Consistent with its liberal arts mission, the Dance Program offers a rich set of eight foundational courses required of all Dance majors. Beyond these shared foundational courses, students take additional courses specific to one of three tracks: Choreography and Performance, Production and Technology, and Theory and Aesthetics. Our majors are expected to have a scholarly and embodied perspective of their studies regardless of track. In addition, all of our graduating students are expected to:
Learning Goals in History of Art
Through courses across a wide continuum of times and cultures, students of art history not only learn to articulate histories of visual production, but also to think critically about the stakes of artistic creation and objects of culture more generally.
Students in the major will, by inquiring into the modes and meanings of visual arts and culture:
We want our students to possess a high degree of visual literacy and intellectual curiosity about art and culture.
Our teaching practice gives students the tools to understand art from the experience of making it. These tools are informed from the study of art history and contemporary practice.
Studio students are required to relate their knowledge of art to larger intellectual and cultural discourse within the liberal arts. Our teaching nourishes ideational cross-pollination between Studio Art and other departments.
The following are goals that, by consensus of the Faculty, all First Year Seminars should provide students with the opportunity to achieve:
1. to learn what is expected intellectually and ethically for college-level work in the Liberal Arts;
2. to engage seriously with the topic to which one’s seminar is devoted;
3. to develop skills in widely accessible yet scholarly presentation (written and oral), involving observation, analysis, argumentation, research, and the use of sources;