The objective of the program is to enable students to form and articulate their own critical perspectives based upon an understanding of four fundamental aspects of arts education: the nature of human development, the nature of art and artistic expression, the theory and practice of education, and the experience of artistic expression.
This program is not intended to prepare students to teach in the arts; it is designed for students who wish to deepen their understanding of both art and education, while critically exploring the relationship between these two kinds of human experience.
The arts and education program offers an interdisciplinary major and minor.
If you'd like to view a full listing of our course options in arts and education or any other subject, please visit the Online Course Catalogue.
Requirements for the Major (B.A.)
interdisciplinary, 12 courses
AEP 335; two courses from among DAN 325 Movement Analysis: Laban Studies, EDUC 301 Drama in a Development Context, PHIL 230 Aesthetics, or an equivalent theory-based arts course; one course from among EDUC 202 Human Growth and Development, PSY 203 Introduction to Child Psychology and Human Development, PSY 205 Adolescent Psychology; at least four studio electives, three of which must be in one artistic discipline (art, creative writing, dance, music, or theater); two additional education courses from one of the program core or elective groups; and two additional courses on art, culture, and society. Only three 100-level courses may count toward the major. All courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
Requirements for the Minor
interdisciplinary, 6 courses
AEP 335; one course from among DAN 325 Movement Analysis: Laban Studies, EDUC 301 Drama in a Development Context, PHIL 230 Aesthetics, or an equivalent theory-based arts course; one course from among EDUC 202 Human Growth and Development, PSY 203 Introduction to Child Psychology and Human Development, PSY 205 Adolescent Psychology, three studio electives in one discipline (art, creative writing, dance, music, or theater).
Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses, each designed to help students examine the role of the arts in fostering personal and cultural development. Below are some of our most popular classes.
AEP 335 Arts and Human Development
Explore the ways in which the arts serve human development by examining the relationship between the arts and various dimensions of development. Also, discover the connections between the arts and education while reflecting upon the significance of the arts in your own life. Delve deeper into this topic by taking EDUC 202 Human Growth and Development.
DAN 325 Movement Analysis: Laban Studies
Become acquainted with the theory and application of Laban Movement Analysis, which includes effort/shape, space harmony, and the Bartenieff Fundamentals™. Learn how these theories apply directly to all physical actions of the human body, nonverbal communication, cultural differences, choreography, live performance, therapeutic practices, and teaching methodology. Then, explore the musical side of the arts by enrolling in MUS 206 Opera as Drama.
EDUC 301 Drama in a Developmental Context
Study the relationship between dramatic experience and human development while examining the educational potential of drama. Learn about various perspectives on drama in education and analyze the functions of drama in human development. Continue exploring drama by enrolling in THTR 178 Acting I.