FNA 211 Introduction to Fine Arts In this class we learn about the arts by examining 8 different places in time. We may study, for example, the Maya and Periclean Athens and 9 th Century Baghdad. In each place we look at the art, architecture, literature, music, and other artistic expressions. We then further learn about the arts by comparing work made in those different locations.
GST 347 Aspects of Laughter What makes us laugh? In this course we will use insights drawn from many disciplines, including Philosophy, Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology, to find a range of different ideas for why we laugh and what laughter means. We will test the possibilities and limitations of each concept against both our own experiences and against works of art drawn from Art History, Literature, Film, and Popular Culture. In addition, we will apply what we are learning about laughter to map out a research project. Students will see how laughter is a delightful yet controversial thread through the social sciences and the arts and humanities, as they bring together laughter’s many aspects.
FNA 370 The Seven Virtues and the Seven Vices in the Arts This course uses the traditional Western notion of seven cardinal virtues and vices as a framework for studying Western art and culture. Exploring the virtues and vices in a variety of source documents and art works, including philosophical, literary, artistic, filmic, and musical texts, gives students a more sophisticated knowledge of their nature, how they change over time, and how they are embodied in the arts.
FNA 371 Love and the Fine Arts This course examines four aspects or philosophies of love: eros, agape, philia, and romantic love. Exploring each philosophy and then comparing it with others gives students a more sophisticated knowledge of this complex and fundamental human phenomenon. We will explore each aspect of love using original source documents, including philosophical, literary, artistic, filmic, and musical texts. Students develop a critical view, including the strengths and weaknesses, of each philosophy, as well as an awareness of their manifestations in contemporary culture and in their individual lives.