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Courses in the Arts and Literature domain ask students to extend their knowledge and experience of the arts while developing their critical and reflective abilities. In these courses, students interpret and analyze particular creative works, investigate the relations of form and meaning, and through critical and/or creative activity, come to better understand the original audience that witnessed a work of art and how its meaning and significance changes over time. These courses focus on works of art or literature, however the process of analysis may include social, cultural, and historical issues. Genres covered in this domain include literature, the visual arts, media arts, the performing arts, music, and theater.

Learning Outcomes

​Students will be able to:

  • Explain, in well-written prose, what a work of art is about and/or how it was produced
    • Articulate and explain the “content” of that work and/or its methodology of production.
  • Comment on the relationship between form and content in a work.
    • How does the 14-line sonnet both enable and inhibit its practitioner, for example?
    • What are the generic expectations of a particular form?
    • How does an artist complicate, enrich, or subvert such expectations?
  • Assess the formal aspects of their subject and put those qualities into words, using, when appropriate, specialized vocabulary employed in class and readings.
  • Contextualize a work of art.
    • Do so with respect to other works of art in terms of defining its place within a broader style or genre.
    • Contextualize a work of art in terms of contemporaneous aesthetic, social, or political concerns, discussing how these might shape the work’s reception and how that reception might differ amongst various peoples and historical periods.

Courses

Below please find examples of courses previously offered for arts and literature credit. For information on current offerings, please consult campus connection.

Course Title Quarter Hours
African and Black Diaspora Studies
ABD 221ROMANCE, GENDER, AND RACE4
ABD 235HARLEM RENAISSANCE AND NEGRITUDE4
ABD 244AFRICAN WOMEN WRITERS4
ABD 245RACE AND ETHNICITY IN LITERARY STUDIES4
ABD 246INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN ART4
ABD 247ANCIENT AFRICAN ART4
ABD 249JAZZ AND THE DIASPORIC IMAGINATION4
ABD 252POST-COLONIAL AFRICAN ART4
ABD 261RADICAL AESTHETICS OF HIP HOP4
ABD 262WHAT IS BLACK CINEMA?4
ABD 285AFRO-HISPANIC LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION4
American Studies
AMS 290AMERICAN VOICES: TO 18604
Animation
ANI 101ANIMATION FOR NON-MAJORS4
ANI 206HISTORY OF ANIMATION4
Art, Media, and Design
ART 101DIGITAL FOUNDATIONS4
ART 104CREATING ART4
ART 105TWO-DIMENSIONAL FOUNDATIONS4
ART 106BEGINNING DRAWING4
ART 110BEGINNING PAINTING4
ART 113THREE DIMENSIONAL FOUNDATIONS4
ART 114FOUR DIMENSIONAL FOUNDATIONS4
ART 115BEGINNING SCULPTURE4
ART 204VISUAL COMMUNICATION4
ART 224BEGINNING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY4
ART 225BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY4
ART 226VIDEO ART4
ART 227DIGITAL ART4
ART 229BEGINNING PRINTMAKING4
ART 230ISSUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN4
ART 260INTERMEDIA STUDIO4
ART 264TEXT IN THE VISUAL ARTS4
ART 289EXPERIMENTAL FILM AND VIDEO4
ART 302TOPICS IN THE HISTORY OF CINEMA4
Catholic Studies
CTH 250ART IN THE SPANISH AMERICAN EMPIRE4
CTH 251CATHOLIC THEMES IN CONTEMPORARY CINEMA4
CTH 252BYZANTINE ART4
CTH 253CONQUEST AND CONVERSION: THE ART OF THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES4
CTH 254THE AGE OF CATHEDRALS: THE ART OF THE LATER MIDDLE AGES4
CTH 255ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL ART4
CTH 256ITALIAN RENAISSANCE ART4
CTH 257BAROQUE ART4
CTH 258NORTHERN RENAISSANCE ART4
CTH 260ART, LITURGY AND LIFE4
CTH 261CATHOLIC FAITH AND MUSICAL EXPRESSION4
CTH 264CATHOLICISM AND LITERATURE4
CTH 266CONTEMPORARY SPIRITUAL MEMOIRS4
Communication Studies
CMNS 230PERFORMANCE: COMMUNICATION, CREATIVITY AND THE BODY4
CMNS 367PERFORMANCE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE4
Comparative Literature
CPL 211GREAT IDEAS,THE INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY II4
CPL 242PICTURES OF INJUSTICE: NARRATIVE ARTS IN SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS4
English
ENG 101INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE4
ENG 120READING LITERATURE4
ENG 130THEMES IN LITERATURE4
ENG 201INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING4
ENG 205LITERATURE TO 17004
ENG 206LITERATURE FROM 1700 TO 19004
ENG 207LITERATURE FROM 1900 TO THE PRESENT4
ENG 216CREATING CHARACTERS4
ENG 218READING AND WRITING FICTION4
ENG 219READING AND WRITING POETRY4
ENG 228INTRODUCING SHAKESPEARE4
ENG 231GOTHIC MONSTERS AND VILLAINS4
ENG 232THE ROMANCE4
ENG 235SCIENCE FICTION4
ENG 245THE BRITISH NOVEL4
ENG 250GREAT WRITERS4
ENG 265THE AMERICAN NOVEL4
ENG 268LITERATURE ACROSS CULTURES4
ENG 271AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE4
ENG 272LITERATURE AND IDENTITY4
ENG 273GLOBAL ASIAN LITERATURE4
ENG 275LITERATURE AND FILM4
ENG 276LATINX LITERATURE4
ENG 280THE EPIC4
ENG 283GENDER IN LITERATURE4
ENG 284THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE4
ENG 285LGBTQ LITERATURE4
ENG 286TOPICS IN POPULAR LITERATURE4
Environmental Science
ENV 180ISSUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN4
ENV 181LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE4
Film and Television Production
FILM 100INTRODUCTION TO CINEMA: THE ART OF MAKING MOVIES (FORMERLY DC 100)4
FILM 102FOUNDATIONS OF CINEMA FOR NON-MAJORS (FORMERLY DC 205)4
FILM 165DIGITAL STILL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR NON-MAJORS (FORMERLY DC 125)4
FILM 170THE ART OF PRODUCTION DESIGN (FORMERLY DC 121)4
FILM 233CINEMA & ART (FORMERLY DC 233)4
FILM 281THE ART OF SCREEN ACTING (FORMERLY DC 250)4
French
FCH 306SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY FRANCE4
FCH 319FRENCH/FRANCOPHONE WOMEN WRITERS4
Game Development
GAM 224GAME DESIGN FOR NON-MAJORS4
Geography
GEO 172CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY4
German
GER 278THE MAKING OF THE GRIMMS' FAIRYTALES4
Graphic Design
GD 200GRAPHIC DESIGN I4
GD 220HISTORY OF DESIGN I4
GD 221TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY GRAPHIC DESIGN4
History of Art and Architecture
HAA 101INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN ART4
HAA 115INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN ART4
HAA 130INTRODUCTION TO EUROPEAN ART4
HAA 145INTRODUCTION TO ARTS OF THE AMERICAS4
HAA 200SPECIAL TOPICS ON THE ART INSTITUTE4
HAA 201ANCIENT AFRICAN ART4
HAA 202CLASSICAL AFRICAN ART4
HAA 203POST-COLONIAL AFRICAN ART4
HAA 215CHINESE ART4
HAA 216JAPANESE ART4
HAA 218ARTS OF THE SILK ROAD4
HAA 219JAPANESE FILM ARTS4
HAA 230ART AND EMPIRE IN THE ANCIENT WORLD4
HAA 231CONQUEST & CONVERSION: THE ART OF THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES4
HAA 232AGE OF CATHEDRALS: THE ART OF THE LATER MIDDLE AGES4
HAA 234BYZANTINE ART4
HAA 236NORTHERN RENAISSANCE ART4
HAA 237ITALIAN RENAISSANCE ART4
HAA 238BAROQUE ART4
HAA 23919TH CENTURY EUROPEAN ART4
HAA 240ART FROM 1900-19454
HAA 242ART FROM 1945 - 19754
HAA 243MAYA ART AND ARCHITECTURE4
HAA 245ART OF THE ANDES4
HAA 246ART IN THE SPANISH AMERICAN EMPIRE4
HAA 247MODERN LATIN AMERICAN ART4
HAA 248MEXICAN ART4
HAA 260AMERICAN ART4
HAA 263HISTORY OF INTERIOR DESIGN4
HAA 265HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY4
HAA 268HISTORY OF FILM4
HAA 273ANIME AND MANGA4
HAA 280PREMODERN ARCHITECTURE: ANCIENT SOCIETIES TO THE ENLIGHTENMENT4
HAA 281MODERN ARCHITECTURE4
Illustration
ILL 206HISTORY OF COMICS4
Islamic World Studies
IWS 215MUSLIMS IN AMERICAN FICTION AND FILM4
Italian
ITA 307DANTE'S INFERNO: THE WORLD OF THE CONDEMNED4
ITA 308DANTE'S PURGATORY AND PARADISE: THE REALM OF SALVATION4
ITA 329ITALIAN CINEMA4
ITA 340ITALIAN CIVILIZATION III: MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ITALY4
Latin American and Latino Studies
LST 249MODERN LATIN AMERICAN ART4
Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender, Queer Studies
LGQ 280LGBTQ LITERATURE FROM THE ANCIENT WORLD TO THE RENAISSANCE4
LGQ 282INTRODUCTION TO LGBTQ LITERATURE4
Media and Cinema Studies
MCS 207HISTORY OF CINEMA I, 1890-19454
MCS 208HISTORY OF CINEMA II, 1945-19754
MCS 209HISTORY OF CINEMA III, 1975-PRESENT4
MCS 251SPACES OF CINEMA IN ROME4
MCS 260TRANSMEDIA STORYTELLING: BUILDING A NARRATIVE WORLD4
MCS 273STORYTELLING & STYLE IN CINEMA4
MCS 275COMICS STUDIES4
MCS 376LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA4
Modern Languages
MOL 210CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY4
MOL 211ANCIENT GREEK AND ROMAN EPIC4
MOL 212ANCIENT GREEK AND ROMAN TRAGEDY4
MOL 213ANCIENT GREEK AND ROMAN COMEDY4
MOL 214THE CLASSICAL FEMININE4
MOL 243JAPANESE POETRY IN TRANSLATION4
MOL 248CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY4
MOL 250CHINESE CINEMA -- A WINDOW ON CHINA4
MOL 308TOPICS IN JAPANESE LITERATURE4
MOL 316TOPICS IN THE RUSSIAN NOVEL4
MOL 317TOPICS IN THE RUSSIAN SHORT STORY4
MOL 318MASTERPIECES OF RUSSIAN LITERATURE4
MOL 320MODERN JAPANESE LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION4
MOL 360REALISM IN RUSSIAN DRAMA4
MOL 361MODERN RUSSIAN DRAMA4
Musicianship
MUS 100UNDERSTANDING MUSIC4
MUS 102COMPOSITION AND SOUND ART FOR NON-MUSIC MAJORS4
MUS 105ROCK MUSIC-THE BEATLES: MUSIC,AESTHETICS AND CULTURE4
MUS 107GUIDE TO MUSIC THEORY4
MUS 108ROCK MUSICS OF THE WORLD4
MUS 112ROCK COMPOSITION4
MUS 140MUSIC OF THE WORLD'S PEOPLE4
MUS 201MUSIC OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE 19004
MUS 202WOMEN AND MUSIC4
MUS 203CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL IMPROVISATION: SCRATCH ORCHESTRA4
MUS 204WHAT WERE THE BLUES? 1920-19604
MUS 205THAT HIGH LONESOME SOUND: BLUEGRASS 1936-19724
MUS 207INTRODUCTION TO SONGWRITING4
MUS 272TRENDS IN 20TH CENTURY ART AND MUSIC4
MUS 278JAZZ4
MUS 280POPULAR MUSIC OF AFRICA4
MUS 281OPERA4
MUS 282LOVE SONGS4
MUS 283INTRODUCTION TO LYRIC WRITING4
MUS 284CINEMATIC SOUNDS: THE ROLE OF MUSIC IN FILM4
MUS 305MUSICAL ENCOUNTERS OF THE PORTUGUESE EMPIRE4
Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies
PAX 240VOICES OF WAR AND PEACE: ART, LITERATURE AND FILM4
PAX 242PICTURES OF INJUSTICE: NARRATIVE ARTS IN SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS4
Russian
RUS 360REALISM IN RUSSIAN DRAMA4
RUS 361MODERN RUSSIAN DRAMA4
School of Continuing and Professional Studies (formerly SNL)
SNC 185THE BEATLES AND THE CREATIVE PROCESS4
SNC 187RACE AND IDENTITY IN THE AMERICAN THEATER4
SNC 192NEW ORLEANS IN SONG, STORY & STRUGGLE4
SNC 197ANALYZING AUSTEN'S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE4
SNC 212ROOTED IN THE CITY: WRITERS & WRITING IN CHICAGO4
SNC 227BRAVE NEW WORLD AND 1984: DIVERGING DYSTOPIAS4
Sound Recording Technology
REC 216PRO TOOLS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE RECORDING STUDIO4
REC 217EDM AND THE ART OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC4
Theatre
ACT 100POLITICS, POP CULTURE, AND THE STAGE4
ACT 200MAKING PLAYS: THEATER AND THE ART OF PRODUCTION4
ACT 209SKETCH COMEDY4
ACT 223INTRODUCTION TO IMPROVISATION4
ACT 241ARE WE STILL FABULOUS?: QUEER IDENTITY IN CONTEMPORARY DRAMA4
ACT 242STAGE DIRECTION FOR NON-MAJORS4
ACT 244DRAMATIC WRITING FOR NON-MAJORS4
ACT 250AMERICAN FUNNY: STAGE COMEDY FROM GROUCHO MARX TO TINA FEY4
ACT 251STAGE TO SCREEN: CINEMATIC TRANSLATIONS OF THE DRAMATIC CANON4
ACT 253THEME PARK THEATRE4
ACT 255ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS:THE ECLECTIC QUILT OF AIDS DRAMA4
THE 208UNDERAGE ONSTAGE4
THE 256THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES DRAMATIC LITERATURE:PLAYS FOR THE ONCE AND FUTURE AMERICAN AUDIENCE4
THE 258SHADOWS OF UNDERSTANDING: THE HOLOCAUST IN THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE4
THE 259PERFORMING MOSAIC: JEWISH CULTURE'S INFLUENCE ON AMERICAN THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE4
THE 345POLITICAL THEATRE4
Women's and Gender Studies
WGS 255DECONSTRUCTING THE DIVA4
WGS 322FEMALE IDENTITIES: YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE4
WGS 336WOMEN AND FILM4
WGS 378UTOPIAN AND DYSTOPIAN LITERATURE AND FILM: GENDER, RACE AND BEYOND4
Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse
WRD 241THE ESSAY FROM PRINT TO NEW MEDIA4
WRD 263READING BETWEEN THE GROOVES: THE RHETORICAL POWER OF POPULAR MUSIC4
WRD 266LEVELING UP: THE SOCIAL RHETORIC OF VIDEO GAMES4
WRD 281WRITING CENSORSHIP4
WRD 284SPORTS WRITING IN AMERICA: MYTHS, MEMORIES, HEROES AND VILLAINS4
WRD 285TRUTH IN DISGUISE: THE RHETORIC OF SATIRE4
WRD 286WRITING WITH PHOTOGRAPHS4
WRD 287THE COMIC BOOK AS VISUAL ARGUMENT4