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Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.


History of Western Art I (SAR 105)

The history of art in Western culture: Prehistoric to Renaissance. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

History of Western Art II (SAR 110)

Baroque to the present. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Drawing (SAR 115)

Concepts of seeing as it relates to drawing; introduction to various drawing media. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Figure Drawing (SAR 116)

Life studies; the human form and its exploration. Prerequisite: SAR115. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

2-D Design (SAR 120)

Introduction to the tools, materials, and concepts of two-dimensional image-making; the elements and principles of visual organization with contextual associations; drawing, painting, introductory printmaking, and mixed media. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring and fall semesters. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

3-D Design (SAR 121)

Elements of three-dimensional design; forming, fabrication, and joining of various materials: use of hand and power tools. Prerequisite: SAR120. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Black and White Photography (SAR 135)

Introduction to the camera, film developing, enlargement, and printing; emphasis on developing skills to produce the “classic "print. Satisifies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits. Fee.

Digital Imaging I (SAR 180)

Study of theory and hands-on application of digital image creation and manipulation. Emphasis on the study of Adobe Photoshop software. Satisifies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester; fall, spring, and summer ADP sessions. 3-4 credits. Fee.

Graphic Design I (SAR 190)

Overview of the profession of graphic design. Study of Adobe Illustrator and InDesign software, printing, and history. Students apply graphic design theory and principles through the creation of practical projects. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

Twentieth Century Art I (SAR 205)

Art movements in the Western world from the mid-19th century to the outbreak of World War II. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Clay (SAR 225)

Hand-building and wheel forming methods; clay body and glaze formulation; glaze application; firing procedures; kiln design. Satisifies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Typography I (SAR 230)

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of typography as a critical skill for design practice. Topics include the history of typography, the impact of technology on letterforms, and the anatomy of type. Skill development in type arrangement, typography for optimal readability, and expressive typography are addressed. Fall semester. 3-4 credits. Fee.

Metalsmithing (SAR 245)

Fabricated, formed, and cast metals; jewelry and handwrought holloware. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

Painting (SAR 255)

Basic painting techniques; color theory; visual, conceptual, and contextual skills emphasized. Prerequisite: SAR120. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Sculpture (SAR 260)

Addition methods using clay, wood, plaster, metals; direct building of form and armature construction; welding, casting, or carving wood or stone. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Printmaking (SAR 265)

Introduction to basic intaglio and relief printing processes, as well as multi-colored processes in screen printing using nontoxic techniques. Prerequisites: SAR115 and SAR120. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Digital Imaging II (SAR 281)

This advanced course provides digital image-making concepts and techniques and in-depth exploration of computer-based photo projects. Prerequisite: SAR180. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

Special Topics in Studio (SAR 285)

Special topics in varying studio media. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Repeatable for credit. Fee.

Typography II (SAR 290)

Analysis and creative use of typography through assigned projects. Instruction and practical experience using computer software. Prerequisites: SAR180 and SAR190. Spring semester. 3-4 credits. Fee.

Arts in the Classroom (SAR 306)

This course is available to all majors. The purpose of the class is to address a wide variety of practical information for all classroom teachers. Use of art materials, purchasing, storage, safety, display, collaborations, and planning are covered. Students gain insight into how art can positively impact the learning experience in general. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Art Methods K-12 (SAR 307)

In this capstone course, students become familiar with art education in grades K through 12. Arts advocacy, classroom management, multi-disciplinary collaboration, special needs students, purchasing materials, sourcing materials, technology, curriculum design, and developmental lesson planning are explored and discussed. Prerequisite: SAR306. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Art Ed K-12 Observation & Practicum (SAR 308)

This capstone course requires students to observe and experience practical situations in arts education at the K-12 grade level. Participants observe and interact with students in a variety of levels and situations. The class includes fifteen hours of classroom observation and written reports. The practicum experience requires fifteen hours of interaction with teachers and students in the classroom. This experience does not require teaching but does emphasize close interaction with teachers and students alike. The weekly lecture covers experiences and information to be shared. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SAR306. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Intermediate Clay (SAR 325)

This course is a continuation of the work begun in SAR225 and consists of advanced wheel throwing techniques and the introduction of slip casting methods with emphasis on finishing and firing techniques. Students create a cohesive body of work which leads to a conceptually unified portfolio. Prerequisite: SAR225. Fall semester. 4 credits. Fee.

Intermediate Metalsmithing (SAR 345)

This course is a continuation of the work begun in SAR245 and covers lost wax-casting methods, hollow forming, tool making, and advanced jewelry techniques. Students begin constructing a concept-driven cohesive body of work. Prerequisite: SAR245. Fall semester. 4 credits. Fee.

Intermediate Painting (SAR 355)

Intermediate painting builds upon foundational painting and drawing experiences to further develop and strengthen students' conceptual, analytical, and technical painting skills. Emphasis is placed on developing an increasingly personal artistic language and vision that is rooted in research and preparatory studies. Painting practice is augmented with readings, museum visits, group critiques, and slide discussions on contemporary painting. Fall semester. Prerequisite: SAR255. 4 credits. Fee.

Intermediate Sculpture (SAR 360)

This course is an intermediate level three-dimensional experience focusing on broadening a student's knowledge of sculptural techniques and processes. Through experimentation, students develop their own personal subject matter as they progress through the course, evolving into a body of work. Through peer critiques and studio visits, students contribute to the atmosphere where peer contemporaries are pursuing like intellectual investigations, in a range of media and format. Spring semester. Prerequisite: SAR260. 4 credits. Fee.

Contemporary Art and Criticism (SAR 371)

This course evaluates contemporary works of art and artists. Students travel to Pittsburgh and New York City to study contemporary art. Writing Intensive course. Prerequisites: SAR105 and SAR110. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Interaction Design (SAR 382)

Study of designing interactive experiences from conception to implementation. Introduces students to issues such as interface design, usability, and design methods within the interaction design process. Prerequisites: SAR180 or SAR281, and SAR390. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

Non-Western Art:Special Topics (SAR 385)

Comprehensive survey of the artistic and cultural traditions of widely divergent societies; a comparative and thematic approach to the cultural productions of non-Western cultures. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

Graphic Design II (SAR 390)

Study of HTML, Web design,Web editor,Web animation, digital image editing for the Web. Prerequisite: SAR180. Fall semester. 3-4 credits. Fee.

Independent Study or Research (SAR 410)

Open only to advanced students who qualify and have permission from the instructor and approval of the division chair. Prerequisites: one or two courses in the selected studio art or history area. Repeatable for credit. Permission required. Variable credit. Fee.

Advanced Clay (SAR 425)

Advanced clay further refines the compositional skills of the student with the inclusion of new conceptual ideas, technical challenges, and research. Through expanded competency in: clay construction methods, surface treatments, glazing techniques, and firing methods, the students focus on originality and personal creative expression in clay. Chemistry in clay bodies and glazing, as well as, kiln loading, firing, structure, maintenance, are addressed. Prerequisite: SAR325. Fall semester. 4 credits. Repeatable for credit. Fee.

Advanced Metalsmithing (SAR 445)

This course is an ongoing exploration if the work in SAR345, and allows the students to refine and explore their personal and conceptual interest in the metals/jewelry field. Students develop a conceptual series of work with an entrepreneurial goal of obtaining sales and exhibitions. Prerequisite: SAR345. Fall semester. 4 credits. Repeatable for credit. Fee.

Advanced Painting (SAR 455)

Advanced painting students are expected to work towards a consistent and conceptually sound body of work in their chosen medium(s). Because the techniques, methods, and concerns of individual students vary, methods of production may incorporate a multitude of working methodologies. Experimentation with relevant mediums and hybrids are welcome. Fall and spring semesters. Prerequisie: SAR355. 4 credits. Repeatable for credit. Fee.

Advanced Sculpture (SAR 460)

Students in advanced sculpture are expected to develop both conceptual depth and technical sophistication in their creative efforts. This course is an opportunity for the student to go beyond fabrication for its own sake to a determined intellectual development of artistic purpose and statement. Through critical discussion, the student experience a rich milieu of idea generation and development, in turn impacting their own development. Spring semester. Prerequisite: SAR360. 4 credits. Repeatable for credit. Fee.

Graphic Design III (SAR 490)

Advanced topics in graphic design. Emphasis on branding. Students participate in a service learning project in graphic design. Prerequisite: SAR390. Spring semester. 3-4 credits. Fee.

Arts for Community Change (SAT 210)

This course involves exploration of using the arts and art-making experiences in community-based settings. Focus is on exploring how the arts engage people in meaningful experiences that link personal change and self-expression with the advancement of community and social change. The course includes discussion of different forms of community work including efforts to make art experiences accessible for diverse populations or cultural communities. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

Found'ns of Education & School Law (SED 110)

This is an introductory course stressing the Pennsylvania Core Standards, philosophy, history, psychology, law, and sociology of education. Certification, school law, foundations, current issues, trends in special education and vocational technical education, and other topics related to the teaching profession are introduced. Student experiences culminate in the development of a personal philosophy of education and observations in an area school to provide an opportunity for a special investigation of the profession. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Prin. of Instructional Technologies (SED 118)

General information for teachers on integrating modern technology in PreK-12 classrooms. The use of current equipment, assistive technology, computer programs, Web 2.0 applications, and mobile technology to enhance teaching and learning in both traditional and online classes are explored and evaluated. Fall and spring semesters, online in J-term. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Instr'l Strat for Inclusive Ed (SED 201)

Current teaching techniques across the curriculum are stressed in this class. Topics covered include Bloom’s Taxonomy, instructional objectives, motivation and retention theories, cooperative learning, inclusive practices, classroom management, assessment, and the use of Pennsylvania Core Standards in lesson and unit planning. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Intro to Exceptional Children (SED 205)

Educational philosophies and instructional strategies for children with special needs. Topics focus on specific characteristics of various disabilities, cultural and language barriers, gifted and talented, current legislation, inclusion strategies, and current issues in the field. Field experience is a required component of this course. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Characteristics and Strategies I (SED 208)

Examines the characteristics and causes of high incidence disabilities. Emphasis is placed on identification, learning needs, instructional strategies, programming, assessment practices, transition, research, and current practices. Field experience is a required component of this course. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SED205. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Characteristics and Strategies II (SED 209)

Examines the causes and characteristics of individuals with severe and profound disabilities. Emphasis is placed on identification, legal issues, programming, assessment, instructional models, transition, research, and promising practices. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SED205. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Teaching English Language Learners (SED 227)

Prepares instructors for teaching students who speak English as a second language. Research theories and practical applications are presented in preparing Pre-K to 12 instructors including: a survey of research in the linguistic, psychologial, and sociolinguistic aspects of second language acquisition, instructional strategies, and appropriate assessments. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SED110 or SMU102. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Practicum:Multiculturalism (SED 305)

A pre-service 15 hour practicum experience for students in districts that have a diverse (ethnically, racially, and economically) student body. Students observe, tutor, and co-teach in a diverse environment. This course is required for candidates in all certification areas. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SED201 or SED202. Pass/Fail only. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters, and J-term. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Reading in Secondary Content Area (SED 327)

This course prepares students to adapt secondary content area reading course materials to accommodate students with diverse disabilities and learning difficulties in order to facilitate their learning of the content area curriculum based on Pennsylvania Core Standards. Application of current methods and materials for assisting these students as they read, study, and learn in the secondary school content area are presented. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Evidence of passing scores for the Basic Skills Assessment required. Prerequisite: SED201. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Assessment (SED 335)

Designed to prepare prospective teachers to actively participate in the assessment process. All methods of assessment are examined. Students are given instruction in the effective construction and proper use of tests and the legal issues surrounding assessment. Prerequisite: SED205. Corequisite: SED432 or permission of instructor. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Classroom Management (SED 340)

Techniques and strategies for managing student behavior in the classroom. Special emphasis on the techniques and strategies most effective with students who are behaviorally disordered. Effective parent conferencing techniques are emphasized. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Evidence of passing scores for the Basic Skills Assessment required. Prerequisite: SED205. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Pre Student Teaching Clinical Lab (SED 432)

Lesson planning and execution, based on Pennsylvania Core Standards, are stressed in this class. Participants utilize a diverse array of pedagogy for diverse audiences in their micro-teaching. They engage in critical assessment of teaching performances. Exposure to professionals and professional organizations, the use of curricular materials and technology, and discussion of ethical behavior and classroom management complete the course. Prerequisite: Admission into the Education Program with evidence of passing scores for the Basic Skills Assessment. Corequisite SED335. Permission required. Fall and spring semesters, J-term. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Student Teaching (SED 434)

This is a 14-week student teaching experience for students who are earning a single area of certification. Students are expected to plan and employ lesson designs based on Pennsylvania Core Standards under the guidance of a cooperating teacher in an area school. Transportation is the student’s responsibility. Students are assigned to schools within a 20-mile radius of the University. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisites: Completion of all courses required for certification; “B-” or better in SED201 or SED202, and SED432; cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better; passing scores on Basic Skills Assessment; and approval of Education faculty. Corequisite: SED435 for all; SED436 is also a corequisite for PreK-4 majors. Permission required. Fall and spring semesters. 12 credits. Fee.

12 Credits.

Student Teaching Seminar (SED 435)

This is a seminar that emphasizes the professional responsibilities found in the companion course, the student teaching experience SED433 or SED434. The Pennsylvania Code of Ethical Behavior is examined in depth. Additionally, issues such as mandated reporting for child abuse, first aid issues and other classroom health care concerns, job search strategies, professional portfolio development, and classroom management comprise the topics for discussion in this course. Prerequisites: Completion of all courses required for certification; “B-” or better in SED201 or SED202, and SED432; cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better; and approval of Education faculty. Corequisite: SED433 or SED434. Permission required. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

American Literature 1800-1915 (SEL 266)

Explores a diverse body of nineteenth-century literature, including fiction, poetry, narrative, and essays, written in different regions of the United States by men and women of various cultural groups. Works of the American literary renaissance are studied alongside writing from other traditions, such as Native American autobiography, African American narrative, and women’s fiction. Prerequisite: SEL106 or SEL107. Fall semester. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

American Literature 1915 to Present (SEL 267)

Traces the emergence of multiple perspectives in twentieth century U.S. literature. Examines the ways fiction, poetry, and drama represent an increasing diversity of voices, with an emphasis on contemporary novels by writers from various cultural groups. Prerequisite: SEL106 or SEL107. Spring semester. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

Cont American Lit for Children (SEL 269)

Introduction to novels and picture books for elementary school-aged children, with emphasis on presenting such books in the classroom, encouraging a love of reading, and addressing geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic differences through books. Fulfills literature requirement for teaching certification candidates. Fall semester. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

Structure of the Number System 1 (SMA 100)

Topics include problem-solving, set theory, number theory, numeration systems, and algebra review. Particular emphasis is placed on the successive development of real numbers and the employment of electronic resources. The first course in a sequence of two mathematics courses designed for students who are pursuing teacher certification in areas other than secondary mathematics. Prerequisite knowledge: This course requires a working knowledge of elementary algebra. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

Structure of the Number System 2 (SMA 102)

Topics include geometry, counting methods, probability, statistics, logic, and consumer mathematics. Particular emphasis is placed on problem-solving strategies and the employment of electronic resources. The second course in a sequence of two mathematics courses designed for students who are pursuing teacher certification in areas other than secondary mathematics. Prerequisite: SMA100. Satisfies the Mathematics requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

Philosophy of Art (SPL 320)

Studies the meaning and nature of art through major texts. Explores the relation between philosophy, the artist, and the social environment. Satisfies the Philosophy requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Infancy,Childhood,Adolescence & Lab (SPY 225)

The study of human physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development from conception through adolescence. Includes observation and analysis of children’s behavior at the campus Child Development Center. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall and spring semesters, and ADP session 4 in even-numbered years. 3 credits.

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