHU 285 or HIST 281.

GNHU490: Principles of Mythic Symbolism (3 hours lecture)

This course examines the origins and patterns of mythic symbolism as discussed by various theorists of myth in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the study of myth, the course examines theories derived from various disciplines, including literature, religion, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, women's studies and others. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: GNHU 310 or GNHU 320 or GNHU 332 or GNHU 351 or GNHU 381 or GNHU 383 or GNHU 385 or departmental approval.

RELG214: Classical Texts of Asian Religions (3 hours lecture)

This course emphasizes critical analysis and interpretation of primary textual sources. Students will read and examine primary documents from each of the Asian religions, their traditional interpretations and recent understandings and applications of these texts. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

RELG254: Native American Religion (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to the religious traditions and spirituality of the Native American peoples. The course recognizes the value of oral tradition and ritual practices in Native American religions and cultures as well as the variety that exists within this set of traditions. Meets Gen Ed 2002-Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets World Cultures Requirement. Previous course RELG 110 effective through Winter 2013. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102. Starting Winter 2016: ENWR 105 or HONP 100 may be taken as prerequisite or corequisite.

RELG332: Myth, Meaning and Self (3 hours lecture)

Selected psychological investigations and/or theories of religious phenomena; the implications for constructive theology and positive religious response. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: RELG 221 or RELG 240 or RELG 246 or RELG 250 or RELG 252 or RELG 254 or RELG 256 or RELG 267.