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Note: Several faculty in other departments and interdisciplinary programs offer courses that address the arts, culture and society. Collins, Davenport, and Whittier act as advisers for the major and minor.
The Arts and Education Program provides students with an opportunity to examine the role of the arts in fostering personal and cultural development. The objective of the program is to enable students to form and articulate their own critical perspectives based upon an understanding of four fundamental aspects of arts education: 1) the nature of human development, 2) the nature of art and artistic expression, 3) the theory and practice of education, and 4) the experience of artistic expression. This program is not intended to prepare students to teach in the arts; it is designed for students who wish to deepen their understanding of both art and education, while critically exploring the relationship between these two kinds of human experience. The Arts and Education Program offers an interdisciplinary major and minor.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (B.A.)
interdisciplinary, 12 courses
AEP 335; two courses from among DAN 325 Movement Analysis: Laban Studies, EDUC 301 Drama in a Development Context, PHIL 230 Aesthetics, or an equivalent theory-based arts course; one course from among EDUC 202 Human Growth and Development, PSY 203 Introduction to Child Psychology and Human Development, PSY 205 Adolescent Psychology; at least four studio electives, three of which must be in one artistic discipline (art, creative writing, dance, music, or theater); two additional education courses from one of the program core or elective groups; and two additional courses on art, culture, and society. Only three 100-level courses may count toward the major. All courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR
interdisciplinary, 6 courses
AEP 335; one course from among DAN 325 Movement Analysis: Laban Studies, EDUC 301 Drama in a Development Context, PHIL 230 Aesthetics, or an equivalent theory-based arts course; one course from among EDUC 202 Human Growth and Development, PSY 203 Introduction to Child Psychology and Human Development, PSY 205 Adolescent Psychology, three studio electives in one discipline (art, creative writing, dance, music, or theater).
AEP 335 Arts and Human Development
DAN 325 Movement Analysis: Laban Studies
EDUC 301 Drama in a Developmental Context
PHIL 230 Aesthetics
STUDIO ELECTIVES (sample)
ARTS 105 Color and Composition
ARTS 114 Introduction to Sculpture
ARTS 115 Three Dimensional Design
ARTS 125 Introduction to Drawing
ARTS 126 Figure Drawing
ARTS 130 Photography and Culture
ARTS 135 Introduction to Photography
ARTS 165 Introduction to Imaging
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 Silkscreen Printing
ARTS 246 Intaglio Printing
ARTS 248 Woodcut Printing
ARTS 265 Intermediate Imaging
ARTS 266 Time in Art
ARTS 267 Digital Imaging
ARTS 268 Time in Art II
ARTS 301 Imaging Workshop
ARTS 305 Painting Workshop
ARTS 315 Sculpture Workshop
ARTS 345 Printmaking Workshop
ARTS 365 Imaging Workshop
DAN 105 Introduction to Dance: Theory and Practice
DAN 140 Dance Ensemble
DAN 200 Dance Composition I
DAN 250 Dance Improvisation
DAN 300 Dance Composition II
DAN 305 Somatics
Any full-credit dance technique course (DAN 900 series)
ENG 260 Creative Writing
ENG 305 Poetry Workshop
ENG 308 Screenwriting I
ENG 309 Fiction Workshop
ENG 310 Creative Non-Fiction Workshop
ENG 315 Advanced Fiction Workshop II
ENG 326 Performance/Slam Poetry
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
MUS 203 History of Western Art Music: Baroque and Classical
MUS 204 History of Western Art Music: Romantic and Modern
MUS 206 Opera as Drama
Two semesters of any 900-level course
THTR 178 Acting I
THTR 179 Introduction to Stage Craft
THTR 225 Introduction to Lighting Design
THTR 275 Acting II
THTR 305 Advanced Acting Styles
THTR 307 Playwriting Workshop
THTR 386 Shakespearean Performance
Two semesters of THTR 490 Theatre Production
EDUC 200 Philosophy of Education
EDUC 201 History of Education
EDUC 203 Children with Disabilities
EDUC 208 Teaching, Learning and Popular Culture
EDUC 220 Storytelling and the Oral Tradition
EDUC 221 Understanding Autism
EDUC 302 Disability in China
EDUC 304 Representations, Inferences, and Meanings
EDUC 306 Technology for Children with Disabilities
EDUC 320 Children's Literature
EDUC 332 Disability, Family, and Society
EDUC 333 Literacy
EDUC 346 Technology in Education
EDUC 350 Constructivism and Teaching
EDUC 370 Social Foundations of Multiculturalism
Art, Culture and Society Electives
Courses chosen from the following departments and programs with permission of an Arts and Education Program coordinator: Africana Studies, Art History, Asian Languages and Cultures, Dance, English, European Studies, French and Francophone Studies, German Area Studies, Latin American Studies, Music, Media and Society, Philosophy, Russian Area Studies, Spanish and Hispanic Studies, Theatre, Women's Studies, and Writing and Rhetoric.
335 The Arts and Human Development The primary purpose of this course is to explore the ways in which the arts serve human development. Students examine the relationship between the arts and various dimensions of development such as cognitive, cultural, and emotional growth. This course is interdisciplinary in nature and addresses some of the following questions: What is art? Do different forms of art serve different functions? What do the arts teach children that other traditional subjects do not teach? What is the role of creativity in art? Students are encouraged to explore connections between the arts and education while also reflecting upon the significance of the arts in their own lives. (Collins/Davenport/Whittier, Spring, offered annually)