College Catalog: 2012-2013
School of Contemporary Arts (CA): Contemporary Arts (B.A.)
Website: School of Contemporary Arts
The Contemporary Arts major is an interdisciplinary contract major that allows students to design their own major to reflect their particular interests and career goals. Working in consultation with a faculty advisor, students select courses from the offerings across the School of Contemporary Arts and across the whole college. For example, a student interested in pursuing a career in arts management may elect to take courses from the fine arts programs of Music, Theater, and Visual Arts, combined with courses from the Communication Arts program, as well as courses from the Anisfield School of Business. Or, a student interested in photojournalism may combine Visual Arts courses in photography with journalism and writing courses offered in the Communication Arts program.
This major requires self-motivation and serious planning, but it can be especially rewarding for the student who has specific goals that cannot be met in a regular major at the college, or who wishes to have the flexibility to take a wider array of courses than would be possible in a regular major. After an initial consultation with the Convener of the major, each student will develop the major with a faculty advisor who is most knowledgeable in the area of the student’s interest.
Contemporary Arts Contract Major post titles include: Arts Management, Arts in Community, Business Communication, Advertising, Environmental Journalism, Photojournalism, Art and Design, Film Business.
This major leads to a B.A. degree. It requires a minimum of 48 credits, at least 16 of which must be upper level, (300/400), in addition to the School of Contemporary Arts Core.
As a first year student entering the College you may declare the Contemporary Arts major in provisional status. Upon the completion of 32 credits, you may declare the major in permanent status through the following process.
- Complete the major proposal form, explaining your academic interests and career goals and giving your major a title.
- Create a “wish list” of courses you think you would like to take.
- Schedule an appointment and meet with the convener of the major to discuss these and to review the requirements of the major.
- Complete the change of major form with the convener.
As a transfer student you should follow the same process, but should plan to meet with the convener before your orientation on campus in order to select appropriate courses for your first semester.
Note: You may not declare the Contemporary Arts Contract Major if you have completed more than 96 credits.
Advisement: Once you have declared the major, you will be assigned to work with a faculty advisor to develop a course sequencing plan that will serve to guide your course selection. You are expected to meet with your faculty advisor at least once in every semester. Your course sequencing plan will remain flexible until you apply for graduation. At least half of the credits applied to your major must be earned from courses taken in the School of Contemporary Arts.
- Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a (W) below. Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.
- Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible. Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
- Writing Intensive Requirement: Three writing intensive courses in the general education curriculum are required: First Year Seminar, Critical Reading and Writing (formerly College English), and READINGS IN THE HUMANITIES.
- Subject & Course # – Title & Course Description
- GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
- SELECT ONE – (W) SELECT ONE – (W) BADM 115 - PERSPECTIVES OF BUSINESS AND SOCIETY OR
- (W) SOSC 101 - SOCIAL ISSUES
- CRWT 102 - CRITICAL READING & WRITING II (was ENGL 180)
- AIID 201 - READINGS IN HUMANITIES (W)
- SELECT ONE – (W) GE-HISTORY CATEGORY: HIST 101-110
- SELECT ONE – GE-MATHEMATICS CATEGORY: MATH 101-121
- SELECT ONE – GE-SCIENCE WITH EXPERIENTIAL COMPONENT CATEGORY
- SELECT ONE – GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES CATEGORY
- SELECT ONE – GE-INTERCULTURAL NORTH AMERICA CATEGORY
- SELECT ONE – (W) GE-TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE CATEGORY
- SCHOOL OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS REQUIREMENTS
- CNTP 101 - FIRST YEAR TOPICS (W) (satisfies first year seminar requirement)
- SELECT TWO CA Interdisciplinary courses (only one can double-count in major)
- ARHT 301 - ART SINCE 1945
- ARHT 320 - NORTH AMERICAN ART AND VISUAL CULTURE 1700-1900
- ARHT 325 - AMERICAN ART II: 1865-1945
- ARHT 335 - 19TH CENTURY ART AND CULTURE
- ARHT 337 - PHOTOGRAPHY AND AFRICA
- ARHT 338 - EUROPEAN AVANT- GARDE ART & DESIGN
- ARHT 341 - IMPRESSIONISM AND AFTER
- ARHT 401 - WOMEN AND ART HISTORY (was 310)
- ARTS 331 - ART AS THERAPY
- CNTP 308 - THE SOCIAL DOCUMENTARY & HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES
- CNTP 310 - BLACK EXPERIENCE IN MEDIA
- CNTP 312 - CONTEMPORARY CRITICISM: FILM
- CNTP 315 - ART ON THE INTERNET
- CNTP 320 - BLACK EXPERIENCE THROUGH THEATER (was 210)
- CNTP 323 - SEXUAL POL GENDER&FILM RPRSNTN
- CNTP 325 - MEDIA SPORTS AND SOCIETY
- CNTP 327 - GLOBAL MULTICULTURAL MEDIA ISSUES
- CNTP 328 - GOOD & EVIL IN DESIGN,FILM & VISUAL MEDIA
- CNTP 347 - AMERICAN INDEPENDENT CINEMA
- CNTP 348 - LATINO IMAGES AND HOLLYWOOD
- CNTP 350 - DIGITAL CULTURE
- CNTP 363 - MEDIA AND CULTURE IN LATIN AMERICA
- CNTP 404 - THE DRAMATIC ELEMENT
- CNTP 411 - MEDIA AND SOCIETY
- CNTP 414 - FROM FICTION TO FILM
- CNTP 415 - JAZZ AND AMERICAN CULTURE
- CNTP 444 - ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN CINEMA
- CNTP 466 - ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY THEATER
- CNTP 468 - ART AND EXILE
- CNTP 487 - FILM, HISTORY, CULTURE AND MYTH
- COMM 310 - APOCALYPTIC VISIONS IN ANIME, FILM & MEDIA
- COMM 317 - MEDIA AND PERSUASION
- COMM 334 - HISTORY AND AESTHETICS: FILM EDITING
- COMM 347 - THE NEW TV CRITICISM
- COMM 356 - MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY
- COMM 357 - GLOBAL INDIAN CULTURE & MEDIA
- COMM 410 - GLOBAL MEDIA,LOCAL CHANGE
- MUSI 309 - MUSIC AND GENDER
- MUSI 325 - WRITING ABOUT MUSIC
- MUSI 328 - SOUNDTRACKS
- MUSI 335 - AVANT GARDE AND EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC
- MUSI 345 - DJ CULTURE
- MUSI 365 - CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES ON MUSIC
- MUSI 462 - MUSIC AND IDENTITY
- THEA 322 - AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATER
- THEA 323 - AMERICAN EXPERIMENTAL THEATER: 1950 TO THE PRESENT
- THEA 328 - CONTEMPORARY WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS
- THEA 331 - THEATER AND SOCIETY I
- THEA 334 - THEATER AND SOCIETY II
- THEA 341 - FASHION AND POLITICS
- CONTEMPORARY ARTS MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
- Please refer to the About the Major section for information on the major requirements.
- CA CONTRACT MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
- History/Theory/Criticism 200 level (choose two courses)
- ARHT 204 - INTRODUCTION TO NON WESTERN ART TRADITIONS
- ARHT 205 - INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN ART
- ARHT 214 - PHOTOGRAPHY: CONCEPTS AND HISTORY
- ARHT 220 - RENAISSANCE ART
- ARHT 225 - HISTORIES AND CONCEPTS OF 20TH CENTURY ART
- ARHT 240 - ART, ARTISTS, AND SOCIETY
- ARHT 241 - AFRICAN & AFRICAN AMERICAN ART
- COMM 203 - FILM REPRESENTATION: RACE, CLASS AND GENDER
- COMM 209 - HISTORY OF TV AND NEW MEDIA
- COMM 216 - MEDIA AND CINEMA STUDIES
- COMM 223 - CINEMA OF THE OTHER:CINEMA OF LATIN AMERICA, AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST
- COMM 229 - WORLD CINEMA MOVEMENTS
- MUSI 201 - MUSIC IN OUR TIME
- MUSI 202 - THE BLACK EXPERIENCE THROUGH MUSIC
- MUSI 203 - MUSIC OF LATIN AMERICA
- MUSI 204 - MUSIC AND DANCE IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA: CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
- MUSI 205 - MUSIC AND DANCE IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA: NORTH AMERICA
- MUSI 222 - MUSIC IN THE THEATER
- MUSI 224 - FILM MUSIC
- MUSI 232 - HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL
- MUSI 233 - HISTORY OF HIP-HOP AND RAP MUSIC
- MUSI 237 - HISTORY OF JAZZ
- MUSI 249 - AMERICAN MUSICAL TRADITIONS
- THEA 232 - HISTORY OF THEATER
- THEA 233 - DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN THEATER
- Internship requirement: CNTP 388
- Senior capstone requirement: Upon consultation with your faculty advisor, select a pre-existing capstone course from the offerings in the school, or design a 400-level Independent Study.
- Note: additional Contract courses require-must be selected with your contract advisor.
Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.