Humanities: Pre-History to Late Antiquity

Florida State University-Valencia Study Center

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Humanities: Pre-History to Late Antiquity

  • Host University

    Florida State University-Valencia Study Center

  • Location

    Valencia, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Spanish Culture

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    HUM 2210: Greek-Roman World to Gothic

    Office: X Factor Office
    Office Hours: By appointment only
    Class time: TBD
    Credit Hours: 3

    Course Introduction: This class will explore all the basic genres of humanities that have helped shape Western Europe from the Greek-Roman World to the Gothic . We will focus on painting, sculpture, music, literature, history, and cinema. Although the course is a general overview, special attention will be given to Spain and Valencia, and their roles and development in the aforementioned areas. As a result, there will be excursions to museums and points of interest in Valencia, and the cultural trip to Madrid and Barcelona.

    Edith Hamilton. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes. 2nd Ed. Grand Central Publishing. New York, 1999.

    Class Rules:
    1. Students will be required to attend the cultural trips to Madrid and Pyrenees Trips. Failure to do so is an automatic F for the course.
    2. Students will not be permitted to any class for any reason not related to health or family. Missing class for travel will not be tolerated.
    3. Due to the constraints of the session, there will be no un-excused absences permitted.
    4. For every instance of tardiness or the violation of the 5 minute rule, the student will explain his/her motives to the professor.
    5. For every un excused absence and event of tardiness, the professor reserves the right to lower the final grade and participation grade by 5 percentage points at the end of the semester.

    Example: 95% A ? (2 absences x 5%): 95-10= 85% B

    6. All medical absences must be documented and a photocopy of the physician signature, date, and phone number must be submitted within 48 hours of the last absence.

    In Class Rules

    1. No food, coffee, tea, and soft drinks in the room.
    2. Bottled water is permitted.
    3. Hats and bandanas are prohibited in class and on all class excursions to museums and historic/ religious venues.
    4. Ladies may not wear tank tops, shorts, short skirts to class excursions involving religious venues. Also, all gentleman may not wear tank tops to class excursions involving religious venues. This is a rule set down by the administrative bodies of these places of historic/ religious interest.
    5. The wearing of flip flops on all excursions is prohibited. Walking shoes only!!!!
    6. No speaking while the professor or a fellow colleague is speaking. failure to oblige results in immediate ejection from the class!!!
    7. Mandatory attendance on all program sponsored events.
    8. No late work will be accepted unless officially documented.



    The final grade will be determined by the following criteria:

    Participation 20%
    Intellectual Diary 20%
    Reactions 20%
    Quizzes 20%
    Research Paper 20%


    It is important that the student come to class and actively participate on a daily basis. Expressing problems with the reading or concepts that have been studies. It is recommended that students come to class ready and mentally prepared to discuss the material.

    Intellectual Diary

    Perhaps the most beautiful part of the course, this exercise permits private intellectual exchange between the student and the professor. The student should feel free to write on the various things that we have studied in class, and how they are shaping their conscience as individuals. The professor will then collect the journals and respond. The student should write 3 pages every other week and send them by e-mail to every Tuesday.


    Throughout the course, students will be asked to write various reactions on a plethora of topics covered in the course. The students should express their ideas in a clear and organized manner, while paying attention to presentation and proper syntax and grammar usage. The first paragraph should express the problems encountered in the reading. The following paragraphs should broach relevant questions, commentaries, and ideas that the student has on the subject. The students will then use the reaction as a basis for the ensuing class discussion.


    The quizzes will be brief with a variety of styles: identifications, matching, multiple choice, true and false, etc. They will cover the themes and subjects studied throughout the course.

    Research Paper

    The research paper should be between 6-8 pages long, and provide a reactionary analysis on a topic from the course genres that the student wishes to explore more in-depth: literature, architecture, painting, sculpture, history, etc. However, the student is not limited to analyzing the material discussed in class. Students may choose to write on an aspect in the city of Valencia, or the Madrid and Pyrenees cultural trips that they have experienced in relation to the material covered in class from Antiquity to Gothic.

    Papers should be double spaced with 1? margins all sides and written in a 12 pt. Font Courier New. Students should follow the MLA Guidelines when sighting bibliographical references. The paper should contain a minimum of 6-8 references.

    Remember, the paper should be authentic and not a re-hash of things discussed or already known in the research world. Be creative, authentic, and avante-garde, work in the margins.

    Grading Scale

    0-59 F; 60-63 D-; 64-66 D; 67-69 D+; 70-73 C-; 74-76 C; 77-79 C+; 80-84 B-; 85-88 B;
    89-91 B+; 92-94 A-; 95-100 A

    ADA Policy
    Students with disabilities needing academic accommodations should register with and provide documentation to the Professor, The Students Services Office, or Director Ignacio Messana. This process should be completed by the end of the first week of classes.

    Academic Honor System

    Students are expected and required to abide by the Academic Honor System as outlined in the FSU General Bulletin.

    Nota Bene

    The Professor reserves the right to make pedagogical changes due to unique opportunities or needs that arise throughout the semester.


    I have read and understood the syllabus for HUM 2210.___________________________________________

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