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Autumn 2017-2018

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May 15, 2017

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​Courses in the Understanding the Past domain study human life in past societies (primarily pre-1945) as a process of continuity and change over time. Many of the documents that mediate the past to us have considerable aesthetic or intellectual value in and of themselves. However, courses in this learning domain examine texts, art works, and other forms of evidence less for their aesthetic or intellectual value than for their usefulness as tools for reconstructing aspects of the past and building sensible, defensible, and well-informed historical interpretations about the past and about causation in the past. Students generally take two courses in the UP Domain Area.

Learning Outcomes


Below please find examples of courses previously offered for understanding the past domain credit. For information on current offerings, please consult Campus Connection.

African and Black Diaspora Studies
American Studies


Asian American Studies

Catholic Studies

Comparative Literature

Computer Games Development


Environmental Studies 


Graphic Design


History of Art and Architecture
Intercultural Communication


Latin American and Latino Studies

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Studies

Media and Cinema Studies

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