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Way of Thinking - Artistic Expression Course Proposal

Artistic Expression

This Way of Thinking includes the making, performance, and/or examination of artistic works through a lens of direct engagement with individual pieces of art. An experiential and critical understanding of artistic ways of thinking emerges from three sources: the process of moving from creative impulse to artistically informed production; the direct engagement with artistic expression, with focused consideration of relevant art form(s), style(s), and/or context(s); and intentional reflection on the experience of the work of art. Artistic knowledge, whether as artistic creation, contextual understanding, or critical reflection, will most successfully emerge from multiple experiences of this process, allowing students to discover and communicate their thoughts.

Students will directly engage with individual works of art in these courses. This engagement may be by creating original works, performing existing works, or through the examination of art works from the critical perspectives used by professional arts critics, arts theorists, and arts historians who examine historical or contemporary art forms primarily as art works. As a way of thinking, Artistic Expression may be cultivated through studio-, performance-, or workshop- based courses, including individual lessons; or through studies relating to the criticism or theory of the fine arts.

Students will also need to attend 2 arts events of the instructor's choosing.

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, 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 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.*

Any 2xx or 3xx, 4-credit course except INTG 100: Learning Foundations, CSD:I, INTG 105: College Success, and INTG 300:Learning Integrations may satisfy the Writing SKill (WR) designation. **

^Semester-length study abroad courses may carry both GLO and EXP.

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


A Way of Thinking course may only carry one Way of Thinking per instructor; team taught courses may have two distinct Ways of Thinking.

Will your course be team-taught?



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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.

Please read the following statement and initial next to the statement indicating your commitment to integrating attendance at 2 arts events:

Will you be applying for a Thematic Encounter or Thematic Focus designation?

If yes, you will need to fill out a separate application for either the Thematic Encounter (25% of 4-credit course at 100, 200, or 300 level) or Thematic Focus (100% of course at 200 or 300 level).

Are you applying for an Engagement (only one Engagement is allowed, unless your course is a semester-length study abroad which can apply for GLO and EXP)?