Students will:

"If there is anything virtuous, or lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."

—Joseph Smith

In this course we shall observe an introduction to the Humanities. As the name implies, the Humanities help us to understand what it is to be human. We shall study some of the great works of beauty that humans have created, and talk about how to get at what makes them beautiful. We will even try to distill some principles of beauty and put them to use in our own lives. To do this, we shall use a five-step process:

  1. Observe—What do you see/hear/read in the artwork?
  2. Perceive—What do you understand about what you've observed; how does it fit into the context of human life?
  3. Feel—What emotional reactions do your perceptions inspire?
  4. Ponder—Contemplate your emotional reaction in cognitive terms.
  5. Describe—Clearly explain your experience with the artwork to others.



All of the reading materials are available in the course. Additionally, all artworks are either included in the text or linked.


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Due dates for all assignments, readings, and exams are posted on the calendar and course schedule.

Generally Prepare activities are due before Wednesday.

Teach One Another initial posts are due before Wednesday and replies are due before Saturday.

Ponder and Prove activities are due before Saturday.


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