Viveca Smith, Ph.D.

Humanities 1301


Course name and number: Introduction to the Humanities/HUMA 1301

Instructor: Viveca Smith, Ph.D., Instruction Office: 972-548-6830



Room Number: Central Park Campus, Room B201 (8MWF & 7:00TH) & Room E204 (7:00 Tues.)

Course Credit Hours: 3

Textbook: Fiero, Gloria. Landmarks in Humanities

Course Description: Introduction to the Humanities focuses on the study and appreciation of representative examples of visual and performing arts, literature, music, and religion of various world cultures. The exploration of interrelationships of the arts and their philosophies emphasizes the nature of humankind and the need to create.


1. Analyze primary works in the arts and humanities in terms of how they contribute to the meaning of human experience.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of the skills involved in creating art and performance.

3. Identify aesthetic principles of the arts and humanities.

4. Select and use the vocabulary of the humanities at an appropriate intellectual level.

5. Identify works in the arts and humanities within a historical framework.

6. Describe a personal response to works of the arts and humanities from within an intercultural context.


Course Requirements:

1. 4 Exams

2. Weekly quizzes (lowest grade will be dropped): Quiz words are given out each week. If you are in class, you are expected to take the quiz, even if you missed the previous class. Quiz words are also available online. Quizzes cannot be made up.

3. Field trip with 1-2 pg. typed, double-spaced essay: The field trip is an out-of-class cultural activity required by the Humanities Department. We do not go as a class. Each student chooses his or her own cultural activity. This can be an art show, play, concert, or museum. Please check with me for approval.

4. Creative project with 1-2 pg. typed, double-spaced essay, presented to class: This is also a department requirement. A creative project can be a collage, a poem, a painting, etc. The project must be completed during the semester.

Since both the field trip and the creative project are department-required projects, failure to turn in either assignment will result in the drop of one letter grade.

5. In-class written assignments on readings assigned the previous class period. In-class assignments cannot be made up.


Exam #1: 100 pts.

Exam #2: 100 pts.

Exam #3: 100 pts.

Final: 100 pts.

Quiz average: 100 pts.

Creative Project: 15 pts.

Field Trip: 10 pts.

In-class assignments: 50 pts.

Attendance/Class participation 25 pts.

600 points possible

Extra Credit:

10 pts. available for each exam

10 pts. for book or movie review—must have my approval for book or movie

5 pts. for translation of line from the Iliad

Grade Scale:

A: 90-100% 540-600 points

B: 80-89% 480-539 points

C: 70-79% 420-479 points

D: 60-69% 360-419 points

F: Below 60% Below 419 points

Course Delivery Method: In class lecture. For specific information on quiz words, readings, and additional assignments, please log in to Blackboard CE6.

Attendance Policy:

As stated in the CCCC Student Handbook, “Regular classroom attendance . . . is expected of all students.”(26). Therefore after 3 absences in a MWF class or two absences in a weekly class, your grade will be penalized 2 points for each additional absence. After 6 absences, you should initiate drop proceedings unless you receive a special dispensation from the professor. If you are absent for any reason, you should contact the professor or a classmate to find out the assignment the next class. You will be held responsible for work due the class time following an absence. Exceptions to this policy require a student/professor agreement.

COLLEGE REPEAT POLICY: A student may repeat this course only once after receiving a grade, including W.   [Note to student:  If you drop the course before the census date, you will not be penalized in regard to the repeat policy.   If you withdraw from the course after the census date, a grade of W will be posted to your transcript and count as one attempt toward the repeat policy.]


Fall Census Date: Sept. 10

Last day to withdraw: Nov. 16

Office Hours:

Before or after class by appointment. Other times by appointment if necessary.

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance

It is the policy of Collin County Community College to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals who are students with disabilities. This College will adhere to all applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the faculty member and/or the Services for Students with Disabilities at 881-5950 in a timely manner to arrange for appropriate accommodation

Academic Ethics: The College District may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts, or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or the submission as one’s own work material that is not one’s own. Scholastic dishonesty may involve, but is not limited to, one or more of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion, use of annotated texts or teacher’s editions, and/or falsifying academic records.

Plagiarism is the use of an author’s words or ideas as if they were one’s own without giving credit to the source, including, but not limited to, failure to acknowledge a direct quotation.

Cheating is the willful giving or receiving of information in an unauthorized manner during an examination, illicitly obtaining examination questions in advance, copying computer or Internet files, using someone else’s work for the assignments as if it were one’s own, or any other dishonest means of attempting to fulfill the requirements of a course.

Collusion is intentionally aiding or attempting to aid another in an act of scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to, providing a paper or project to another student; providing an inappropriate level of assistance; communicating answers to a classmate during an examination; removing tests or answer sheets from a test site, and allowing a classmate to copy answers.


Religious Holy Days: please refer to the current Collin Student Handbook