Santa Clara University


Facilitator: Timothy Lukes, Political Science

We value love, money, fun, faith, work, thought, inspiration, community, and friendship. Why? Is it enough to say that these things help us to survive in the world, or do we value these things for reasons that are much more difficult to explain? In this Pathway, we explore a more complex and controversial motivation for human energy, an interest in beauty. It is an interest we do not always embrace, often preferring the less risky concepts of "cute" or "cool." But while Thomas Kinkade and Kenny G might fit right in, Beethoven sonatas and Michelangelo sculptures are difficult to characterize with such perfunctory terms. We encourage students setting off on this Pathway to consider whether there is a realm of the beautiful and, if there is, identify some of its characteristics and manifestations.

Associated Courses

Foundations Courses
(Please note that only the specific Foundation course topics qualify for the Pathway requirements,
and only one Foundations course may be applied to a Pathway)

ARTH            12A           Art, Power & Propaganda
ARTH            12A           Art, Trade & Cultural Exchange
ENGL            2A             Media, Self & Society
PHIL              4A             Ethics and Gender (cross-listed with WGST 58)

Art History
ARTH            21             Introduction to the Arts of Ancient and Medieval Europe
ARTH            26             Buddhas, Buildings, and Beauties: Theme and Style in Asian Art 
*ARTH          140            Photography in the United States (formerly 186)
*ARTH          143            Women’s Work: American Women in the Visual Arts (cross-listed with WGST 156; formerly ARTH 188)
*ARTH          144            Race, Gender, and Nation in the 18th and 19th Century American Art 
*ARTH          145            Perpetual Revolution: American Art in the 20th Century
ARTH            185            Post-Modern & Contemporary Art

ARTS             43              Basic Painting
ARTS             143            Painting

CLAS             180            Ancient and Modern Laughter (cross-listed with ENGL 162 [topic: Ancient and Modern Laughter] and THTR 181A)

ENGL            25              Reading Film
ENGL            121            Studies in American Film
ENGL            162            Studies in Comparative Literature [topic: Ancient and Modern Laughter] (cross-listed with CLAS 180 and THTR 181A)
ENGL            167            Modern Fiction

HIST              84              Women in American Society (cross-listed with WGST 57)

Mathematics and Computer Science
MATH            4               The Nature of Mathematics

MUSC            8               Introduction to Listening
*MUSC          190           Music of the Middle Ages
*MUSC          191           Music of the Renaissance
*MUSC          194           Music of the Romantic Period

PHIL              115            Feminism and Ethics (cross-listed with WGST 184)
PHIL              151            Philosophy: Topics in Literature and Film
PHIL              155            Aesthetics

The normal  prerequisite for all Philosophy upper division courses is  upper division standing.

Political Science
POLI              107            American Political Thought
POLI              193            Senior Seminar in Political Philosophy (topic: "Aesthetics and Politics" only)

Religious Studies
*RSOC           33             Maya Spirituality
*RSOC           91             Native Spiritual Traditions
*RSOC           136           Religion in Latin America
*TESP            176           Nature, Humanity, Spirituality

Theatre and Dance
THTR             30             Introduction to Design
THTR             122           Acting Styles II:Acting for the Camera
THTR             133           Scene Design
THTR             164           Women in Theatre
THTR             181A         Ancient and Modern Laughter (formerly THTR 182A - Classical Comedy; cross-listed with CLAS 180 and ENGL 162 [topic: Ancient and Modern Laughter])

Women's and Gender Studies
WGST            57             Women in American Society (cross-listed with HIST 84)
WGST            58             Ethics and Gender (cross-listed with PHIL 4A)
WGST            104           Beauty, Culture & Society in a Global Age
*WGST         156            Women in the Visual Arts (cross-listed with ARTH 143)
WGST           184            Feminism and Ethics (cross-listed with PHIL 115)

* Indicates Course Has Prerequisites