Courses at Columbus State that carry the “Humanities” label are comparative in nature,
and draw from several disciplinary traditions. Interdisciplinary arts courses (HUM
1100 Introduction to Humanities and HUM 1160 Music and Art Since 1945) focus on examination
and critical analysis of human creative power expressed in music, visual art, architecture,
the written word, theatre, dance, and film, while HUM 1270 (Comparative Religion)
explores a vast subject from multiple perspectives.
The academic study of comparative religion is a fairly new field of inquiry. Unlike
the ancient fields of theology and philosophy, which systematize and probe the depths
of the deities, practices, and core beliefs of specific religions, this discipline
studies religious practices from a wider and more analytical cultural lens, exploring
how a variety of religions address the human experience. HUM 1270 surveys world religions,
focusing on concepts and theories, to give students a good understanding of contemporary
theories in the field and an academic foundation for future studies.