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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 theater), 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 adviser.

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 290 Creative Writing
ENG 391 Poetry Workshop
ENG 393 Fiction Workshop II
ENG 394 Workshop: The Craft of Fiction
ENG 397 Creative Nonfiction Workshop
ENG 398 Screenwriting I

Theory Courses
ENG 165 Introduction to African American Literature I
ENG 203 The Lyric
ENG 210 Flexing Sex
ENG 212 Literature of Sexual Minorities
ENG 213 Environmental Literature
ENG 261 Popular Fiction
ENG 266 Modernist American Poetry
ENG 267 Post World War II American Poetry
ENG 270 Globalism and Literature
ENG 300 Literary Theory Since Plato
ENG 302 Post-Structuralist Literary Theory
ENG 304 Feminist Literary Theory
ENG 305 Psychoanalysis and Literature
ENG 354 Forms of Memoir
ENG 360 Sexuality and American Literature
ENG 361 Readings in Multi-Ethnic Women's Literature
ENG 362 Body, Memory, Representation
ENG 395 Story and History
RUSE 208 Fantastika: Sci Fi & Fantasy in the Russian World
WRRH 322 Adolescent Literature

Studio Courses
DAN 140 Dance Ensemble
DAN 200 Dance Composition I
DAN 250 Dance Improvisation
DAN 300 Dance Composition II
DAN 110 Intro to Global Dance: Dances of the African Diaspora
DAN 907 Intro to Jamaican Dance
DAN 950 Jamaican Dance II
DAN 955 Global Dance Techniques II: Dances of the African Diaspora
DAN 900s Any full-credit dance technique course or two half-credit technique courses (DAT).

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

Combined Studio-Theory Courses
DAN 230 Community Arts (SLC)
DAN 305 Somatics
DAN/EDUC 335 Arts & Education
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 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 220 Tonal Theory and Aural Skills II
MUS 320 Tonal and Chromatic Theory
MUS 420 Advanced Chromatic Theory and Counterpoint

Studio Courses " Theatrical Production and Performance
THTR 130 Acting I
THTR 160 Introduction to Stagecraft
THTR 280 Stage Management
THTR 290 Theatre for Social Change
THTR 295 The Performing Arts of Bali
THTR 330 Acting II
THTR 335 Shakespearean Performance
THTR 340 Advanced Acting Styles
THTR 360 Introduction to Lighting and Design
THTR 370 Playwriting Workshop
THTR 480 Directing
THTR 900 Theater Production (half credit course)

Theory Courses - Dramatic Literature, History, and Theory
MUS 210 American Musical Theatre
THTR 100 From Page to Stage: Intro to Script Analysis
THTR 220 Theatre History I
THTR 300 American Drama
THTR 308 American Experimental Theatres
THTR 309 Feminist Theatre
THTR 310 African American Theatre
THTR 320 Theatre History II
THTR 325 Modern Drama
THTR 424 Writing About Performance

Studio Courses
ENG 398 Screenwriting I
MDSC 305 Film Editing
THTR 130 Acting I
THTR 330 Acting II

Theory Courses
ENG 180 Film Analysis
ENG 280 Film Analysis II
ENG 281 Film Histories I
ENG 282 Film Histories II
ENG 283 Film Histories III
ENG 286 The Art of the Screenplay
ENG 380 Film and Ideology
ENG 381 Hollywood on Hollywood
ENG 382 New Waves
ENG 383 Science Fiction Film
MDSC 315 Introduction to Social Documentary

PHIL 230 Aesthetics This course addresses a variety of philosophical issues relating to the arts, focusing on questions such as these: What is the nature of artistic creativity? What is the purpose of the arts? Is there a way for us to determine aesthetic value? Is there truth in art? How are emotions related to the arts? What role should art critics play? How are interpretations and evaluations of art influenced by factors such as culture, time period, race, gender, class? What role do the arts have in non-Western cultures? Are there aesthetic experiences outside of the arts? The course concludes by examining specific art forms chosen according to student interests. (Oberbrunner, offered annually)