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Requirements Goals

To expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behavior, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature, philosophy, and the fine arts, students will engage in critical analysis, form aesthetic judgments, and develop an appreciation of the arts and humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society. Students should have experiences in both the arts and humanities.

Critical Thinking

The practice of critical thinking skills essential to the humanities and the arts, including analysis, ability to seek out a variety of interpretations and perspectives, skill at recognizing and articulating the value assumptions made by ourselves and others.

Student Competencies

Students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  2. understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.
  3. respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  4. engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  5. articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.
  6. demonstrate knowledge of a culture through non-English language study at the elementary (first year) or intermediate (second year) level.

Courses that satisfy this category include

ARTH 2551: Art History Survey I (4 credits)
ARTH 2552: Art History Survey II (4 credits)
CHIN 1111: Elementary Chinese I (4 credits)
CHIN 1112: Elementary Chinese II (4 credits)
ENGL 2190: Introduction to Creative Writing (3 credits)
ENGL 2250: Understanding Literature (3 credits)
ENGL 2340: The American Film (3 credits)
ENGL 2350: American Literature, to 1900 (3 credits)
ENGL 2355: American Literature, 1900 to Present (3 credits)
ENGL 2360: English Literature, to 1800 (3 credits)
ENGL 2365: English Literature, 1800 to Present (3 credits)
ENGL 2370: World Literature, to 1600 (3 credits)
ENGL 2375: World Literature, 1600 to Present (3 credits)
ENGL 2400: The Bible as Literature (3 credits)
ENGL 2410: Myth (3 credits)
GEOG 3810*: Geography of Europe (3 credits)
GER 1111: Elementary German I (4 credits)
GER 1112: Elementary German II (4 credits)
GER 2211: Intermediate German I (3 credits)
GER 2212: Intermediate German II (3 credits)
HUM 1100: Human Culture and Ideas (3 credits)
HUM 2100: European Culture and Civilization (3 credits)
HUM 2120: American Culture and Civilization (3 credits)
HUM 2130: Non-Western Cultures and Civilization (3 credits)
HUM 2160: Polynesian and Native Hawaiian Culture: Projects for the Hawaii Field Program (1-3 credits)
INTL 2200: International Study Experience: Humanities (1-3 credits)
MASC 1840: Introduction to Media Writing (3 credits)
MUS 1100: Introduction to Music (2 credits)
MUS 1120: Introduction to Folk, Jazz, and Rock Music (2 credits)
MUS 1130: Music Principles (3 credits)
MUS 2710: Symphonic Band (1-2 credits)
MUS 3110*: World Music (2 credits)
MUS 3120*: The History of Jazz (2 credits)
MUS 3130*: The History of Rock and Roll (2 credits)
OJIB 1111: Elementary Ojibwe I (4 credits)
OJIB 1112: Elementary Ojibwe II (4 credits)
OJIB 2211: Intermediate Ojibwe I (4 credits)
OJIB 2212: Intermediate Ojibwe II (4 credits)
PHIL 1100: Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)
PHIL 2220: Ethics (3 credits)
PHIL 2230: Logic (3 credits)
PHIL 2240: Aesthetics (3 credits)
PHIL 2250
: Human Nature (3 credits)
PHIL 2260: Women and Philosophy (3 credits)
PHIL 2270: Death and Survival (3 credits)
PHIL 2310: Philosophy in Literature (3 credits)
PHIL 2320: Philosophy of Religion (3 credits)
PHIL 2330: Philosophies of Non-Violence (3 credits)
PHIL 3310*: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3 credits)
PHIL 3320*: Modern Philosophy (3 credits)
PHIL 3330*: Nineteenth Century Philosophy (3 credits)
PHIL 3340*: Contemporary Analytic Philosophy (3 credits)
PHIL 3350*: Symbolic Logic (3 credits)
PHIL 3360*: Asian Philosophy (3 credits)
PHIL 3370*: Existentialism (3 credits)
PHIL 3390*: Marxist Philosophy (3 credits)
REL 2000: Religion in the Modern World (3 credits)
SPAN 1111: Elementary Spanish I (4 credits)
SPAN 1112: Elementary Spanish II (4 credits)
SPAN 2211: Intermediate Spanish I (3 credits)
SPAN 2212: Intermediate Spanish II (3 credits)
THSP 1100: Public Speaking (3 credits)
THSP 1500: Introduction to Theatre (2 credits)
THSP 2030: Introduction to Scriptwriting (2 credits)
THSP 2100: Special Topics in Oral Communication (2 credits)
THSP 2200: Introduction to Performance Studies (2 credits)
THSP 2220: Stage Acting (3 credits)
THSP 2800: Listening (2 credits)
VSAR 1101: Visual Foundations I (3 credits)
VSAR 1107: Introduction to Art (2 credits)
VSAR 2107: Visual Foundations III (3 credits)
VSAR 2210: Printmaking-Relief/Intaglio (3 credits)
VSAR 2217: Papermaking-Books (3 credits)
VSAR 2250: Painting (3 credits)
VSAR 2400: Jewelry/Metals (3 credits)
All-University course numbers 1954 and 2954 are available to any department for use as study-travel courses and will satisfy this category.

*This course will satisfy Liberal Education at BSU, but does not qualify for inclusion in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum as currently interpreted by MnSCU, and may not be accepted as a Liberal Education course at other MnSCU institutions or the University of Minnesota.

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