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The arts challenge and extend human experience, providing means of expressing that include and go beyond speaking and writing. As a unique record of human cultures and their development, the arts provide distinctive ways of understanding human beings and nature. They are also an important course of enjoyment.

AUCA 110 Romanticism in the Arts: An Introduction

This integrative course introduces students to several major works of Western art, literature, and/or music produced during the late 18th and the 19th centuries, and encourages the investigation of the romantic impulse across the spectrum of multiple art forms. (Written Communication and Values Identification)

AUCA 120 The Art and Thought of Classical Greece

This integrative course in the arts and humanities provides students an opportunity to explore the interrelatedness of the arts and philosophic inquiry in ancient Greece. The materials to be considered include poetry, epics, drama, and Platonic dialogues. Some emphasis will be given to architecture, music, and the visual arts. (Written and Oral Communication and Values Identification)

AUCA 130 The Italian Renaissance

This integrative course will introduce the student to the arts and thought of the Italian Renaissance. The individual’s relation to nature, tradition, community, and self will be investigated and discussed as the student surveys a number of landmarks of the art, literature, music, and philosophy of the age. (Written and Oral Communication and Critical Thinking)

AUCA 140 Creativity: The Dynamics of Artistic Expression

This course will provide students with a series of workshops presented by different artists/instructors in a variety of media, ranging from the graphic arts to photography, writing, the performing arts, music, and other fine arts. The workshops and follow-up discussion sessions will expose students to how the imagination is used to create a variety of art forms that communicate the artists’ ideas or feelings. Students will have an opportunity to hone skills as both creative audience and creative participant in each art form. (Oral and Written Communication, Critical Thinking, and Values Identification)

AUCA 150 Ethnic Roots and Urban Arts

This course seeks to broaden students’ knowledge of the diversity and richness of the artistic contributions of ethnic groups that have shaped the dynamics of the urban community. Students acquire a knowledge base of selected ethnic arts, including visual arts, music, drama, language and literature, dance, and folkways, as well as their critical, historical, and sociological contexts. Students are exposed to the ethnic arts resources in the Greater Hartford area. (Oral and Written Communication and Values Identification)

AUCA 160 - Literature and Psychology

This course is designed to provide a broad introduction to psychological concepts and literary interpretation, emphasizing how these two discourses interact in a search to understand what makes us “us.” Focusing on a set of literary and psychological readings that differ with each section of the course, students will explore issues relating to thought, language, perception, cognition, and emotion through an interdisciplinary lens. The main objects of study will be primary literary and psychological texts, with “texts” broadly defined to allow for the inclusion of film, other visual media, and pop culture. Individual sections may focus on specific topics like psychoanalysis, psychopathology, trauma, child development, or social behavior. (Written communication and critical thinking)