Liberal arts & sciences

A detailed listing of liberal arts & sciences/general education requirements can be found in the catalog.

LAS 105 Becoming a Scholar (3)
 LAS 105 is taken the first semester of the first year.

ENG 110 College English (3) or ENG 120 Advanced College English (3)
College English is to be taken during the first year. Students must take the English level (110 or 120) into which they were placed.

MAT 105 Understanding Numerical Data (2) or  COM 185 Public Speaking and Persuasion (3)
Understanding Numerical Data may be taken by any student who places into College Algebra or higher.

REL 100 Introduction to Biblical Worldview (3)

Fine arts requirement: One course selected in visual art, theatre or music. See list of approved courses.

Two natural sciences from different disciplines:  (including one lab science) (7)
Natural science courses with a NSC prefix are open to all students. Lab science courses may have prerequisites including a minimum math placement.

Two introductory social science course from different disciplines (6)

HUM 221/222 Humanities 1/2 (3)
Humanities 1 and 2 is open to all students who have completed College English.  Please see revisions to this requirement.

One upper level religion course (3)
The upper-level religion courses are open to all students who have completed Introduction to Biblical Worldview.

LAS 301 Issues in Modern America (3) or EDU 332 Social & Philosophical Issues in Education (3) 
Issues in Modern America is generally taken by juniors. Students must have completed 15 hours of general education credit before enrolling.

LAS 342 Cross-cultural Experience (4) or  6 hours of one foreign language taken at college level (6) or participation in an approved semester abroad program
Cross-cultural Experiences should be taken by students in the spring of their sophomore or junior year.
All Spanish courses require a placement test.

LAS 400 Christian Values in a Global Community (3)
Christian Values in the Global Community is open to seniors. Students must have completed LAS 301 Issues in Modern America or EDU 332 Social & Philosophical Issues in Education and their cross-cultural requirement prior to taking this course.

 

New courses to fulfill fine arts requirement

Pick one
 

Fall 2013 Offerings 

ART 135: Intro to Visual Art (3)  New course
This course provides a basic introduction to visual art for students majoring in other disciplines. Course content will include: art media; basic design principles; development of illusionary space; sculpture; and, masterpieces of Western art. Class presentations will include the study of visual art examples, gallery visits, creative engagement projects, and video presentations. MWF/9-9:50 am

ART 204: Drawing (3)
A series of problems designed to develop confidence in drawing while examining a number of ways of implying space in a two-dimensional surface. Theory is supported by work in the studio and extended through traditional and contemporary visual references. Students are encouraged to develop a personal approach through the use of a sketchbook. MWF/8-9:50 am

ART 217: Ceramics I (3)
Introduction to work in clay including hand building techniques, use of the potter's wheel, decorating and glazing methods, kilns and firing processes. Practical experience through participation in all phases of ceramic production. Survey of traditional and contemporary approaches to clay focused on promoting individual student response to the medium. MWF/2-3:50 pm

MUS 135: Intro to Music (3 ) New course
This course examines music from a variety of perspectives – as a listener, performer, and learning of music fundamentals. First, exploring music literature from pop, folk, classical, jazz, blues and world music, students develop basic skills as a listener, learning ear-training techniques. Second, as a performer, with an introduction to basic guitar chords and strummed accompaniments, percussion instruments and simple piano skills; and, third, as an introduction to music fundamentals, stressing note reading, rhythm, recognizing and understanding major and minor scales, intervals, triads and seventh chords.
MWF/9-9:50 am

 MUS 136: World Music (3 ) New course
Explore various world cultures through the lens of their specific musical practices and customs. Students will discover the fundamentals of music in a global perspective and explore how music functions in several specific cultures and societies: practically, socially, theologically, ideologically and/or politically. Hands-on music-making, observation and multimedia experiences will complement lectures and discussions to create a holistic understanding of music’s varying cultural roles.
MWF/10-10:50 am

THE 136: Theatre for Social Change (3 ) New course
Learn to use theatre techniques to promote justice and peacebuilding, help communities work through challenging topics, and have a great time developing as an artist at the same time. This course examines theoretical, practical, ethical and aesthetic elements of theatre created to promote social justice. Students will research and practice performance methodologies that promote civic dialog. The course includes the collaborative creation of an original piece of theatre by the class. No previous theatre experience is required, but a willingness to actively participate is essential. TR/2-3:45 pm

THE 257: Oral Interpretation (3 )
Through readings, exercises, workshops, and presentations, this class will develop your speaking voice to more powerfully, creatively, and expressively present public readings of prose fiction, drama, poetry, and personal narratives. You will develop understanding of others’ aesthetic literature and the ability to share this insight with listeners. MWF/3-3:50 pm

Spring 2014 Offerings

ART 136: Exploring Visual Art (3)  New course
Explore different topics in the visual arts, focusing on a particular style, theme, medium, or approach to visual art.  Sample topics include: American Art, Abstract Expressionism, Art of Non-Western Cultures, or Art as a Transformative Experience.
MWF/11-11:50

ART 207: Design II (3)
Study and practice of the fundamental principles of design applied to three-dimensional art and crafts. Introduction to and practical experience in a variety of traditional three-dimensional media including clay, wood, metal, and glass. Projects include functional wood sculpture, small metal casting, ceramic sculpture, and kiln-formed glass.  MWF/2-3:50 pm

ART 214: Watercolor (3)
Specific compositional problems exploring the possibilities of design and expression in watercolor technique. Use of the figure, still-life and landscape as initial references. MWF/8-9:50 am

MUS 136: World Music (3) New course
Explore various world cultures through the lens of their specific musical practices and customs. Students will discover the fundamentals of music in a global perspective and explore how music functions in several specific cultures and societies: practically, socially, theologically, ideologically and/or politically. Hands-on music-making, observation and multimedia experiences will complement lectures and discussions to create a holistic understanding of music’s varying cultural roles.
MWF/9-9:50 am

THE 135 Introduction to Theatre (3) New course
Students interested in watching, reading, analyzing, creating, and writing about theatre will enjoy this introductory course. In addition to learning about theatre as an art, a business and an expression of culture, students will work in small groups to create short performance pieces.
MWF/10-10:50 am

Revisions to social science requirement

Students are required to take two social science courses with two different prefixes. They can do this in one of two ways. They can take two courses from group A or they can take one course from group A and one course from group B. Group A consists of courses that are survey courses of the various social science disciplines. Group B consists of focused introductory social science courses.

Group A

 

Group B

 

Revisions to the humanities requirement

Students will need to take either Humanities 1 or 2. For their second course, they could take the other Humanities course or they could take a designated history or literature course listed below. This option applies to students in any major. Bluffton students are required to take Bluffton courses to meet this requirement.

History courses:

Literature courses: