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The Aesthetics program seeks to help students gain insight into the nature and importance of artistic expression, the role of criticism in the arts, and the place of the arts in society. These are particularly significant issues in the current social climate in which the arts increasingly have been asked to justify themselves, as government funding for the arts and for public education in the arts has dwindled. The program offers an interdisciplinary minor consisting of five courses. To be credited to the minor, a course must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

interdisciplinary, 5 courses
There is one required course: PHIL 230 Aesthetics. In addition, from the following list of six artistic disciplines (art, creative writing, film, dance, music, and theatre), the student must choose two artistic disciplines and take two courses in each one. The two courses in each artistic discipline must involve both studio and theory work, according to one of the following combinations: a) one studio course and one theory course; b) two combined studio-theory courses; c) one combined studio-theory course and either one studio course or one theory course. The following list specifies the courses within each of the six artistic disciplines that are studio courses, theory courses, and combined studio-theory courses. New courses, studio courses, or occasionally offered studio courses may qualify for the minor with approval of the advisor.

Studio Courses
ARTS 105 Color and Composition
ARTS 114 Introduction to Sculpture
ARTS 115 Three Dimensional Design
ARTS 125 Introduction to Drawing
ARTS 165 Introduction to Imaging
ARTS 166 Time in Art
ARTS 203 Representational Painting
ARTS 204 Abstract Painting
ARTS 209 Watercolor
ARTS 214 Metal Sculpture
ARTS 215 Sculpture (Modeling)
ARTS 225 Life Drawing
ARTS 227 Advanced Drawing
ARTS 245 Photo Screen Printing
ARTS 246 Intaglio Printing
ARTS 248 Woodcut Printing
ARTS 265 Intermediate Imaging
ARTS 305 Painting Workshop
ARTS 315 Sculpture Workshop
ARTS 345 Printmaking Workshop
ARTS 365 Imaging Workshop

Theory Courses
ARCH 312 Theories of Modern Architecture and Urbanism
ARTH 100 Issues in Art
ARTH 101 Ancient to Medieval Art
ARTH 102 Renaissance to Modern
ARTH 110 Visual Culture
ARTH 201 African American Art
ARTH 210 Woman as Image Maker
ARTH 211 Women in 19th Century Art and Culture
ARTH 255 French Roots of Modernism
ARTH 282 20th Century American Art
ARTH 306 Telling Tales: Narrative in Asian Art
ARTH 332 Roman Art, Architecture, & Power
ARTH 333 Art Since 1960
ARTH 335 Femme Fatale and Film

Studio Courses
ENG 260 Creative Writing
ENG 305 Poetry Workshop
ENG 308 Screenwriting I
ENG 309 Workshop: The Craft of Fiction
ENG 310 Creative Non-Fiction Workshop
ENG 315 Fiction Workshop II

Theory Courses
ENG 210 Modernist American Poetry
ENG 223 Environmental Literature
ENG 238 Flexing Sex
ENG 239 Popular Fiction
ENG 246 Globalism and Literature
ENG 264 Post World War II American Poetry
ENG 281 Literature of Sexual Minorities
ENG 291 Introduction to African American Literature I
ENG 300 Literary Theory Since Plato
ENG 302 Post-Structuralist Literary Theory
ENG 304 Feminist Literary Theory
ENG 312 Psychoanalysis and Literature
ENG 318 Body, Memory, Representation
ENG 327 The Lyric
ENG 342 Readings in Multi-Ethnic Women’s Literature
ENG 354 Forms of Memoir
ENG 381 Sexuality and American Literature
ENG 394 Story and History
WRRH 322 Adolescent Literature

Studio Courses
DAN 140   Dance Ensemble
DAN 200 Dance Composition I
DAN 250 Dance Improvisation
DAN 300 Dance Composition II
DAT Any full-credit dance technique course or two half-credit technique courses.

Theory Courses
DAN 210 Dance History I
DAN 212 Dance History II
DAN 432 Dance Education Seminar

Combined Studio-Theory Courses
DAN 105 Introduction to Dance: Theory and Practice
DAN 305 Somatics
DAN 325 Movement Analysis: Laban Studies


Studio Courses
MUS 900 Any two private instruction or ensemble courses (900 series) will count as one studio course.
Consecutive study not required.

Theory Courses
MUS 110 Introduction to Music Theory
MUS 120 Tonal Theory and Aural Skills I
MUS 121 Tonal Theory and Aural Skills II
MUS 202 History of Western Art Music: Medieval and Renaissance (600-1600)
MUS 203 History of Western Art Music: Baroque and Classical (1600-1800)
MUS 204 History of Western Art Music: Romantic and Modern (1800-1950)
MUS 231 Tonal and Chromatic Theory
MUS 232 Advanced Chromatic Theory and Counterpoint
MUS 401 Form and Analysis

Studio Courses – Theatrical Production and Performance
THTR 178 Acting I
THTR 179 Introduction to Stagecraft
THTR 225 Introduction to Lighting and Design
THTR 275 Acting II
THTR 305 Advanced Acting Styles
THTR 307 Playwriting Workshop
THTR 386 Shakespearean Performance
THTR 900 Theater Production (half credit course)

Theory Courses – Dramatic Literature, History, and Theory
THTR 242 American Experimental Theatres
THTR 270 American Drama
THTR 278 Introduction to Dramatic Literature
THTR 328 European Drama from Lessing to Ibsen
THTR 379 Modern European Theatre
THTR 380 Modern Drama
MUS 210 American Musical Theatre

Studio Courses
THTR 178 Acting I
THTR 275 Acting II
ENG 308 Screenwriting I
MDSC 305 Film Editing

Theory Courses
ENG 176 Film Analysis
ENG 230 Film Analysis II
ENG 233 The Art of the Screenplay
ENG 287 Film Histories I
ENG 288 Film Histories II
ENG 289 Film Histories III
ENG 368 Film and Ideology
ENG 370 Hollywood on Hollywood
ENG 375 Science Fiction Film
ENG 376 New Waves
MDSC 315 Introduction to Social Documentary