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    • Profile picture
    Jul 15, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course, and the Humanities Honors Program in general, is highly informational, stimulating, and communal. It's members are all so hungry for knowledge, and the professors are more than happy to always lend a hand in enhancing a student's understanding of something. I am truly grateful to have experienced Professor Wood, a man of many words and experiences, and learn side by side with my exuberant peers.

    Course highlights:

    Perhaps in this one semester alone with this specific professor I became an entirely different person. In this course we focused on the Middles Ages, the Renaissance, and the High Renaissance, with a huge emphasis on religion as a cultural template. Some of the highlights for me involved learning about St. Augustine's Confessions, the Black Plague, the Islamic Golden Age, and Christine De Pizan's The Book of the City of Ladies. Some of the highlights in the seminar section of this course really involve how wonderful of an educator Professor Wood is, and how he made me really think about opening doors I had never considered before in my life. In this course we are expected to provide a seven minute speech educating the class on a certain subject, something that Dr. Wood takes very seriously. Professor Wood worked to enhance his students' passion for learning, understanding, and speaking, and his patience and humor sets you up well in the class. I learned how to speak more proficiently, organize group debates, communicate with my peers on relevant subjects, write well-formed papers, read to attain more, and most importantly love what I was learning.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    For Humanities Honors in general I would recommend being very organized and finding your set group of peers that take the class seriously while still loving it. Be prepared to read endlessly, take a lot of notes, analyze texts, write papers based off of them, and sit through long lectures. Make sure you review lectures long before the midterm or the final, as waiting right before might set you up for failure. I would also recommend taking the opportunities to visit your professor at their office hours. It helps immensely and you can develop a better relationship with your educator and education. As for a final tip, do not be afraid to ask questions. Most of the time your peers will be more than happy that you asked them, as they will get as much out of the answer as you will.

    • Spring 2017
    • Andrew Wood
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    • Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments Participation Counts
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    May 29, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Her passion for the program and the literature that's discussed in the class put me in awe. I looked forward to her seminar class every time after lecture because I looked forward to what she had to say and what she could teach me that day. She is a very intellectual woman and I'm glad that I was able to be apart of her class.

    Course highlights:

    Her expertise in the program was philosophy which was an awfully difficult topic to understand, but she also has an excellent understanding of each topic. One of the main takeaways I had in her class, is the way a person should look at art. In high school, I was already aware that there are certain things made the way are and how it's important to contemplate why the artist did that. More specifically within Michaelangelo's David. I was never really good at analyzing art, but it's really not that difficult. It was good to pay attention to the stance of the sculpture and how humanistic and natural it is. There was also a certain way to look at the art and it's interesting to point out that the marble used to create sculpture was already cracked. Overall, there is alot one could learn from being in her class.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Doing the readings, going to lecture and seminar, and making study groups is the best way to understand everything and to pass the class.

    • Spring 2017
    • Rostankowski,Cynthia
    • Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments Participation Counts


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