Our Mission

The Arts & Ideas Program, as an integral component of the Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Curriculum, provides students with an intellectual engagement with the arts while also fostering opportunities for creative and aesthetic interactions. LAC Arts courses examine the significance of the arts in the human experience, the cultural framework of creative composition and performance, the foundations of aesthetic values, and the communicative function of the arts.

To see which classes have been approved for the ARTS credit, please check this comprehensive list.

Student Learning Outcomes

A student who completes 3.0 credits of ARTS will be able to do the following:

  1. Articulate the value of the arts studied and their impact on the self and others
  2. Recognize cultural, historical, spiritual, and/or political aspects of the arts studied
  3. Define and articulate the concepts, methods, and organizing principles of the arts studied

Ideally all ARTS courses would strive to produce these outcomes, as well as fulfill additional outcomes specific to individual course topics.

The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it. Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.”

-Michelle Obama