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Artistic Engagement Learning Outcome

Students develop an awareness of the rich and distinctive ways that artistic expression can provoke thought and emotion, practice appropriate audience behavior and appreciation, and develop the tools to understand the world they live in through artistic lenses.

General Course Description

In fulfilling the Artistic Engagement requirement (AR) for the Integrations Curriculum, students will find a passion for the fine arts that they may not realize they had or deepen the connection to the arts they have already established. Intentional AR programming will provide meaningful experiences for the students, which will affect their emotional, spiritual, and intellectual growth. One of the many things the fine arts do particularly well is push students outside of their comfort zone by exposing them to art forms and genres with which they may not be familiar. This is a goal of a liberal arts education; to get students more comfortable with being uncomfortable and accepting of the unfamiliar.

After attending the required number of AR-approved events (1 event for a 1-credit class; 2 events for 2- or 4- credit classes) for courses with the AR designation, students will submit a reflective essay for each of the events. 

The AR requirement for the Integrations Curriculum may be met through approved academic courses integrating one or two AR-approved events into the course. One credit classes require attendance at one AR-approved event while two- and four-credit courses require attendance at two AR-approved events.

All proposals must be approved prior to commencement of the experience.



General Curriculum Information

In the Integrations Curriculum a course can be designated as either:

  1. A Way of Thinking, AND/OR
  2. A Thematic Encounter or Thematic Focus
  3. CSD: Identity (CI) or CSD: Systems (CS), OR
  4. INTG 100: Learning Foundations (LF), INTG 205: Transfer Seminar, or INTG 300: Learning Integrations (LI), OR
  5. Theological Explorations (TE) or Theological Integrations (TI).

Any course carrying one of the above designations may also have one engagement^ (except for TE, CSD:I, LF, and LI, which cannot carry engagements):

  1. Artistic engagement (AR)
  2. Experiential engagement (EX)
  3. Global engagement (GL)*

Any course may satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning (QR) skill requirement.

Any course (except courses that fulfill Theological Explorations, Theological Integrations, Learning Foundations, or any course with a THEO course number) may also satisfy the Benedictine Raven (BN).

Any course except INTG 100 Learning Foundations, CSD:I, INTG 105 College Success, and INTG 300 Learning Integrations may satisfy the WR designation.**

^Semester-length study abroad courses may carry both GL and EX.

*Classes entering the Fall of 2020 and 2021 are waived from the GL and BN requirements.
**For classes entering in Fall 2022 onward.


Basic Course Information

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Please note: 

A.      The committee understands that some courses may still be in development. Prompts that ask for examples of assignments seek information about the spirit of what students will do and instructors are not bound to the specific details (e.g. writing prompts) provided. 

B.      The committee includes faculty from a variety of disciplines. Please remember to briefly explain disciplinary terms, contexts, and/or texts to allow all the members of the committee to best understand how your responses address the question.

C.      As you are answering these questions, please keep in mind that students will need to produce work to assess their fulfillment of the related learning outcomes if applicable. 



Best Practices in Experiential Learning

Each of the following questions is designed to help AR Advisory Board and the GECC understand how the AR goal will be met in your course. The questions are grounded in the four criteria for best practices adopted by the faculty in the Integrations Curriculum. The four criteria are: Intention, Preparedness and Planning, Authenticity, and Reflection. For more, see the AR Teaching Guidelines, found here.

In addition to AR-designated courses meeting the four criteria for best practices in experiential learning, AR experiences must be of an intensity and duration that is sufficient to enable the student to 1) apply their knowledge and skills in a real-world context and/or in an applied setting or situation and 2) engage in cyclical reflection demonstrating how they have discovered and internalized knowledge about themselves and the world through an artistic lens.

To ensure sufficient intensity and duration, AR events will be selected by a committee of Fine Arts faculty.

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