Harvey Mudd Hsa Classes

Last Updated on July 29, 2023

HSA Departmental Courses

American Studies

  •  AMST103 HM – Introduction to American Cultures
  •  AMST115 HM – Print and American Culture
  •  AMST120 HM – Hyphenated Americans

Anthropology

  •  ANTH110 HM – Life: Knowledge, Belief, and Cultural Practices
  •  ANTH111 HM – Introduction to the Anthropology of Science and Technology
  •  ANTH115 HM – War and Conflict
  •  ANTH134 HM – Rationalities

Art

  •  ART002 HM – Modern and Contemporary Art Practices
  •  ART033 HM – Photography
  •  ART060 HM – Workshop in Hand Press Printing
  •  ART188 HM – Undisciplined Art

Art History

  •  ARHI131 HM – A History of Landscape Photography

Asian American Studies

  •  ASAM086 HM – Social Documentation/Asian American
  •  ASAM111 AA – Pacific Islanders and Education
  •  ASAM125 AA – Introduction to Asian American History: 1850-Present
  •  ASAM126 HM – Introduction to Pacific Islander History
  •  ASAM134 AA – South Asian American Experience
  •  ASAM150 AA – Contemporary Asian American Issues

Economics

  •  ECON053 HM – Principles of Macroeconomics
  •  ECON054 HM – Principles of Microeconomics
  •  ECON103 HM – The Great Economists
  •  ECON140 HM – Economics of Gender, Work, and Family
  •  ECON142 HM – Development Economics
  •  ECON150 HM – Political Economy of Higher Education
  •  ECON153 HM – Intermediate Macroeconomics
  •  ECON154 HM – Intermediate Microeconomics

Environmental Analysis

  •  EA010 HM – Introduction to Environmental Analysis
  •  EA174 HM – Building Los Angeles

Geography

  •  GEOG105 HM – Place, Power, and Difference
  •  GEOG125 HM – Geographies of Disease and Health Justice
  •  GEOG175 HM – Geographies of Labor

History

  •  HIST081 HM – Science and Technology in the Early Modern World
  •  HIST082 HM – Science and Technology in the Modern World
  •  HIST127 HM – Twentieth-Century U.S. History
  •  HIST150 HM – Technology and Medicine
  •  HIST151 HM – Science in Fiction
  •  HIST152 HM – A History of Modern Physics

Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts

  •  HSA010 HM – Critical Inquiry

Literature

  •  LIT035 HM – Fiction Workshop
  •  LIT104 HM – An Introduction to Middle English Literature
  •  LIT107 HM – Fourteen Poems: An Introduction to Poetry
  •  LIT110 HM – Performing Shakespeare
  •  LIT112 HM – Critical Shakespeares
  •  LIT117A HM – Dickens, Hardy, and the Victorian Age
  •  LIT141 HM – Monsters in Literature
  •  LIT144 HM – Poe Goes South: the Fantastic Short Story
  •  LIT145 HM – Third-World Women Writers
  •  LIT146 HM – Twentieth-Century South African Literature
  •  LIT147 HM – Writers From Africa and the Caribbean
  •  LIT155 HM – Post-Apartheid Narratives
  •  LIT156 HM – Translation; or, the Foreignness of Language
  •  LIT158 HM – Zora Neale Hurston: Theories of Race, Gender, and Art

Media Studies

  •  MS120 HM – Animal Media Studies
  •  MS127 HM – The Harmony of Sound and Light
  •  MS170 HM – Digital Cinema: Experimental Animation
  •  MS172 HM – Third Cinema
  •  MS173 HM – Exile in Cinema

Harvey Mudd Curriculum

The Core Curriculum at Harvey Mudd College seeks to nurture students’ intellectual curiosity and joy of learning, provide them with foundational knowledge and skills needed for further study in STEM disciplines, and begin a critical engagement with the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. In keeping with HMC’s liberal-arts approach to STEM education, the Core engages students in thinking critically about consequential problems and complex issues, making connections across disciplinary boundaries, communicating and collaborating effectively, and understanding how their personal and professional actions impact the world around them.

The Core includes:

  • One course each in computer science and engineering
  • One course in biology and a laboratory
  • Two semesters of mathematics
  • Two and a half semesters of physics and an associated laboratory
  • One and a half semesters of chemistry and an associated laboratory
  • A half-semester of college writing
  • A course in critical inquiry offered by the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts

The Core is demanding, but Harvey Mudd fosters collaboration, not competition—students work in teams and learn together. The hands-on, project-based courses in the Core foster a love for collaboration, communication skills and leadership ability.

Harvey Mudd’s curriculum—the Common Core, requirements in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, and the major—gives students a solid grounding in the sciences, expertise in a chosen field and an understanding of the relationship between technology and the people it serves.

HMC Common Core
The Common Core presents a coordinated, common foundation essential to the education of all students. It includes three semesters of mathematics, two and one-half semesters of physics and an associated laboratory, one and one-half semesters of chemistry and an associated laboratory, a half-semester of college writing, a course in critical inquiry offered by the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts, one semester of biology and an associated lab, one course in computer science, and one course in engineering.

The Core Curriculum at Harvey Mudd College seeks to nurture students’ intellectual curiosity and joy of learning, provide them with foundational knowledge and skills needed for further study in STEM disciplines, and begin a critical engagement with the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. In keeping with HMC’s liberal-arts approach to STEM education, the Core engages students in thinking critically about consequential problems and complex issues, making connections across disciplinary boundaries, communicating and collaborating effectively, and understanding how their personal and professional actions impact the world around them.

All Core courses must be attempted by the end of the fifth semester.

Students have the option of graduating under the curriculum spelled out in any catalog (that is, fulfilling the set of Core, major, HSA, and overall credit requirements represented by any catalog) that is in effect during their continuous enrollment at the College. Students who entered the College in the Fall of 2017, for example, would be able to graduate under the 2018–2019 catalog, if they formally notify the registrar of their wish to do so. However, the student selecting a later catalog is bound by that catalog’s entire curriculum and may not cherry-pick components of the curriculum.

Core courses are listed below. Course descriptions are also given in the course listings for the departments.

Biology (BIOL)
BIOL023 HM – Biology Laboratory (1 credits)

BIOL052 HM – Introduction to Biology (3 credits)

Chemistry (CHEM)
CHEM023A HM – Chemistry in the Modern World I (3 credits)

CHEM023B HM – Chemistry in the Modern World II (1.5 credits)

CHEM024 HM – Chemistry Laboratory (1 credits)

Computer Science (CSCI)
CSCI005 HM – Introduction to Computer Science (3 credits)

Engineering (ENGR)
ENGR079 HM – Introduction to Engineering Systems (3 credits)

Humanities, Social Sciences, And The Arts (HSA)
HSA010 HM – Critical Inquiry (3 credits)

Mathematics (MATH)
MATH030B HM – Calculus (1.5 credits) / MATH030G HM – Calculus (1.5 credits)

MATH035 HM – Probability and Statistics (1.5 credits)

MATH040 HM – Introduction to Linear Algebra (1.5 credits)

MATH045 HM – Introduction to Differential Equations (1.5 credits)

MATH060 HM – Multivariable Calculus (1.5 credits)

MATH065 HM – Differential Equations and Linear Algebra II (1.5 credits)

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