Cluster Two: Arts and Humanities (9 credits)
Cluster Two Coordinator: Dr. Dennis Beck
Cluster 2 shows students what it means to live lives enriched by reflection, imagination, and creativity. It does so by offering each individual a multidisciplinary experience within the arts and humanities, those areas of endeavor that humans have long valued for their intrinsic worth and that invite a deeper appreciation of the human experience.
The broadly stated goals for Cluster Two are:
- To introduce students to cultural, historical, aesthetic, and theoretical expressions of and questions about human experience.
- To expose students to multiple academic disciplines in the arts and humanities and their methods and unique perspectives.
- To inspire a deeper awareness of how the interplay between culture and expression affects both collective and individual identities.
- To foster appreciation of the aesthetic and formal qualities of literary, visual, and performing arts.
- To engage students in thinking critically and communicating clearly about enduring questions concerning human life, culture, and history.
After completing Human Questions and Contexts students will be able to:
AMST 200: Introduction to American Studies
ANTH 205: Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
HIST 101: World History to 1550
HIST 102: World History since 1550
HUM 102: God, Meaning, and Morality
HUM 250: Foundations of Western Culture
HUM 251: Modern Perspectives
HUM 252 Cross-Cultural Perspectives
PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy
REL 101: World Religions
After completing Visual and Performing Arts students will be able to:
ART 200: Art in General Culture
ARTH 205: Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance
ARTH 206: Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern
MUS 200: Music in General Culture
MUS 203: Music in America
MUS 206: Introduction to Global Music
THEA 210: Introduction to Theatre
After completing literature students will be able to:
ENG 221: Literature, Culture and Ideas
ENG 222: Genre(s)
ENG 235: Survey of English Literature: From Beowulf to the 18th Century
ENG 236 Survey of English Literature: 18th Century to Modern
ENG 239: Studies in World Literature
ENG 247: Survey of American Literature: From the Beginning of the Civil War
ENG 248: Survey of American Literature: From the Civil War to the Modern Period
ENG 260: Survey of African-American Literature
HUM 200: Great Works of Literature
NOTE: The courses in the literature area are designated as "writing-infused." Students will write regularly throughout the semester (a minimum of 5000 words, or about 15 pages double-spaced in a standard font) in assignments that may include both informal and formal, ungraded and graded forms. The extensive opportunity to produce and receive feedback on various genres of academic writing will help students sharpen their responses to interesting and thought-provoking texts and promote more engaged and sophisticated reading strategies.
These goals and objectives were adopted by the General Education Council in April 2007