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Arts and Ideas in the Humanities (Major)


The Arts and Ideas in the Humanities Major is open to ALL LSA Students.

The Arts and Ideas in the Humanities Program offers a broad array of interdisciplinary courses in literature, the visual arts and music. Many courses focus on specific historical moments or contexts ranging from ancient times to the 21st century understood in global terms. Students are encouraged to encounter different cultures through their distinctive artistic production, and to develop the interpretive and analytical skills appropriate to an understanding of these works. Courses in visual studies, dance, studio art and music provide training in comparative analysis as well as in the actual practice of these art forms. By combining studio practice with the academic study of art, the Arts and Ideas curriculum enables students to understand global art production from three important perspectives:  thoughtful analytic engagement; historical depth; and in the active space of studio discovery.

Arts and Ideas in the Humanities courses stress interdisciplinary and comparative methodologies. Students investigate how different forms of art speak to one another: how they argue or agree, how they overlap or diverge in form and content. In addition, by combining theory with practice, many Arts and Ideas courses encourage students to reflect on the material origins of art.  To understand art at its deepest level, one must have some experience in its production. Through intensive discussion, writing, and studio practice, students become more sophisticated analysts, critical historians, and well-informed producers of culture.

 

Effective Fall 2020:

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 Practice: 6 Credits

Courses fulfilling this requirement may be chosen from offerings at the RC and across the University at the 200 level or above, including those from the RC Visual Arts, Music, and Drama programs . 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.

Effective Winter 2018 - Summer 2020: Arts and Ideas Major requirements

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.  
    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.


Faculty members who teach courses that students can integrate into an Arts and Ideas plan of study include:

Naomi André (classical music and opera, and issues surrounding gender, voice, and race)

Catherine Brown (medieval European literature & philosophy, media studies, Spanish language and literatures, mindfulness)

Mark Burde (medieval literature and culture, with a focus on parody and satire)

Hubert Cohen (film, biography)

Sascha Crasnow (arts and visual culture from the Islamic world)

Herbert Eagle (Russian and East European cinema, film theory, poetry, and controversial prose written under communism)

Beth Genné (historian of dance and art, and how dance reflects and interacts with its historical and cultural context)

Karein Goertz (Holocaust Literature, Cities and Modernism, Representations of Berlin, Literature of Walking, Literary Translation)

Elizabeth Goodenough (Children's literature and visual culture)

Jon Wells (slavery and antebellum American history)

Thomas Willette (Italian Renaissance and Baroque painting and early modern art-historiography)

Susan Crowell (Ceramics)

Katri Ervamaa (Foundations of music, chamber music, cello)

Michael Gould (drumset, contemporary percussion performance and pedagogy)

Xiaodong Hottmann-Wei (Chinese musical instruments)

Mark Kirschenmann (musical composition and improvisation, trumpet)

Ashley Lucas (theatre for social change and Prison Creative Arts Project)

Kate Mendeloff (drama, directing, theatre text-to-performance, Shakespeare in the Arb)

Toby Millman (Drawing and Printmaking)

Martin Walsh (drama, theatre text-to-performance, dramaturgy)

Raymond Wetzel (Furniture and sculpture)

Isaac Wingfield (Photography)

Guest faculty join the RC faculty from time to time also, bringing their unique expertise to enrich our students.