Master of Humanities
Master of Humanities Courses
Art and Visual Media Concentration:
Creative Writing Concentration:
Film Studies Concentration:
Individualized Studies Concentration:
ART515 Teaching College Art (3hrs)
This course investigates the practical issues and challenges of teaching art in a college setting, including teaching studio art, art appreciation, and art history. Students will learn to develop effective syllabi, identify and articulate learning objectives, design effective projects, teach with artifacts and objects, facilitate engaging discussions, and methods of assessment in the arts and the critique process. Students will develop a portfolio that includes a teaching philosophy, syllabi, and sample lesson plans. Problem solving on the individual and group level will be stressed. Note: This course will require several scheduled Live Chat sessions.
ART524 Creativity and Its Development (3hrs)
A study of how artists, writers, composers, and scientists develop creativity and how to generate new ideas, considered from psychological, educational, and artistic points of view. Readings from psychologists, philosophers, and artists, broadly defined.
ART525 History of Photography (3hrs)
This is a survey course of topics in the histories and cultural uses of photography in Europe and the US in the 19th and 20th centuries. It starts with the origins of photography in Enlightenment and early Industrial Revolution Europe. The course examines the role of the daguerreotype in the US, and photography’s role with war, western expansion, and social Darwinism. There will be discussions on the establishment of elite art organizations in Europe and the US by the 1890s, concurrent with the flood of mass consumer photography and commercial production. From there the course will examine major developments and uses of photography such as magazine journalism, advertising and fashion, social documentary, as well as photographic practices linked to art movements like constructivism, surrealism, documentary realism, and formalism. It will conclude with a look at the more contemporary postmodern practices which foreground the question of photography’s social and psychic operations. Special attention will be paid to the interrelations among photography’s diverse cultural uses and the terms in which debates about the medium’s unstable art status have played out.
ART530 Cult and Independent Film (3hrs)
This course will examine and familiarize the students with various cult films and the cult film phenomenon. From the definition (or designation) of “cult”, to the unusual, yet vital role in society this non-genre fills, the cult film does not fit into traditional critical rhetoric. Instead, by being a marginalized area of film, the cult film and the audiences of this phenomenon deconstruct mainstream film entertainment and analysis.
ART533 Film Censorships (3hrs)
This course focuses on social and cultural aspects of film censorship while in its examination of key issues and events in the history of film censorship in the United States. Film clips and images will be available for viewing on the course site, but members of the class may be required to view several full length feature films on their own. These films are readily available in the United States for purchase, rental on DVD, or rental through an online streaming service such as provided by Netflix and Blockbuster. If some titles are not available to some students, alternative titles will be offered.
ART534 Third Cinema (3hrs)
This course surveys the history and theory of what is currently understood as “Third Cinema.” This course will concentrate on films and filmmakers from Africa, Latin America (Central and South America), the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle-East, East and Southeast Asia, and Turkey. “Third Cinema” can be thought of in a number of ways, and its definition, like the world, is changing rapidly. Therefore, part of the task of this course is to critically and thoughtfully negotiate the slippery terrain of what “Third Cinema” might be. Briefly, broadly, and as a starting point, Third Cinema can be thought of as cinema produced in what is sometimes referred to as the “Third World”: films that are politically or socially conscious (though not always) from these regions and countries; and/or a type of cinema from these regions or countries that is neither a Hollywood style entertainment cinema (“first cinema”) or European style Art Cinema (“second cinema”). Film clips and images will be available for viewing on the course site, but members of the class may be required to view some full length feature films on their own. These films are readily available in the United States for purchase, rental on DVD, or rental through an online streaming service such as provided by Netflix and Blockbuster. If some titles are not available to some students, alternative titles will be offered.
ART535 Classic Hollywood Cinema (3hrs)
This course explores the popular reception, historical and technological advents, and narrative, aesthetic and cultural aspects of the “Golden Age” of cinema as it developed in the United States. The time period is roughly 1929-1945, though some consider it to extend through 1950 and even 1960. Film clips and images will be available for viewing on the course site, but members of the class may be required to view some full length feature films on their own. These films are readily available in the United States for purchase, rental on DVD, or rental through an online streaming service such as provided by Netflix and Blockbuster. If some titles are not available to some students, alternative titles will be offered.
ART561 Survey of Western Art History (3hrs)
This course is an introduction to the art of the West from prehistory to the present. Works will be studied within their historical, religious, political, economic, aesthetic, and social contexts. Methodologies of the discipline of art history will be explored, as well as primary source texts from the cultures in which these works were created.
ART562 Film Theory (3hrs)
This course will explore the development of ways of thinking, talking, and writing about film in a manner that goes beyond movie reviews or personal evaluations. Students will engage film theory from early classic theory to contemporary forms of film analysis. Film clips and images will be available for viewing on the course site, but members of the class may be required to view some full length feature films on their own. These films are readily available in the United States for purchase, rental on DVD, or rental through an online streaming service such as provided by Netflix and Blockbuster. If some titles are not available to some students, alternative titles will be offered. This course is required for all students in the Film Concentration.
ART563 Art and Culture of the Graphic Novel (3hrs)
This course will examine the form of the graphic novel and its critical and cultural impact. Comics and Graphic Novels have a significant influence on American popular culture but have only recently received serious scholarly attention. This course will explore the history of the graphic novel, some of the theories surrounding image-text sequential art, and the different uses of the graphic novel as a form of storytelling. We will examine the graphic novel as an art form, and analyze the role of the comic and graphic novel in American culture. Particular attention will be paid to the superhero genre, as well as to the contemporary trend of autobiographical and literary graphic novels and an investigation of graphic novels world-wide.
ART623 Aesthetics (3hrs)
This course provides students with an overview of aesthetics as it embraces a philosophy of art, beauty, and taste and further investigates the ways in which humans create, experience, and evaluate the fine arts. Class discussions will focus on artistic masterpieces from a number of disciplines including music, drama, literature, painting, and sculpture. Throughout the course students will analyze readings that explore philosophical issues and historical problems of various theoretical approaches to art and will include discussions on the nature and function of the artist, the intrinsic significance of an artistic object, and the concepts of aesthetic value, experience, attitude, and criticism. An emphasis will be placed on developing a personalized philosophy of art.
ART624 Women and Art (3hrs)
Art history as a discipline has expanded over the last thirty years to move beyond formalism and connoisseurship to include divergent perspectives in theory and visual culture. Feminism provides a framework to examine the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality to challenge the idea of art history as a unified discourse. This course will examine the impact of women on the arts in three ways. It will examine the theories of feminism, race, gender, and sexuality and explore how these theories are expressed in the visual arts. The course will survey the lives and contributions of women artists from the Renaissance to the present, the shifts in the portrayals of women, and criticism of female artists over that time period.
COM520 Philosophy of Communication (3hrs)
This course is a survey of the genealogy of communication and how communication creates shared experiences between people. Through a collection of readings, students will examine how and why society thinks about communication the way it does. Philosophy of Communication is generally concerned with analytical, theoretical and political issues that cross different discipline boundaries. It explores how people live their lives and deal with the conflicts that are inevitable whenever communication occurs in a society, whether in person, in groups, electronically or through the mass media. Throughout the course, students are exposed to the broader study of the field and how it relates to contemporary philosophical arguments, positions and concerns. By studying the historical and social contexts for communication, students will come to understand and appreciate how meaning is created through human interaction, more about themselves and how they relate to others.
COM522 Logic, Reasoning, and Persuasion (3hrs)
A study of the development of reasoning and formal logic and its relationship to persuasion and argumentation which gives an overview of logical thinking, distinguishing rational inquiry from mythological inquiry and regulative thinking from associative thinking; articulates logical thinking or reasoning as a process of making logical argument; discusses three basic modes of reasoning in persuasion and argumentation: deduction, induction, and abduction explaining their practical applications in the studies of humanities; introduces possible world semantics and thought experiments, which help the participants to build logical foundations for developing rational, independent, critical, and creative thinking.
COM531 Transmedia Storytelling (3hrs)
Transmedia storytelling engages audiences across media multi-dimensionally. Students learn to provide critical information, back story, and details of an ongoing narrative through multiple media means such as comic books, films, television programs, web content, mobile content, social networks, and games, creating a more expansive and immersive experience for the audience. The course examines the role and structure of narrative in audience engagement and who dynamic new trends in media content development impact consumers. Students will analyze case studies, and upon completion of this course, evaluate and develop a transmedia story-strategy.
COM532 Documentary Film (3hrs)
Documentary films have emerged as a popular medium for non-fiction storytelling. This course will give a conceptual overview of the form, strategies, and conventions of documentary films and videos. We will screen historical and contemporary documentaries to examine questions of defining the genre, ethical dilemmas, the debate over objectivity, and the ways that documentaries can stimulate critical thinking about the construction of our social world. Students will need to join a movie subscription service to gain timely access to the films for each week. Please note that it will be very difficult to access these films outside of the U.S., and so students living internationally are advised to check on the accessibility of the films before registering for this course.
COM580 Politics and the News (3hrs)
This course will critically analyze how the news media influenced public discussion of political and social issues in the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as examine how these issues were debated in the news. Drawing on readings from political science, communications, and history, students will also examine how political powers in mass democracies use the news media as a mechanism of persuasion and social control.
Prerequisite: Completion of 12 hours in the MA Humanities program.
COM625 Philosophers and Philosophies of the Axial Age (3hrs)
This course will examine the axial age, a period in history from 800 BC to 200 BC which, according to German philosopher Karl Jaspers, was a time when common precepts in philosophical principles appeared in China, India, the Middle East and the West. Jaspers saw this time as pivotal in human evolution in that the philosophical and spiritual principles emerging throughout these regions seeded the world’s major religions and contemporary philosophical beliefs: Confucianism and Taoism in China, Hinduism and Buddhism in India, philosophical rationalism in Greece, and monotheism in Israel that formed the basis of Rabbinic Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This was also a time of great violence and brutality, to which the axial sages spoke and uniformly called on people to be compassionate and ethical in their relations with others. The idea of the Golden Rule ‘do unto others as you would like done to yourself‘ became a universal cornerstone of religious and philosophical teaching.
COM630 Cybercultures and Issues in Cyberspace (3hrs)
This course explores the culture of Cyberspace and the wide range of social, legal, ethical, political and economic issues associated with the evolution of the online world. From its origins as a government sponsored communications network, the Internet has evolved to become the de facto center of information society. In the process, online communication is fundamentally changing how people relate to each other in a computer mediated world. We will also examine the environment that created the Internet and the issues that are emerging along with it. Through a series of readings, reflections, exploration of web sites and online exchanges, students will examine how the Internet is changing culture and society. This will include an exploration of online public spaces such as Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, blogs, online dating, virtual environments and identities, globalization and the legal issues surrounding privacy, anonymity, predatory online behavior, copyright, libel, indecency, obscenity, hate speech, cyberbullying and junk mail. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on developing an understanding of the boundaries of online behavior and freedom of expression in the complex, rabidly changing Internet environment.
COM631 New Media (3hrs)
This course examines the origins and evolution of new media and its social, cultural, legal, and political implications. From social media such as Facebook and Twitter, to blogging, Wikipedia, YouTube, smart phones and tablets, online and new media are changing our culture and society in significant ways. As media technologies evolve, they are producing new contexts for engagement and raising important questions related to issues such as identity, community, civility, privacy and freedom of expression. How people relate to each other in this electronic environment is changing our culture and society in ways we are just now beginning to understand. Through a series of readings, online explorations, discussions, interactions and writing assignments, students will come to understand the characteristics and implications of new media and their impact on our society.
ENG501 Introduction to Graduate Writing (3hrs)
This course introduces students who would like to hone their writing abilities and work on the writing skills needed for studies at the graduate level. It emphasizes appropriate writing style and academic tone, documentation in the MLA and APA formats, and developing a thesis statement into an argument.
ENG515 Teaching College English (3hrs)
This course will investigate both theoretical and practical issues related to teaching Freshman Composition. Topics will include developing effective syllabi, identifying and articulating learning objectives, designing effective writing assignments, assessing college writing, understanding and creating rubrics, and developing an effective critique process. Students will develop a portfolio that includes a teaching philosophy, syllabi, and sample lesson plans. The final assignment will be the development of a syllabus with a paper explaining the rationale for that syllabus in terms of pedagogical goals for the course and best teaching practices.
ENG530 The Culture and Literature of Modernity (3hrs)
Readings in cultural and literary identity: 1880-1920. Coming after Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, and Sigmund Freud, the style and traditions of literature, music, dance, and art took on a new reality that shattered old artistic conventions. The course will examine the novels of Virginia Woolf and James Joyce, the music of Igor Stravinsky and American jazz artists, the art of the cubists, the dance forms of Isadora Duncan and the evolution of modernism.
ENG531 Studies in Genre Fiction (3hrs)
This course critically examines a variety of forms of genre fiction, including but not limited to science fiction and fantasy literature, gothic and horror fiction, young adult fiction, children’s literature, and romance and western literature. The characteristics, limits, and boundaries of genre will be explored along with a consideration of these literatures from theoretical and sociological perspectives.
ENG541 Creative Writing Workshop: Short Story (3hrs)
The Creative Writing Workshops are writing courses in the tradition of the classic writer’s workshop, but with the advantage of being online. Students will write and criticize their own and each other’s material in light of critical study of the writing of short fiction.
ENG542 Creative Writing Workshop: The Novel (3hrs)
The Creative Writing Workshops are writing courses in the tradition of the classic writer’s workshop, but with the advantage of being online. Students will write and criticize their own and each other’s material in light of critical study of the writing of a novel.
ENG543 Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry (3hrs)
The Creative Writing Workshops are writing courses in the tradition of the classic writer’s workshop, but with the advantage of being online. Students will write and criticize their own and each other’s material in light of critical study of the writing of poetry.
ENG544 Creative Writing: Genre Writing (3hrs)
This creative writing course guides students through the methods of writing a variety of genre fictions, including but not limited to young adult fiction, children’s literature, and creative nonfiction. The structure and conventions of a variety of forms of genre fiction will be studied along with mood, tone, point of view, and setting. This course will emphasize publication conventions and the writing of marketable work.
ENG545 Creative Writing: Performance Writing (3hrs)
This course develops skills in the art and craft of telling stories through performance media such as films and plays. Through writing scenes, scripts for short films, and tightly focused writing exercises, students will learn correct screenplay format, develop a “feel” for screenwriting style, enhance their powers of description, their skills in writing dialogue and action, and in constructing scenes and plot. The overarching emphasis is on learning how to translate mental moving images (the film or play that the writer sees in his or her head and all it encompasses or evokes), to words on the page in a way that those words create approximately the same moving images in the reader’s mind.
ENG561 Survey of British Literature (3hrs)
This course focuses primarily on canonical texts in British Literature from Beowulf to the twentieth century in a variety of genres, including but not limited to poetry, drama, short stories, novels, utopian literature, and manifestos. Authors and works may include, but are not limited to, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Chaucer, Sydney, Shakespeare, Dryden, Milton, Pope, Swift, Wollstonecraft, the Romantics, Austen, Dickens, the Brontës, The Brownings, the Rossettis, Wilde and the Modernists.
ENG562 Survey of American Literature (3hrs)
This course focuses primarily on canonical texts in American literature from the Native American period to the present in a variety of genres, including but not limited to poetry, drama, short stories, and novels. Authors and works may include, but are not limited to, early Native American literature, literature from the period of Spanish colonization, British colonial-era literature, nineteenth-century literature, American modernism, sixties literature, and contemporary American literature. Authors and movements may include Bradstreet, Freneau, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Twain, Cooper, Hawthrone, Melville, Eliot, Pound, H.D., Djuna Barnes, Salinger, Updike, Pynchon, Oates, Erdrich, Dillard, Transcendentalism, Realism, the Harlem Renaissance, Modernism, the Beat Poets and 60s literature.
ENG563 Survey of World Literature (3hrs)
This course focuses primarily on significant texts in World literature from antiquity to the twentieth century in a variety of genres, including but not limited to mythology, creation stories, poetry, drama, short stories, and novels. Authors and works may include, but are not limited to, Gilgamesh, continental European literature, literature from the Spanish Americas, Caribbean literature, Middle Eastern and Indian literature, African literature, Chicano/a literature, and Asian literature. Authors may include but are not limited to Homer, Virgil, Dante, Ibsen, Beckett, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekov, Paz, Borges, Marquez, Allende, Rushdie, V.S. Naipaul, Derek Walcott, Shani Mooto, Sushako Endo, Murakami, Amy Tan, Chinua Achebe, and others.
ENG564 Literary Theory (3hrs)
This course studies selected texts and figures important to the history of textual interpretation from the classical era to the twentieth century, including works b Plato, Aristotle, Dante, Dryden, Wordsworth, Arnold, Nietzsche and others, and contemporary approaches such as Marxist, psychological, structuralist, post-structuralist and postmodernist, feminist, postcolonial, and cultural studies. Contemporary theorists such as Jacques Derrida, Donna Haraway, Jean Baudrillard, Michel Foucault, and Jean-Francois Lyotard will be studies and their central concepts applied to literary texts. Students will learn to consider multiple interpretations of a text and learn to examine the assumptions underlying a variety of interpretive strategies. Students will also explore the interrelationships between writer, reader, and text.
ENG570 Ethnic Voices: Poetry (3hrs)
Ethnic Voices: Poetry will examine the contributions of ethnic poets in the United States by closely analyzing various texts written by Asian Americans, African and Caribbean Americans, and Hispanic Americans. The focus will be various issues and themes such as immigration, migration, exile, oppression, spirituality, storytelling, identity, self-representation, culture, and history. Major voices will be studied along with emerging writers. Multicultural literary theory and cultural criticism will be used to analyze the texts.
ENG571 Women and Literature (3hrs)
This course examines perceptions of women and their roles in society as represented in a variety of genres of literature from different time periods and cultures. The course offers a number of works by significant American and European women authors as well as literature about women or in which the situation and position of women forms a major aspect of the text. This course also requires that students explore a variety of significant literary critical and theoretical approaches and articles about women in literature.
ENG583 Poetics of Western Drama (3hrs)
Readings from ancient dramatic works including those of Sophocles, Euripides, Aeschylus, and Aristophanes. Exploration of the unique nature and continuing significance of Greek tragedy and Greek theater in the drama of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. All discussion will stem from Aristotle’s Poetics as the basis for western dramatic traditions and conventions. Topics of study from the texts will include such issues as the tragic voice, the role of women, the nature of heroism, human beings’ relationship to the divine, and the role of fate in human affairs.
Prerequisite: Completion of 12 hours in the MA Humanities program
HUM510 Introduction to Graduate Humanities (3hrs)
This course orients students to humanities as a field of study, reviews graduate level writing and MLA documentation style, and reviews research methods. Students will also receive initial instruction in the use of various technologies needed to participate in Tiffin University’s online programs, including but not limited to Moodle, Word, discussion boards, live chats, turnitin.com, etc.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Humanities graduate program
HUM531 Studies in History (3hrs)
This course rotates topics in historical studies, including but not limited to Medieval and Early Modern British History, Restoration to Twentieth-Century British History, the History of Africans in the Americas, and other topics. May be repeated for credit with different topics.
HUM532 Studies in Philosophy (3hrs)
This course rotates topics in philosophical studies, including but not limited to Culture and Identity; mythologies in Human Experience; the History and Philosophy of Scientific Exploration; and Atheism, Agnosticism, and Skepticism. May be repeated for credit with different topics.
HUM533 Studies in Social, Human and Political Sciences (3hrs)
This course rotates topics in social and human sciences in the fields of psychology, sociology, political science, and anthropology, including but not limited to Development of Government Systems and Social Practice: How People Behave and Why. This course may be cross-listed with appropriate courses in the School Business and the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences. May be repeated for credit with different topics.
HUM680 Capstone Project (3hrs)
This course, co-taught by two faculty members from different fields, is available for students who wish to complete their course of study with a capstone project.
Prerequisite: Completion of at least 21 hours of graduate level coursework.
HUM681 Comprehensive Exams (3hrs)
This course, co-taught by two faculty members from different fields, is available to students who wish to complete their course of study at Tiffin University with a comprehensive exam. Due to the nature of this course – because it culminates in a two-week timed exam – students cannot take a grade of “I” under any circumstance. Students may withdraw if necessary and retake the course when able.