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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.

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.

Black and White Photography (SAR 135)

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

3 Credits.

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. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester; fall, spring, and summer ADP sessions. 3-4 credits. Fee.

Renaissance Art (SAR 200)

History of the Italian Renaissance Art from the 13th century to the 16th century. Prerequisite: SAR105. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

Sophomore Review (SAR 202)

Students complete and present a portfolio of work to be reviewed during the spring semester of the sophomore year by the art faculty. Transfer students complete this review after attending for one semester in the spring of their first full year, unless they are part of a 2 + 2 articulation agreement from their Associate’s Degree Institution. Spring semester. 0 credits. Pass/fail.

Twentieth Century Art I (SAR 205)

Art movements in the Western world from the mid-19th century to the outbreak of World War II. Prerequisite: SAR110. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Twentieth Century Art II (SAR 210)

Art since 1945; art movements from Abstract Expressionism to the present. Writing Intensive course. Spring semester. Prerequisites: SAR105 and SAR110. 3 credits.

American Art (SAR 370)

A study of American art from Puritan beginnings to the present, focusing on painting and sculpture. Prerequisite: SAR110 or permission of instructor. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits.

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; SAR205 strongly recommended as a prerequisite. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Women in Art (SAR 376)

Women artists and women as patrons, promoters, and critics of art are the focus of this course. By analyzing art practice, art theory, and criticism, students understand and integrate the role and contributions of women into the ongoing history of art. Students participate in all aspects of the regional exhibition Women in Art in Harlan Gallery. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

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.

3 Credits.

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.

Independent Study or Research (SAR 411)

Open only to advanced students who qualify. Permission from the instructor and approval of the division chair are required. Repeatable for credit. Variable credit.

Apprenticeship (SAR 440)

Practical experiences in learning specific skills related to the major area of study under the direction of qualified personnel and with approval of the dean. Assignments arranged and approved by the supervising faculty member. Permission required. Variable credit. Repeatable for credit (maximum 12). Fall, spring, and summer.

Dance History I (SDA 205)

This course is an in-depth exploration of dance beginning at the dawn of time up to classical ballet of the 19th century through historical, cultural, political, and economic events. Topics also include significant works and contributions to the development of the field of dance. Prerequisite: SDA139. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

Dance History II (SDA 305)

This course is an in-depth exploration of dance beginning in 19th century dance of the United States up to present day through historical, cultural, political, and economic events. Topics include significant works and contributions to the development of the field of dance. Prerequisite: SDA205. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Music from 1750 to Present (SMU 270)

Surveys pre-classical, classical, romantic, and 20th century styles in Western music with an emphasis on listening and music research. Writing Intensive course. Spring semester. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in SMU271. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Survey of Music Literature (SMU 271)

An introduction to the history of Western music. Emphasis on music of the high baroque and modern eras as well as listening. Serves as prerequisite to SMU272 for music majors. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Music from Antiquity to 1750 (SMU 272)

Surveys musical styles of the ancient world, chant, early polyphony, the Renaissance, and the Baroque with an emphasis on listening and music research. Fall semester. Prerequisite: C or better in SMU271. Counts toward the Western Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

History of Jazz (SMU 273)

A survey of the development of jazz from its roots through the contemporary period. Emphasis on stylistic changes of the music and its impact on American society. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

World Music (SMU 274)

This course provides an overview of traditions and transformations of music in global perspective, exploring music as a phenomenon of sound and culture. The course explores exemplary non-Western genres from a range of cultural and geographic areas and the complex combinations of social, historical, political, economic, and artistic factors that shaped different musics in various contest. As a result, this course is useful for students both inside and outside the formal discipline of music. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

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.

Asian Theatre and Drama (STR 212)

Performance forms, both traditional and contemporary, that have grown out of the cultures of India, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Students gain an understanding of the characteristic features of selected performance forms from each of these cultures while learning to appreciate how these forms have assimilated, and have been assimilated into, a wide range of cultural, religious, and aesthetic influences. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Offered as needed. 3 credits. Fee.

American Musical Theatre (STR 214)

Exploration into the development of a uniquely American form of performance, the musical, from its origins to the present day. Looking to exemplary musicals as case studies, students read cultural and social history, musical theatre history, and criticism. The course examines musicals as a unique cultural form, particularly focusing on the musicals’ constituent elements and the relationship of musicals to democratic U.S. culture(s). Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Theatre History-Ancients to Renaiss (STR 305)

Survey of the major theatrical and dramatic conventions, practices, theories, and traditions from ancient civilizations through the sixteenth century. Assignments and assessment measures are based on students’ progression of study in theatre history and the major. Prerequisite: STR110. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Theatre History-Renaissance to Mod (STR 306)

Survey of the major theatrical and dramatic conventions, practices, theories, and traditions from the sixteenth through the late nineteenth centuries. Assignments and assessment measures are based on students’ progression of study in theatre history and the major. Prerequisite: STR110. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Theatre History-Modern to Contemp (STR 307)

Survey of the major theatrical and dramatic conventions, practices, theories, and traditions from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Assignments and assessment measures are based on students’ progression of study in theatre history and the major. Prerequisite: STR110. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

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