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Highlighted Courses

Whether you are curious about studying the arts, need to fulfill Areas of Knowledge General Education requirements, or looking to further your education, these carefully selected courses are sure to transform and inspire you. Most of the courses listed below are open to all students and do not require prerequisites or previous experience.

Winter Courses

Michelangelo's Creation of Adam

ART H 204: Michelangelo + Caravaggio (Art History and Visual Culture)

Learn about two of the most famous Italian artists from the early modern period. Born nearly 100 years apart, both are still recognized masters today.

Meets I&S, VLPA Requirements
Credits: 5

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Parthenon made out of books by Marta Minujin

ART H 209: Art Now (Themes and Topics in Art History)

Explore how contemporary art creatively engages artists and viewers in critical social and political issues, as well as how it speaks to individual and creative life.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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Painting by Nainsukh

ART H 214: Art of India: Mohenjo-Daro to the Mughals

Explore the material culture and artistic production of South Asia — present day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka — from antiquity until the early modern period.

Meets I&S, VLPA Requirements
Credits: 5

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Sculpture of Chinese Han Chimera

ART H 310: Chinese Art and Archaeology Neolithic to Han Dynasty

Delve into the history of developing technology and the archaeological basis of art and visual culture in early China.

Meets I&S, VLPA Requirements
Credits: 5

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Group of students dancing

Dance 238: Swing

Swing dance your way through the quarter in this class that provides instruction in and explores the rich history of East Coast Swing, Charleston, Lindy Hop, Balboa, and West Coast Swing.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 3

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Illustation of human head/shoulders made up of various abstract shapes

Dance 490: Dancing Voice

Explore the unique world of Dancing Voice where students construct, uncover, and cultivate their artistic and literal voice through the lens of physicality.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 2

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Twp people acting in front of a small crowd indoors

DRAMA 251: Acting

Find yourself on the stage with this introduction to the fundamentals of the craft of acting. Through monologue and scene work, you’ll gain confidence, skill, and presence.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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Drama 367

DRAMA 367: African Theatre & Performance

Explore the theatre, dance, and performance works of South African and West African writers and choreographers and discuss how slavery, colonialism, and apartheid have profoundly impacted African…

Meets DIV, VLPA Requirements
Credits: 5

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Behind the scenes on a film set

DRAMA 406: Digital Cinema Production

In this hands-on course, you’ll work as assistant director, director of photography, camera operator, sound operator, lighting and grip technician, and script supervisor.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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Photograph of Woody Guthrie playing a guitar with a sign that says "This machine kills fascists"

MUSIC 160: American Folk Music

"This machine kills fascists," refers to a guitar, not a machine gun. This course examines a uniquely American musical genre via socio-historical, political, and cultural contexts.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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Photo of a woman in a black dress holding a vinyl record up to her head, covering her face.

MUSIC 366 : Survey of Recorded Music

This course travels from cylinders to platters in exploring the impacts of a century of recorded music (1880-1980) on American and European musical cultures.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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Autumn Courses

Statue of Athena

ART H 200: Art in the Modern Imagination: Athena to Lady Gaga

See art as a tool to examine history, ideology, beauty, and ultimately the image-saturated present.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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Native American sclupture

ART H 233 (CLOSED): Survey of Native Art of the Pacific Northwest Coast

This course traces art of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from the Columbia River in the south to Southeast Alaska in the north and across ancient and contemporary times.

Meets I&S, VLPA Requirements
Credits: 5

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People walking down a long hall with large letters covering the walls and ceiling.

ART H 270 (CLOSED): Art/Identity Politics: Issues of Representations in Contemporary Art (online)

An introduction to the ways artists and art movements have explored the intersection of visual representation, identity, and politics– one of the most persistent themes in art since the 1960s.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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Students standing in studio space practicing dance with instructor

Dance 110 (CLOSED): Jazz Level 1

This course will introduce you to Jazz technique.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 2

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Tap dance class practicing

Dance 125: Tap Level 1

Course on tap technique taught by renown tap dancer and jazz musician, Alex Dugdale.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 3

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Group of people salsa dancing in a club

Dance 236 (CLOSED): Salsa

Learn salsa, meringue, bachata, and cha cha cha. Students learn both solo steps and partnered turns. Course includes reading and writing assignments and an outing to a salsa club.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 3

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Professor standing in classroom with students in desks around them

DRAMA 202: Creative Leadership: A Course in Courage

Courage is the ability to move through fear rather than becoming paralyzed by it. Examine sources of fear and obstacles that keep us from becoming our fullest, most human, most successful selves.

Credits: 5

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Photo of an documentary-style interview being filmed

DRAMA 407: Documentary in Performance

Learn a range of conceptual and technical skills, including: pre-visualizing and planning; use of cameras, sound recording equipment and lights; and editing.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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Actors looking offstage with binoculars

DRAMA 456: Theatre for Youth

Learn the basic principles and techniques for using drama in the classroom and creating original work for young audiences.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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Black wall/screen covered in wavy pattern of blue lights

DXARTS 200 (CLOSED): Digital Art and New Media: History, Theory, and Practice

This course investigates digital art and new media from a creative, theoretical, and historical perspective.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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People playing instruments in concert

MUSIC 185 (CLOSED): The Concert Season

Learn the historical and cultural contexts of classic concert repertoire through School of Music concerts and lectures.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 2

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Image of a mallet resting on a xylophone-style instrument

MUSIC 252 (CLOSED): Music Cultures of the World

Take a sonic journey of the world’s musical cultures in this course, exploring music from the Near East, Central Asia, Far East, South and Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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People playing steel drums

MUSICEN 110 (CLOSED): Beginning Steelband

Introduction to basic playing techniques for the steel pan and a variety of Caribbean music styles with emphasis on rhythmic ensemble.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 1

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