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+ - 19th Century Studies

Focus: Students choosing this cluster will explore the intersections between history, culture, and art as they developed throughout the 19th century. The Napoleonic wars, the American Civil war, slavery, the industrial revolution, colonialism and imperialism, Darwinism, as well as numerous scientific discoveries and innovations are reflected in and influenced by the art, literature, and culture of the period.

Cluster Coordinator/email: English Department Chair, Associate Professor of English: Joanna Levin

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open to all majors.
 
Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.
 
ART 261: Renaissance to Modern Art
ART 362: Nineteenth Century Art
ENG 320: American Literature before 1870 [ENG 256]
HIST 170: Why Africa Matters: African History 1800-Present
HIST 180: Modern Latin American History
HIST 190: From the Shaolin Temple to Shonen Manga: Modern East Asia
HIST 202: Modern World Civilizations
HIST 310: Modern Europe
HIST 332: Slavery, Civil War and Reconstruction
HUM 350: Cities and Civilization
MUS 303: Music History and Literature III [junior standing, pass MUS 102, 233 with a "C" or better. Perquisites for B.M. composition major, pass MUS 102, 233 with a "B" or better.]
PHIL 311: Descartes to Kierkegaard (cross listed with REL 311)
TH 372: Theatre History II - Eighteenth to Twentieth Centuries [TH 170 or equivalent, and junior standing]

The following course must have the cluster coordinator's approval:
ENG 445: Major Author(s) [ENG 256] (when topic is 19th century author)

+ - Comparative World Religions

Focus: This cluster focuses on the comparative study of world religions and is designed to increase student understanding of the diverse religious traditions embraced by people around the world and to facilitate their ability to make comparisons across traditions. All courses within this cluster are comparative in nature and include at least one tradition outside of the western monotheisms of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (a separate cluster exists dealing exclusively with these traditions).

Cluster Coordinator/email: Religious Studies Department Chair, Associate Professor of Religious Studies: Nancy Martin

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to majors in Religious Studies
 
Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.
 
REL 115: Living Religions of the World
REL 120: Global Ethics and Religion (cross listed with PHIL 120)
REL 125: Philosophy of Religion (cross listed with PHIL 125)
REL 330: Women and Religion
REL 335: Hinduism and the Religions of India
REL 336: Buddhism

+ - Culture of the Classical World

Focus: This cluster provides a variety of courses in the arts, history, and philosophy that explore the richness of the classical heritage that continues to shape our complex, modern world. To better understand ourselves, we must grapple with fundamental issues raised during this crucial period of world history, celebrating not only the beauty wrought by artists and thinkers, but also the difficult problems they introduced to societies across the globe.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Associate Professor of Art History and Archeology: Justin Walsh

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open to all majors.
 
Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.
 
ART 260: Ancient to Medieval Art
ART 347: Poets, Philosophers, and Citizens: Life in the Ancient Greek City
ART 351: Art and Gender in Antiquity: Women's Beauty and Men's Power in Greek and Roman Art
ART 358: Early Greek Art
ART 359: Myth, Drama and the Pursuit of the Ideal: Later Greek Art
ART 463: Cultural Heritage and the Art World
ENG 221: Literature I (Antiquity to 1400 CE)
ENG 240: World Literature to 400 CE
HIST 201: The Rise of World Civilizations
HIST 304: The Ancient Mediterranean World (cross listed with REL 304)
MUS 101: Introduction to Music
PHIL 310: From Socrates to Aquinas (cross listed with REL 310)
REL 315: Archaeology of Ancient Israel (cross listed with HIST 315)
TH 150: Theatre in World Cultures
TH 371: Theatre History I - Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century [TH 170 or equivalent, and junior standing]

As of June 1, 2016, the following courses are no longer available for selection in this cluster. 
HUM 350: Cities and Civilization
HON 310: Imaging Gender in Classical Art

+ - Design and History Fundamentals in Cinematography

Focus: This cluster gives students interested in the art of cinematography a fundamental knowledge of design and of the history of Western art. Students will develop their ability to make visual design choices, with special emphasis on the creation of motion picture work.

Cluster Coordinator/email:  Film Division Chair, Assistant Professor of Film Production: Eric Young

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

 Restrictions: Not open to majors in any of the Art programs.
 
Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.
 
ART 132: Visualization – Perspective and Rendering [graphic design major, or minor. Corequisite, ART 130]
ART 230: Introduction to Graphic Design [ART 130, 132, sophomore standing, and graphic design major, or minor, or consent of instructor. Corequisite, ART 231]
ART 233: Color [ART 230, 231, and graphic design major, or minor, and sophomore standing, or consent of instructor]
ART 260: Ancient to Medieval Art
ART 261: Renaissance to Modern Art
ART 335: Web Design [ART 130, 132, and graphic design major, or minor. Corequisite ART 230, 231, or consent of instructor]
ART 363: Modern Art
ART 364: Northern Renaissance Art
ART 367: History of Photography
ART 370: Contemporary Art: 1945 to 1970
ART 371: Contemporary Art: 1970 to the Present
ART 373: History of Graphic Design [ART 230, 231, and graphic design major, or minor, or consent of instructor]

+ - Digital Arts

Focus: This cluster is designed to serve students who have an interest in the artistic and storytelling possibilities of the digital arts.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Media Division Chair, Professor of Public Relations and Advertising: Janell Shearer

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open only to Graphic Design majors and Art majors.
 
Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.
 
CPSC 242: Introduction to the Game Industry
DA 120: Introduction to Digital Arts
DA 202: 3-D Computer Graphics I [DA 120, and digital arts major, or visual effects, or game development programming minor.]
DA 242: 2D Computer Graphics
DA 247: History and Aesthetics of Digital Arts
DA 249: Storytelling for Digital Arts [DA 247, digital arts major, or game development programming minor. Digital Arts majors must pass DA 249 with a grade of B- or better before continuing on with coursework within the major.]
DA 256: Beginning Character Animation [DA 206, digital arts major.]
DA 302: 3-D Computer Graphics II [DA 202, 249, and digital arts major, or game development programming minor.]
DA 339: Digital Illustration [DA 109, 120, 209, digital arts major.]
DA 356: Intermediate 3-D Animation [DA 249, 256, digital arts major.]
DA 369: Elements of Visual Effects [DA 120, and Dodge College major or minor.]
DA 469: Visual Effects Production [DA 379, digital arts major or visual effects minor.]

+ - Ethics

Focus: Students in this cluster will explore a wide variety of controversial ethical issues, such as war, global warming, abortion, affirmative action, the nature and limits of corporate responsibility and service to others. Let rich philosophical traditions help you to arrive at your own positions, support those conclusions with good reasons, and understand why others might disagree. You will investigate such values as justice, autonomy, and compassion, and will further develop your ability to critically assess arguments and creatively solve problems.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Philosophy Department Chair, Associate Professor of Philosophy: Michael Pace

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to majors in Philosophy
 
Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.
 
PHIL 104: Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 120: Global Ethics and Religion [cross listed with REL 120]
PHIL 303: Environmental Ethics
PHIL 304: Multicultural Ethics
PHIL 304a: Food Ethics
PHIL 304b: Global Justice
PHIL 314: Medical Ethics
PHIL 315: Voluntary Service
PHIL 316: Business and Professional Ethics
PHIL 318: Political and Legal Philosophy
PHIL 319: Philosophy of Women/Women of Color
PHIL 325: Albert Schweitzer: His Life and Thought [cross listed with REL 325/PCST 325]

+ - Global Ethics and Communication

Focus: This cluster focuses on comparative ethical reasoning in a global context and on intercultural communication. In the contemporary world we face global ethical issues about health, human rights, war, poverty, and human dignity. It is crucial to international relations and to our mutual flourishing as a global community that we are able to communicate across cultures and that we appreciate different cultures’ values and ways of ethical reasoning. This multidisciplinary cluster is designed to facilitate this type of communication and cooperation.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Religious Studies Department Chair, Associate Professor of Religious Studies: Nancy Martin

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open to all majors.
 
Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.
 
COM 211: Intercultural Communication
ENG 372: Language and Ideology
ENG 374: Environmental Rhetoric
COM 411: Communication in the Global Workplace [COM 100, 212 with a minimum grade of B-, COM 211, or consent of instructor.]
COM 482: Advanced Health Communication (cross listed with HCOM 482) [COM 100, 212 with a minimum grade of B-, COM 295 with a minimum grade of C.]
PHIL 120: Global Ethics and Religion (cross listed with REL 120)
PHIL 304: Multicultural Ethics
REL 330: Women and Religion
REL 336: Buddhism

+ - Histories and Religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam

Focus: This cluster gives students the opportunity to explore the history, values, and practice of the three major Western religious traditions.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Religious Studies Department Chair, Associate Professor of Religious Studies: Nancy Martin

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Requirements: Not open to majors in Religious Studies or History

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division. At least two of the four cluster courses must be in two different religious traditions.

Judaism:
REL 200: Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures
REL 213: Introduction to Judaism
REL 304: The Ancient World (cross listed with HIST 304)
REL 323: Interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament)

Christianity:
REL 201: Introduction to the New Testament
REL 214: Introduction to Christianity
REL 310: From Socrates to Aquinas (cross listed with PHIL 310)
REL 311: Descartes to Kierkegaard (cross listed with PHIL 311)
REL 319: Images of Jesus
REL 324: Interpretation of the New Testament 

Islam:
REL 202: Introduction to Islam
REL 303: Readings in Qur'an and Hadith 

Related Courses:
HIST 365a: Perpetrators, Witnesses, Rescuers (cross listed with REL 365a)
HIST 365b: The Holocaust: Memoirs and Histories
REL 115: Living Religions of the World
REL 120: Global Ethics and Religion (cross listed with PHIL 120)
REL 130: The Study of Religion
REL 150: The Bible and Popular Culture: Engaging the Sacred Text
REL 204: Mesopotamian Myths and Rituals
REL 307: Germany and the Holocaust (cross listed with HIST 307)
REL 312: Religious Experience in Film and Fiction
REL 315: Archaeology of Ancient Israel (cross listed with HIST 315)
REL 316: Genesis and Gender
REL 330: Women and Religion

+ - Medieval Culture

Focus: During the 1,000 years known as the Medieval period (approximately 500-1500 C.E.), an extraordinary set of events propelled Europe from the catastrophe of the fall of Rome to the burgeoning of the Renaissance. This time period was anything but “dark,” as massive changes occurred in the areas of language, literature, art, politics, economics, and philosophy. This cluster offers the opportunity to explore many of these fascinating changes and discover the roots of today’s modern world.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Associate Professor of Art History and Archeology: Justin Walsh

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open to all majors.
 
Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.
 
ART 260: Ancient to Medieval Art
ART 353: Age of the Great Gothic Cathedrals:Medieval Art and Culture
ENG 242: World Literature from 400-1600 CE
ENG 344: Topics in British Literature before 1850 [ENG 256]
HIST 110: Western Civilization: From Mesopotamia to the Renaissance
HIST 306: The Middle Ages (cross listed with REL 306)
HUM 351: The Holocaust in German Literature and Film (cross listed with GER 351)
LAT 101: Elementary Latin I
LAT 102: Elementary Latin II [LAT 101]
MUS 301: Music History and Literature I  [junior standing, and pass MUS 102, 133 with a "C" or better. Prerequisites for B.M. composition major, pass MUS 102, 133 with a "B" or better.]
PHIL 310: From Socrates to Aquinas (cross listed with REL 310)
REL 213: Introduction to Judaism
TH 150: Theatre in World Cultures
TH 371: Theatre History I –Antiquity through the Eighteenth Century [TH 170, or equivalent, and junior standing.]

+ - Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Focus: This cluster allows students to study the history, literature, religion, art, and culture of the Medieval and Renaissance period. Students are advised to take two lower-division courses before taking two required upper-division courses.

Cluster Coordinator/email: English Department Chair, Associate Professor of English: Joanna Levin

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open to all majors.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.

ART 260: Ancient and Medieval Art
ART 354: Art, Politics and Murder: 15th and 16th Century Florence and the Medici
ART 355: Art and the Senses: Visual Culture of the Most Serene Republic of Venice in the 15th and 16th Century
ART 356: Princely Art: Renaissance Court Art and Culture of Mantua, Milan, Ferrara and Rome
ART 357: Rethinking Renaissance Visual Culture: 15th and 16th Century Florence, Rome and Venice
COM 313: Rhetorical Theory [COM 100, 212 with a minimum grade of B-]
ENG 242: World Literature from 400-1600 CE
ENG 325: Introduction to Shakespeare
ENG 332: Topics in Early Modern Literature [ENG 256 or HIST 308]
ENG 355: Theater in England
ENG 430: Shakespeare's Comedies and Histories
[ENG 256, or HIST 308, or TH 210]
ENG 432: Shakespeare’s Tragedies and Romances [ENG 256, or HIST 308, or TH 210]
HIST 110: Western Civilization: From Mesopotamia to the Renaissance
HIST 201: The Rise of World Civilizations
HIST 262: History of the Samurai
HIST 306: The Middle Ages (cross listed with REL 306)
HIST 308: Early Modern Europe
HIST 346E: The Grand Tour
(travel course)
MUS 101: Introduction to Music
MUS 301: Music History and Literature I
[MUS 102 or consent of instructor]
PHIL 310: From Socrates to Aquinas (cross listed with REL 310)
REL 318: Reformation (cross listed with HIST 318)

As of June 21, 2016 the following course is no longer available for selection in this cluster:
ENG 330: Medieval Literature [ENG 256]
ENG 331: Early Modern Literature [ENG 256]

+ - Narrative and Dramatic Literature

Focus: This cluster allows students to study the principles of storytelling in literature and drama.

Cluster Coordinator/email: English Department Chair, Associate Professor of English: Joanna Levin

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to English majors.
 
Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.
 
ENG 204: Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 250: Introduction to Fiction
ENG 254: Introduction to Drama
ENG 256: Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism
ENG 260: Literature into Film
ENG 320: American Literature before 1870 [ENG 256]
ENG 325: Introduction to Shakespeare
ENG 327: Multicultural Literatures of the U.S. [ENG 256]
ENG 355: Theater in England
ENG 430: Shakespeare's Comedies and Histories [ENG 256, or HIST 308, or TH 210]
ENG 432: Shakespeare’s Tragedies and Romances [ENG 256, or HIST 308, or TH 210]
ENG 441: Topics in Drama [ENG 256]
ENG 447: Topics in Comparative Literature [ENG 256]
TH 150: Theater in World Cultures
TH 370: Script Analysis [TH 150, or 170, and sophomore standing]
TH 371: Theatre History I-Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century [TH 170, or equivalent, and junior standing.]
TH 372: Theatre History II-Eighteenth to Twenthieth Centuries [TH 170, or equivalent, and junior standing]
TH 472: Dramatic Theory and Criticism [TH 371, 372, senior standing, and theatre, or theatre performance major, or consent of instructor.]

+ - Philosophy, Knowledge, and Reality

Focus: Studying philosophy prepares you to think for yourself while learning from the insights of contemporary writers and great thinkers of the past. Enhance your appreciation of life by asking fundamental questions about reality, why God allows suffering, whether we are free or predetermined, how mind and body are related, the reliability of knowledge, the basis of scientific reasoning, and how to determine when reasoning is logical.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Philosophy Department Chair, Associate Professor of Philosophy: Michael Pace

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to majors in Philosophy
 
Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.
 
PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 102: Philosophy Through Science Fiction
PHIL 125: Philosophy of Religion [cross listed with REL 125]
PHIL 203: Logic
PHIL 300: Symbolic Logic
PHIL 305: Metaphysics
PHIL 306: Games and Decisions
PHIL 309: Religion, Knowledge, and Evil (cross listed with REL 309)
PHIL 310: From Socrates to Aquinas (cross listed with REL 310)
PHIL 311: Descartes to Kierkegaard (cross listed with REL 311)
PHIL 320: Belief, Truth, and Knowledge
PHIL 321: Philosophy of Science
PHIL 322A: Philosophical Theology [cross listed with REL 322A]
PHIL 323: Philosophy in Literature
PHIL 340: Philosophy of Mind

+ - Production Design

Focus: This cluster focuses on drawing, painting, design and the practical application of those skills to creating the "look" of a production.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Art Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art: Claudine Jaenichen

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to majors in Screen Acting, Theatre or Theatre Performance.
 
Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.
 
ART 132: Visualization – Perspective and Rendering
ART 230: Introduction to Graphic Design [ART 130, 132, sophomore standing, and graphic design major, or minor, or consent of instructor. Corequisite, ART 231]
TH 100: Introduction to Theatre Technology
TH 201: Stagecraft
TH 301: Drafting for the Entertainment Industry [TH 100]
TH 309: Scene Painting [TH 100, sophomore standing, consent of instructor]

+ - Religion and the Arts

Focus: This cluster considers the intersection of the fields of religion and art with the historic, cultural, and linguistic disciplines as well as with the creative expressions of literature, music, dance, theater, film, and graphic arts. Many of these disciplines find their origin and some of their finest manifestation in religious expression. This cluster emphasizes the shared experience of artists and spiritual sojourners, their search for self, truth, interpretation of the world, and the desire for transcendence. Required is a fundamental understanding of the nature of religion and the spiritual experience, along with the development of critical thinking, especially the norms for understanding and critiquing artistic expressions.

Cluster Coordinator/email:  Religious Studies Department Chair, Associate Professor of Religious Studies: Nancy Martin

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

 Restrictions: Open to all majors.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division. Students take at least one of the core courses plus any three other courses listed.

ANTH 397: Cultural Mythology (core course)
ART 260: Ancient to Medieval Art
ART 264: Art of India, the Himalayas and Southeast Asia
ART 265: Exchange and Evolution in the Arts of China and Japan
ART 352: Love and Death in Ancient Egypt
ART 361: Baroque Art
DANC 353: Dance in World Cultures
ENG 240: World Literature to 400 CE
ENG 242: World Literature from 400–1600 CE
ENG 320: Topics in American Literature before 1870 [ENG 256]
FREN 351: French Writers of the Holocaust [FREN 201, or consent of instructor]
FS 444G: Films About the Holocaust
GRK 101: Elementary, Classical Greek I
GRK 102: Elementary, Classical Greek II [GRK 101]
HIST 252: History and Film
HIST 365B: The Holocaust: Memoirs and Histories
MUS 101: Introduction to Music
MUS 122: Musical Cultures of the World
MUS 301: Music History and Literature I [junior standing, and pass MUS 102, 133 with a "C" or better]
MUS 302: Music History and Literature II [junior standing, pass MUS 102, 134 with a "C" or better]
PHIL 323: Philosophy in Literature
REL 125: Philosophy of Religion (core course, cross listed with PHIL 125)
REL 150: The Bible and Popular Culture: Engaging the Sacred Text
REL 204: Mesopotamian Myths and Rituals
REL 214: Introduction to Christianity
REL 312: Religious Experience in Film and Fiction (core course)
REL 314: Fiction, Film and the Catholic Contemplation Tradition
REL 315: Archaeology of Ancient Israel (cross listed with HIST 315)
REL 340: The Bible as Literature: The Hebrew Scriptures [Written Inquiry course] (cross listed with ENG 340)
REL 341: The Bible as Literature: The Christian Scriptures [Written Inquiry course] (cross listed with ENG 341)
REL 365: Topics in the Holocaust (cross listed with HIST 365)
SPAN 375/376: Literature and Culture of Spain I, II [SPAN 326, or consent of instructor]
TH 150: Theatre in World Cultures

As of June 1, 2016, the following course is no longer available in this cluster:
GRK 299: Individual Greek [GRK 102]

+ - Theatre Arts and Technology

Focus: This cluster is intended for students interested in the technical aspects of the theatrical production as they apply to film and television, dance, performance art, or other performance or entertainment areas, with a special emphasis on the creation of and communication regarding production.

Cluster Coordinator/email:  Theatre Department Chair Associate Professor of Theatre: John Benitz

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to majors in Theatre, Screen Acting, or Theatre Performance.
 
Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division. Please note that several of the upper division classes are only offered alternate years. Consult the department for further information on the semesters in which these classes are offered.
 
TH 100: Introduction to Theatre Technology
TH 201: Stagecraft [TH 100]
TH 202: Theatrical Make-Up
TH 204: Costume Construction
TH 207: Lighting for the Stage [TH 100, or consent of instructor]
TH 301: Drafting for the Entertainment Industry [TH 100]
TH 302: Advanced Stagecraft [TH 201, or consent of instructor]
TH 309: Scene Painting [TH 100, sophomore standing, consent of instructor]
TH 401: Emerging Technologies for Live Entertainment [TH 100, or consent of instructor]
TH 406: Study in Theatrical Design [TH 204, or 207, or 301, or consent of instructor]
TH 409: Stage Management [TH 100]
TH 489: One Act Play Production Workshop [theatre major, consent of instructor]

+ - The Modern Experience

Focus: Students choosing this cluster explore the experience of Modernity in diverse societies over the past two centuries. Courses in art, history, literature, film studies, and philosophy trace radical shifts in the perception and conception of self, society, nature, and other in response to new technologies, political and social upheavals, and the discovery of realities hitherto unimagined.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Professor of Art: Wendy Salmond

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open to all majors.
 
Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.
 
ART 362: Nineteenth Century Art
ART 363: Modern Art
ART 367: History of Photography
ART 370: Contemporary Art: 1945 to 1970
ART 371: Contemporary Art: 1970 to the Present
ART 373: History of Graphic Design [ART 230, 231, and graphic design major, or minor, or consent of instructor]
ART 374: Change and Exchange in the Contemporary Arts of China, Korea and Japan
ART 375: Change and Exchange in the Contemporary Arts of South Asia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia
ART 377: Modern Russian Art
ART 378: Soviet and Post-Soviet Art
ART 397: Modernism [ART 195, and art, or art history, or studio art major, or art, or art history minor]
CMCI 100: Mediated Lives and Cultural Industries
CMCI 202: Popular Culture
DANC 453: Dance History: Forces and Figures [dance, or dance performance major, or dance minor and senior standing, or consent of chair]
FS 244: History of Film to 1959
FS 245: History of Film 1960 to Present [FS 244]
HIST 180: Modern Latin American History
HIST 190: From the Shaolin Temple to Shonen Manga: Modern East Asia
HIST 226: Modern European Women's History
HIST 263: Modern Japan
HIST 310: Modern Europe
HIST 311: Russian History
HIST 313: Modern British History
HIST 338 America After the War, 1945–1960
HIST 348B: Topics in European Cultural and Intellectual History: Makers of Modern Culture
HIST 354: From Samurai to Pokemon: A Social History of Modern Japan
ITAL 341: Italian Cinema: Politics, Art, and Industry (cross listed with FS 443F)
MUS 304: Music History and Literature IV [junior standing, pass MUS 102, 234 with a "C" or better]
PHIL 311: Descartes to Kierkegaard (cross listed with REL 311)
POSC 302: Modern Political Philosophy
TH 372: Theatre History II - Eighteenth to Twentieth Centuries [TH 170, or equivalent, and junior standing]
TWP 246: History of Television [film studies, or television writing and production, or news and documentary major, or television minor]

+ - The Renaissance in Europe

Focus: Renaissance artists and thinkers created a vibrant new way of viewing the past, thus forging the way to the modern Europe we know today. The social, artistic, political, and philosophical issues with which Renaissance people struggled still resonate today as we move into the 21st century. This cluster offers an array of courses that explore many of the fascinating changes wrought during this period in European history so that we might uncover the roots of the modern world.

Cluster Coordinator/email: English Department Chair, Associate Professor of English: Joanna Levin

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open to all majors.
 
Courses: 
Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.
 
ART 354: Art, Politics and Murder: 15th and 16th Century Florence and the Medici
ART 355: Art and the Senses: Visual Culture of the Most Serene Republic of Venice in the 15th and 16th Century
ART 356: Princely Art: Renaissance Court Art and Culture of Mantua, Milan, Ferrara and Rome
ART 357: Rethinking Renaissance Visual Culture: 15th and 16th Century Florence, Rome and Venice
ENG 242: World Literature from 400-1600 CE
ENG 325: Introduction to Shakespeare
ENG 332: Topics in Early Modern Literature [ENG 256, or HIST 308]
ENG 355: Theatre in England
ENG 430: Shakespeare's Comedies and Histories [ENG 256, or HIST 308, or TH 210]
ENG 432: Shakespeare’s Tragedies and Romances [ENG 256, or HIST 308, or TH 210]
HIST 110: Western Civilization: From Mesopotamia to the Renaissance
HIST 308: Early Modern Europe
MUS 101: Introduction to Music
MUS 301: Music History and Literature I  [junior standing, and pass MUS 102, 133 with a "C" or better]
REL 318: The Reformation
SPAN 375/376: Literature and Culture of Spain I, II
[SPAN 326]

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