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Arts & Ideas in the Humanities Major

Effective Fall 2020

Advising

1813 East Quadrangle

(734) 647-2745

www.lsa.umich.edu/rc

The Residential College (RC) is a four-year undergraduate liberal arts program with about 900 students and 60 faculty, situated within LSA. All RC advisors are RC faculty members and are available to meet with students to discuss RC and LSA requirements, possible majors, graduation requirements, etc. The RC Board on Academic Standing considers petitions submitted by RC students relating to requirements, deadlines, and academic circumstances. Appointments with academic advisors can be scheduled by calling the RC Academic Services Office at (734) 647-2745, or by stopping by the offices at 1813 East Quad.

Students wishing to pursue a major program in Arts and Ideas in the Humanities must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the program's designated advisor. Appointments may be scheduled at the RC Advising Office, 1813 East Quad, or by calling (734) 647-2745 or online at: https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/current-students/academic-services.html

Prerequisites

None.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 33

 I.     How to think in the Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

All majors are required to take 6 credits of How To Think courses, preferably in a balance of Arts and Humanities topics.

 RCHUMS 201: How to Think (Creative Arts)

 RCHUMS 202: How to Think (Humanities)

 

II.     How to Think ACROSS the Arts and Humanities. 12 credits

  Must be fulfilled only from the courses listed below. The courses fulfilling this requirement have been specifically designed to treat at least two art forms.

   Distribution: Of the 4 courses fulfilling this requirement,

at least one must have a significant focus on the world before 1900

and at least one must have a significant focus outside the English-Speaking or European worlds.

 

RCHUMS 290: The Experience of Arts and Ideas of the 20th Century

RCHUMS 291: The Experience of Arts and Ideas of the 19th Century

RCHUMS 304 Time, History, Arts, and Culture

RCHUMS 305: Cultural Confrontations in the Arts

RCHUMS 306 History of Writing

RCHUMS/ASIAN 308: Art and Culture: Arts and Ideas of Modern South and Southeast Asia

RCHUMS 318: Critical Approaches to Literature

RCHUMS/ENVIRON 337: Children Under Fire: Narratives of Sustainability

RCHUMS 338: Growing Up Near the Great Lakes: Reading and Writing Landscapes of Childhood

RCHUMS 342: Representing the Holocaust in Literature, Film and the Visual Arts

RCHUMS 344/HISTART 342: Reason and Passion in the 18th Century

RCHUMS 346/HISTART 352: Art and Philosophy in the Renaissance Tradition

RCHUMS /AAS/HONORS/WGS 354 (WOMENSTD 354): Race and Identity in Music

RCHUMS 371: Political Modernism: The Artist in the Nightmare of History: Picasso, Eliot, Orwell

RCHUMS 372: The Subject in the Aftermath of Revolution

RCHUMS/ASIAN 373: The Performing Arts in South and Southeast Asia

III.     Arts. 6 credits

Courses fulfilling this requirement may be chosen from offerings at the RC and across the University at the 200 level or above. Choose these courses in consultation with an advisor.

IV.     Concentration. 9 credits

Courses fulfilling this requirement may be chosen from RCARTS and RCHUMS courses and across the University at the 300 level or above. RC Language Readings courses may also be used in this area. The concentration coursework may focus on the study of a single art form in deep historical and theoretical context, or two art forms in relation to each other. These courses should be selected according to a clear rationale approved by your Arts & Ideas advisor. Choose these courses in consultation with an advisor.

 


 

Honors

To be eligible for an Honors subplan in Arts & Ideas, students should have a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.4, and a 3.5 grade point average in courses counting toward the major. Students who elect an Honors degree will write an Honors Thesis during the final year of their course work

Arts & Ideas in the Humanities (Major) (Winter 2018 - Summer 2020)

Effective Winter 2018

Advising

1813 East Quadrangle

(734) 647-2745

www.lsa.umich.edu/rc

The Residential College (RC) is a four-year undergraduate liberal arts program with about 900 students and 60 faculty, situated within LSA. All RC advisors are RC faculty members and are available to meet with students to discuss RC and LSA requirements, possible majors, graduation requirements, etc. The RC Board on Academic Standing considers petitions submitted by RC students relating to requirements, deadlines, and academic circumstances. Appointments with academic advisors can be scheduled by calling the RC Academic Services Office at (734) 647-2745 or by stopping by the offices at 1813 East Quadrangle.

Prerequisites

None.

Requirements

A minimum of five courses to be elected from (1) History and Theory and (2) Visual Studies, Performance and Studio Arts, completed by seven courses of Specialized Study. (Total: minimum of 12 courses)

        1. History and Theory: There are two areas: (A) Historical Perspectives and (B) Issues of Modernity. Students take two courses in one area and one in the remaining area:
          1. Historical Perspectives
            • RCHUMS 309: Classical Sources of Modern Culture
            • RCHUMS / ENVIRON 337: Children Under Fire: Narratives of Sustainability
            • RCHUMS 338: Growing Up Near the Great Lakes: Reading and Writing Landscapes of Childhood
            • RCHUMS 344 / HISTART 342: Reason and Passion in the 18th Century
            • RCHUMS 346 / HISTART 352: Art and Philosophy in the Renaissance Tradition
            • RCHUMS / AAS/ HONORS / WGS 354 (WOMENSTD 354): Race and Identity in Music
            • RCHUMS 371: Political Modernism: The Artist in the Nightmare of History: Picasso, Eliot, Orwell (only through SU18)
            • RCHUMS / ASIAN 373: The Performing Arts in South and Southeast Asia
          2. Issues of Modernity
            • RCHUMS 290: The Experience of Arts and Ideas of the 20th Century
            • RCHUMS 291: The Experience of Arts and Ideas of the 19th Century
            • RCHUMS 305: Cultural Confrontations in the Arts
            • RCHUMS / ASIAN 308: Art and Culture: Arts and Ideas of South and Southeast Asia
            • RCHUMS 318: Critical Approaches to Literature
            • RCHUMS 342: Representing the Holocaust in Literature, Film and the Visual Arts
            • RCHUMS 371: Political Modernism: The Artist in the Nightmare of History: Picasso, Eliot, Orwell (F18)
            • RCHUMS 372: The Subject in the Aftermath of Revolution
        2. Visual Studies, Performance, and Studio Arts: Two courses selected from one or more of the following areas.
          1. Film/Video
            • RCHUMS 217: Fathers and Sons
            • RCHUMS 218: The Hero as Outsider, Outcast or Outlaw
            • RCHUMS / FTVM 236: Art of the Film
            • RCHUMS / SLAVIC 312: Central European Cinema
            • RCHUMS / FTVM / SLAVIC 313: Russian and Ukrainian Cinema
          2. Dance
            • RCHUMS 235: Topics in World Dance
            • RCHUMS 260 / DANCE 241: The Art of Dance: An Introduction to American and European Dance History
            • RCHUMS 444: George Balanchine and the Transformation of American Dance
          3. Studio Arts
            • RCARTS 268: Introduction to Visual Thinking and Creativity
            • RCARTS 269: Elements of Design
            • RCARTS 285: Photography
            • RCARTS 286: Sculpture
            • RCARTS 287: Printmaking
            • RCARTS 288: Beginning Drawing
            • RCARTS 289: Ceramics
          4. Music
            • RCMUSIC 249 (RCHUMS 249): Foundations of Music
            • RCHUMS 251: Topics in Music
            • RCHUMS 253: Choral Ensemble
            • RCHUMS 256: Studying and Playing Southeast Asian Music
            • RCHUMS 259: Musical Improvisation
            • RCHUMS 301: Beginning Indonesian Orchestra
            • RCHUMS 302: Beginning Indonesian Orchestra
            • RCHUMS 303: Indonesian Orchestra
            • RCMUSIC 320 (RCHUMS 250): Chamber Music
            • RCMUSIC 334 (RCHUMS 252): Topics in Musical Expression
            • RCHUMS 350: Creative Musicianship
            • RCHUMS 351: Creative Musicianship: Theory Lab
            • RCHUMS 352: Found Instruments - Building, Design and Performance
            • RCHUMS 356: The Symphonic Century: Music and Revolution in the 19th Century
            • RCMUSIC 357 (RCHUMS 258): Afro-Cuban Drumming and Styles

        3. Specialized Study: Seven upper-level courses (300 and above) distributed among two areas of focus. Four courses must be selected from one area and three in the remaining area. These areas and the specific courses considered appropriate for inclusion are determined by the student in consultation with the Arts and Ideas designated advisor. Possible areas of specialization include, for example: drama and anthropology; photography and history of art; literature and history; creative writing and African-American studies. However, no more than one of the two specializations may be in the practice of an art form.

 

 

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement.

Honors

Qualified students may be admitted to a program of advanced study in the beginning or middle of the junior year. An Honors Thesis is required.

Arts and Ideas in the Humanities Major (Winter 2013 - Fall 2017)

Effective Winter 2013

May be elected as a departmental major 

Students wishing to pursue a major program in Arts and Ideas in the Humanities must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the program's designated advisor. Appointments may be scheduled at the RC Advising Office, 134 Tyler, East Quad, or by calling 734.763.0032.

The Arts and Ideas Major offers students the ability to construct an interdisciplinary major in the arts and humanities. Majors can combine either two humanities disciplines or a humanities discipline with an artistic practice. Many courses focus on a specific historical moment or context, encouraging students to examine a particular culture through a broad range of different media. In these courses, students are asked to develop interpretive and analytical skills appropriate to the arts. Courses in visual studies, performance, and studio art provide training in the comparative analysis or practice of different art forms. By combining practice with the academic study of art, the Arts and Ideas curriculum encourages students to reflect on the origins of art, and to engage in its contexts, whether productive or historical.

Advising

The Residential College (RC) is a four-year undergraduate liberal arts program with about 900 students and 60 faculty, situated within LSA. All RC advisors are RC faculty members and are available to meet with students to discuss RC and LSA requirements, possible majors, graduation requirements, etc. The RC Board on Academic Standing considers petitions submitted by RC students relating to requirements, deadlines, and academic circumstances. Appointments with academic advisors can be scheduled by calling the RC Academic Services Office at (734) 763-0032, or by stopping by the offices at 134 Tyler.

Prerequisites

None.

Requirements for the Major:

A minimum of five courses to be elected from (1) History and Theory and (2) Visual Studies, Performance and Studio Arts, completed by seven courses of Specialized Study. (Total: minimum of 12 courses)

  1. History and Theory: There are two areas: (A) Historical Perspectives and (B) Issues of Modernity. Students take two courses in one area and one in the remaining area:
    1. Historical Perspectives
      • RCHUMS 309  Classical Sources of Modern Culture
      • RCHUMS 310   Pagans, Christians, Barbarians in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
      • RCHUMS 314  The Figure of Rome in Shakespeare and 16th-Century Painting
      • RCHUMS 315  Representations of History in the Literature and Visual Arts of Rome
      • RCHUMS 344  Reason and Passion in the 18th Century
      • RCHUMS 354  Race and Identity in Music
      • RCHUMS 373  The Performing Arts in South and Southeast Asia
    2. Issues of Modernity
      • RCHUMS 290  Arts and Ideas of the 20th Century
      • RCHUMS 291  Arts and Ideas of the 19th Century
      • RCHUMS 305  Cultural Confrontations in the Arts
      • RCHUMS 308  Art and Culture: Arts and Ideas of South and Southeast Asia
      • RCHUMS 318  Critical Approaches to Literature
      • RCHUMS 342  Representing the Holocaust in Literature, Film and the Visual Arts
      • RCHUMS 356 The Symphonic Century; Music and Revolution in the 19thCentury
      • RCHUMS 372  The Subject in the Aftermath of Revolution
  2. Visual Studies, Performance, and Studio Arts: Two courses selected from one or more of the following areas.
    1. Film/Video
      • RCHUMS 236  Art of the Film
      • RCHUMS 312  Central European Cinema
      • RCHUMS 313   Russian and Ukrainian Cinema
    2. Dance
      • RCHUMS 235  Topics in World Dance
      • RCHUMS 260   The Art of Dance: An Introduction to American and European Dance History
      • RCHUMS 444  George Balanchine and the Transformation of American Dance
    3. Studio Arts
      • RCARTS 268  Introduction to Visual Thinking and Creativity
      • RCARTS 269  Elements of Design
      • RCARTS 285  Photography
      • RCARTS 286  Sculpture
      • RCARTS 287  Printmaking
      • RCARTS 288  Introduction to Drawing
      • RCARTS 289  Ceramics
    4.   Music
      • RCHUMS 249   Foundations of Music
      • RCHUMS 250   Chamber Music
      • RCHUMS 251   Topics in Music
      • RCHUMS 252   Topics in Musical Expression
      • RCHUMS 253   Choral Ensemble
      • RCHUMS 256   Studying and Playing Southeast Asian Music
      • RCHUMS 258   Afro Cuban Drumming and Styles
      • RCHUMS 259   Musical Improvisation
      • RCHUMS 350   Creative Musicianship
      • RCHUMS 351   Creative Musicianship: Theory Lab
      • RCHUMS 352   Found Instruments
  3. Specialized Study: Seven upper-level courses (300 and above) distributed among two areas of focus. Four courses must be selected from one area and three in the remaining area. These areas and the specific courses considered appropriate for inclusion are determined by the student in consultation with the Arts and Ideas designated advisor. Possible areas of specialization include, for example: drama and anthropology; photography and history of art; literature and history; creative writing and African-American studies. However, no more than one of the two specializations may be in the practice of an art form.

Honors Plan.

Qualified students may be admitted to a program of advanced study in the beginning or middle of the junior year. An Honors Thesis is required.

Arts and Ideas in the Humanities Major (Fall 2012)

May be elected as a departmental major 

Students wishing to pursue a major program in Arts and Ideas in the Humanities must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the program's designated advisor. Appointments may be scheduled at the RC Advising Office, 134 Tyler, East Quad, or by calling 734.763.0032.

The Arts and Ideas Major offers students the ability to construct an interdisciplinary major in the arts and humanities. Majors can combine either two humanities disciplines or a humanities discipline with an artistic practice. Many courses focus on a specific historical moment or context, encouraging students to examine a particular culture through a broad range of different media. In these courses, students are asked to develop interpretive and analytical skills appropriate to the arts. Courses in visual studies, performance, and studio art provide training in the comparative analysis or practice of different art forms. By combining practice with the academic study of art, the Arts and Ideas curriculum encourages students to reflect on the origins of art, and to engage in its contexts, whether productive or historical.

Requirements for the Major: a minimum of five courses to be elected from (1) History and Theory and (2) Visual Studies, Performance and Studio Arts, completed by seven courses of Specialized Study. (Total: minimum of 12 courses)

  1. History and Theory: There are two areas: (A) Historical Perspectives and (B) Issues of Modernity. Students take two courses in one area and one in the remaining area:
    1. Historical Perspectives
      • RCHUMS 309  Classical Sources of Modern Culture
      • RCHUMS 310   Pagans, Christians, Barbarians in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
      • RCHUMS 314  The Figure of Rome in Shakespeare and 16th-Century Painting
      • RCHUMS 315  Representations of History in the Literature and Visual Arts of Rome
      • RCHUMS 344  Reason and Passion in the 18th Century
      • RCHUMS 373  The Performing Arts in South and Southeast Asia
    2. Issues of Modernity
      • RCHUMS 290  Arts and Ideas of the 20th Century
      • RCHUMS 291  Arts and Ideas of the 19th Century
      • RCHUMS 305  Cultural Confrontations in the Arts
      • RCHUMS 308  Art and Culture: Arts and Ideas of South and Southeast Asia
      • RCHUMS 318  Critical Approaches to Literature
      • RCHUMS 342  Representing the Holocaust in Literature, Film and the Visual Arts
      • RCHUMS 356 The Symphonic Century; Music and Revolution in the 19thCentury
      • RCHUMS 372  The Subject in the Aftermath of Revolution
  2. Visual Studies, Performance, and Studio Arts: Two courses selected from one or more of the following areas.
    1. Film/Video
      • RCHUMS 236  Art of the Film
      • RCHUMS 255  Film Experience
      • RCHUMS 312  Central European Cinema
      • RCHUMS 313   Russian and Ukrainian Cinema
    2. Dance
      • RCHUMS 235  Topics in World Dance
      • RCHUMS 260   The Art of Dance: An Introduction to American and European Dance History
      • RCHUMS 444  George Balanchine and the Transformation of American Dance
    3. Studio Arts
      • RCARTS 268  Introduction to Visual Thinking and Creativity
      • RCARTS 269  Elements of Design
      • RCARTS 285  Photography
      • RCARTS 286  Sculpture
      • RCARTS 287  Printmaking
      • RCARTS 288  Introduction to Drawing
      • RCARTS 289  Ceramics
    4.   Music
      • RCHUMS 249   Foundations of Music
      • RCHUMS 250   Chamber Music
      • RCHUMS 251   Topics in Music
      • RCHUMS 252   Topics in Musical Expression
      • RCHUMS 253   Choral Ensemble
      • RCHUMS 256   Studying and Playing Southeast Asian Music
      • RCHUMS 258   Afro Cuban Drumming and Styles
      • RCHUMS 259   Musical Improvisation
      • RCHUMS 350   Creative Musicianship
      • RCHUMS 351   Creative Musicianship: Theory Lab
      • RCHUMS 352   Found Instruments
  3. Specialized Study: Seven upper-level courses (300 and above) distributed among two areas of focus. Four courses must be selected from one area and three in the remaining area. These areas and the specific courses considered appropriate for inclusion are determined by the student in consultation with the Arts and Ideas designated advisor. Possible areas of specialization include, for example: drama and anthropology; photography and history of art; literature and history; creative writing and African-American studies. However, no more than one of the two specializations may be in the practice of an art form.

Honors Plan. Qualified students may be admitted to a program of advanced study in the beginning or middle of the junior year. An Honors Thesis is required.