Course Syllabus

  1. ---Note: This course code has changed from FDHUM 110 to HUM 110, and from Introduction to Humanities to Discovery Through the Arts. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.


    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:

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



There are no prerequisites to this course


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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Course Outcomes (CO)

Students will:

  1. Identify key works of Western art, architecture, literature, and music within their cultural and historical context.
  2. Understand and identify the formal elements of the visual arts, literature, cinema, and music.
  3. Apply principles of the creative process in their own creative work and in analyzing cultural events.
  4. Apply basic cognitive and analytical tools to make value assessments about quality in the arts.

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

—Joseph Smith

Major Assignments

The table below is meant to help you see the relevance of each major assignment as it pertains to the course outcomes (CO).

Major Assignments
Major Assignment Description CO#
W08 Mid-term Exam Complete an exam on the content from weeks 1-7.
W14 Final Exam Complete an exam on the content from weeks 8-14.

Weekly Patterns

The table below displays typical weekly activities, due dates, and activity descriptions. 

Weekly Patterns
Due Date* Learning Model Activity Title Description
Midweek Prepare Quiz Quiz on the material of the week
Midweek Prepare Quiz 2 Quiz on the material of the week
Midweek Teach One Another Discussion Board Contribute to a discussion on the topic of the week
End of Week Ponder/ Prove Assignment Write a review, essay, or paper

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Course Assignments

  • Photo assignments (160 points)
    • Four assignments at 40 points each
    • Take photo(s) that fulfill the requirements for each assignment
  • Review Papers (200 points)
    • Five assignments at 40 points each
    • Write critical reviews of art encountered in the text
    • Report must be based on the Experiencing Art rubric (located in each assignment page)
  • Notre Dame Quiz (40 Points)
    • A 20 Question multiple choice quiz
  • Story Board Assignment (40 points)
    • Create a story board for a short film using photographs and a narrative text
  • Quizzes/preparation grade (12 lessons x 20 points = 240 points)
    • Each lesson (except Lesson 08 and Lesson 14) includes two reading quizzes (usually 10 points each) and a self-reported preparation/participation quiz (usually 7-10 points each). Study the course readings carefully before taking the accompanying quizzes.
    • Each lesson (except Lesson 08 and Lesson 14) includes a discussion board (20 Points each). This discussion board will be graded by the course TA. You will answer given discussion questions for your first post (worth 10 points). For your second post, you will respond to another student’s post with a question and comments furthering the discussion. For your third post in each discussion, you will respond to a response to your first post. Your responses are worth 5 points each.
  • Exams (400 points)
    • Two tests, 200 points per test
    • Questions will be drawn from quiz questions, discussion board questions, and identification of artworks studied in the course.
    • A list of required artworks for each exam is posted.

Learning Model

Grading Scale

Grading Scale
Letter Grade Percentage Range
A 93% – 100%
A- 90% – 92%
B+ 87% – 89%
B 83% – 86%
B- 80% – 82%
C+ 77% – 79%
C 73% – 76%
C- 70% – 72%
D+ 67% – 69%
D 63% – 66%
D- 60% – 62%
F 00% – 59%

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office (Links to an external site.) at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations (Links to an external site.). Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

This course may require synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies (Links to an external site.). It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
  • Student with Disabilities
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Copyright Notice

Go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.

Students should not use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to assist with writing unless they have permission and guidance from an instructor. AI tools include Chat GPT, Bard, CopyAI, Writesonic, Jasper AI, Anyword, GrammarlyGo, and many others. Some teachers may ask students to use AI for specific purposes, but if not, students should assume that they must ask for permission in order to use AI tools or simply not use AI at all. If students aren’t sure of an instructor’s policies, they should ask for clarification. 

AI and Academic Integrity

Dishonest uses

  • Giving the AI a prompt and submitting what it writes (even just one sentence) as your own work. 
  • Combining content from several different AI prompts and submitting as your own work. 

Ask your professor about these uses.

  • Using AI to generate ideas for a paper.
  • Using AI to write portions of an assignment but clearly indicating (based on guidelines from your instructor) which parts were written by the AI and which were written by you.
  • Using AI for outlines and organization.
  • Using AI for summarizing or paraphrasing technical language.
  • Using AI to write a sample paper and then modeling your own work after the work of the AI bot.

Course Summary:

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