This class introduces students to issues involved in the creation and interpretation of works of art. Through slide lectures and discussion, we will examine works of art from different time periods and cultures. Students will study materials and techniques used by artists and acquire skills and vocabulary necessary for visual analysis. They also will understand art as personal expression and as a response to social, economic, religious, and political forces. As students develop an awareness of the ways in which art both reflects and influences its audiences, they will become more confident critics of the visual arts.
Literature reflects the excitement and complexity of human experience and helps shape how we interpret and celebrate it. Through a variety of engaging themes, these courses introduce students to the pleasures of interpreting poetry, fiction and drama.
Although specific topics will vary from course to course, this class will introduce students to the foundations of historical inquiry, emphasizing not only content but also methods.
These courses are broad introductions to culture, language and literature. Topics will change from course to course.
The need to express human feelings and thoughts through the art of music has been part of human expression since the beginning of humankind. The evolution of musical expression - whether in a formalized classical structure or an improvisational form - is important to the understanding of human culture. Topics may vary depending on the class.
Although specific topics vary from course to course, this class introduces students to religious studies.
This course is an examination of the process playwrights, directors, actors, and designers use in creating a theatrical production.