The aesthetics program seeks to help students gain insight into the nature 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, both for the arts and for public education in the arts, has dwindled.
The program offers an interdisciplinary minor consisting of five courses. Students choose two different arts (studio art, creative writing, film, dance, music or theatre) and undertake courses that explore studio and theory aspects of each. To be credited toward the minor, all courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better.