Summer semester begins on May 22nd. Register today.

Liberal Arts courses are designed to provide context, insight, and fresh perspectives for students pursuing the arts. Topics include writing, literature and film criticism, study of social sciences, natural science and mathematics.

This course is a hands-on, novel exploration of the integration of science, nature, and art. Through scientific methodology and art-making in the field, we will conduct research on ecological, behavioral, and morphological aspects of flora and fauna in their natural habitats. We will take an unconventional approach by creatively combining … Read more

Start Date

05/28

Meeting Day

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

End Date

06/07

Faculty

Saúl Nava

Time

9:45am–2pm

Credits

3

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This writing course is designed to strengthen the vital connections that link thinking and making to writing as an artist. The goal is to learn to sustain a reflective and informed conversation with one’s work. The course builds bridges of intellectual support across disciplines by sharing one common paper in all … Read more

Start Date

06/03

Meeting Day

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

End Date

06/21

Faculty

Jeanette Eberhardy

Time

9am–12pm

Credits

3

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  Through the study of some of the representative works from World Literature we will take a panoramic look at the development of Civilization from its earliest beginnings. Through creation myths, stories of epic battles, and stories of love, we will learn more about who we are as part of … Read more

Start Date

06/03

Meeting Day

Monday and Wednesday

End Date

07/22

Faculty

Michael Hamburger

Time

9:30am–12:30pm

Credits

3

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The course explores the art and composition of the graphic novel and examines its many sub-genres, from superhero tales to memoirs to manga. The textbook is Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics. Other texts include Watchmen, Contract With God, Sandman, Maus, and Persepolis. For the final project, students create and make preliminary sketches for an original graphic novel.

Start Date

06/03

Meeting Day

Monday and Wednesday

End Date

07/24

Faculty

Josh Cohen

Time

2–5pm

Credits

3

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This course is a geologic and environmental treatment of the materials artists use. Students will investigate how materials are obtained from Earth, how they are mined and processed, what the sustainability impacts are, how much energy is involved, what human health and environmental impacts occur from using these materials, and … Read more

Start Date

06/03

Meeting Day

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

End Date

06/14

Faculty

Jennifer Cole

Time

10am–2:30pm

Credits

3

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What makes a children’s book a classic? We’ll find out as we read, analyze, and enjoy the best of the field–fantasies from Peter Pan to Harry Potter, realistic novels from Anne of Green Gables to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, and stories falling somewhere in between, like The Secret Garden. Though our emphasis will be on … Read more

Start Date

06/04

Meeting Day

Tuesdays and Thursdays

End Date

07/23

Faculty

Lin Haire-Sargeant

Time

1–4pm

Credits

3

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Using words and images, modern advertisements have provided our world with a new “grand narrative,” replacing religion and fine art as the “glue” that holds our culture together. In this seminar course, students use critical thinking strategies to study advertising and public relations as organizers and drivers of our culture, … Read more

Start Date

06/04

Meeting Day

Tuesday and Thursday

End Date

07/23

Faculty

Richard Murphy

Time

1pm–4pm

Credits

3

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Specifically engaging works about America by Americans, this course emphasizes the sociocultural work of the musical as conveyed through its elements of music and dance. With scripts and soundtracks as the primary texts, students will experience and analyze a selection of works, critically engaging issues such as adaptation, musical genre, … Read more

Start Date

06/04

Meeting Day

Tuesday and Thursday

End Date

07/23

Faculty

Jennie-Rebecca Falcetta

Time

9:30am–12:30pm

Credits

3

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This course focuses on the study of the stories a society cannot forget. These timeless stories have endured throughout the ages because of something within that is changeless and part of the human condition. From ancient texts to contemporary literary works, this course explores some of these major mythological themes … Read more

Start Date

06/10

Meeting Day

Online

End Date

07/26

Faculty

Elaine Mawhinney

Time

-–Online

Credits

3

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An introduction to various genres of folklore and the methods of studying them. Students learn about how folklore exists or existed as a dynamic part of everyday life -aesthetically, behaviorally, politically, socially, and more. We consider such diverse forms of expressions as Indonesian Cinderella tales, Italian American festivals, Irish supernatural … Read more

Start Date

06/10

Meeting Day

Online

End Date

07/26

Faculty

Tim Correll

Time

-–Online

Credits

3

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This course revolves around the great themes of existentialism, often grouped together as “the human condition.” Through the works of philosophers, fiction writers, and artists, we will be introduced to the existentialist universe, a place populated with human beings who are suddenly and absolutely confronted with the responsibility of creating … Read more

Start Date

06/10

Meeting Day

Online

End Date

07/26

Faculty

Karla Odenwald

Time

-–Online

Credits

3

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Exploring changing conceptions of the individual in modern society. Topics include gender, race, ethnicity, and ideas concerning society, culture, work, and leisure. Readings are selected from psychology, sociology, Buddhism, existentialism, linguistics, anthropology, and popular literature. While we focus on the experiences in and of the modern West (including the implications … Read more

Start Date

06/10

Meeting Day

Online

End Date

07/26

Faculty

Michael Pak

Time

-–Online

Credits

3

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What is placemaking? If you’ve ever worked on a community art project, thought about how to make your streets safer, or wondered about how cities can be improved by better design, you’ve been involved in placemaking. It is a process that has gone on since the beginning of human society … Read more

Start Date

06/17

Meeting Day

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

End Date

06/27

Faculty

Max Grinnell

Time

10am–4pm

Credits

3

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Eating and the Environment focuses on the impact that our daily food purchases and consumption make on the environment and our health.  In the class, we will examine major themes related to both industrialized and sustainable agriculture, including: soil resources and pollution; water and air pollution; pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers; … Read more

Start Date

06/24

Meeting Day

Online

End Date

07/12

Faculty

Jennifer Cole

Time

Online–

Credits

3

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This course examines the uniqueness of the Latin American experience as expressed in its literature. The course gives particular attention to those works that reflect the social, political, ethnic, or cultural values of Latin American. The course also examines the impact of Latin American themes and literary techniques such as … Read more

Start Date

06/24

Meeting Day

Online

End Date

08/09

Faculty

Karla Odenwald

Time

Credits

3

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